[PICS] Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!

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[PICS] Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


The 2019 Corvette ZR1 made its official debut today at an exclusive event in Dubai City and with it comes the official release of information about Chevrolet’s newest supercar.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is powered by the new LT5 6.2L V8 engine that utilizes a 52% larger Eaton supercharger to make nearly 300 horsepower more than the base Stingray. Officially, the new King of the Hill ZR1 comes with 755 horsepower rated at 6,300 rpm and 715 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm, a slight increase from the 750-hp/680 torque that was surmised in the Car and Driver article.

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


One of the most obvious changes to the ZR1 is the massive air openings in the front that helps to keep the ZR1 cool. The air is channeled through the car and four new radiators are added to bring the total count of heat exchangers to 13! The supercharger and intercooler are so large, the special carbon fiber “halo” hood of the ZR1 is 2.9 inches taller than that found on the Z06. Because of the additional hood-height, Chevrolet will only offer the car in the USA and in the Middle East.

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


The ZR1 will offer two different aero packages. Standard is the “Low Wing” which Chevrolet says is designed to help the Corvette ZR1 achieved a top speed estimated to be greater than 210 mph. The Low Wing delivers 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero. The second aero package features a two-way-adjustable “High Wing” for maximum downforce on the track. The High Wing offers 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the Stage 3 Z07 performance package.

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


The official press release says that Chevrolet will offer the ZTK Performance Package which includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for great cornering.

Chevrolet will also offer a new Sebring Orange Design package featuring the new Sebring Orange exterior, as well as Orange brake calipers, Orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, Orange seat belts, Orange interior stitching and a unique Bronze aluminum interior trim.

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!
Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!
Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


The Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next spring and will be offered with the 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic. Although spy photos showed a Convertible model, Chevrolet doesn’t mention the choice of body styles in the press release, nor do they provide an MSRP for the car. Car and Driver suggested a starting price of around $120,000

Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!
Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!
Return of the King! The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Officially Makes its Debut!


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

2019 CORVETTE ZR1: RETURN OF THE KING
The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever retakes its supercar crown

DUBAI — The King is returning, stronger than ever.

Chevrolet today introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that pushes Corvette’s performance legacy with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in its production history.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette’s track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.

Most powerful ever

The ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine advances Corvette’s supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output.

Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

Fastest ever

The 2019 Corvette ZR1’s aggressive appearance is driven by function, contributing to its distinction as the fastest production Corvette to date.

An all-new front fascia is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A special carbon-fiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly. Additional features, including aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, help push the ZR1 harder onto the track for more confident handling and faster lap times. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph.

“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”

The ZR1 will offer two aero packages: a standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package, and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing that offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times — about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.

The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.

Both of the ZR1’s wings are tied into the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for strength and stability.

Sebring Orange Design Package

The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1’s tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, poised to take on the world’s best.

It’s good to be the King.


Source:
Chevrolet

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Keith for keeping us Vette Lovers updated and informed about everything Corvette! The ZR1 is worth waiting for. Can’t wait to check out the new Sebring Orange. It’s loaded with Performance, maybe someday I’ll get to drive one.

  2. Wow…check out the 2019 ZR1 Logo!

    At first I thought the end figure was an O. Like for the number ONE, but with a slight hint of a number SEVEN,

    For C7 generation. Then as I saw other photos and saw a distinct number 1 buried in what I thought was the O.
    They put it on the rear panel too…Which I think is a great WOW factor also.

  3. Dubai, really. The Princes in the first couple of rows are the only ones that can afford it.
    Heck, I couldn’t afford the insurance.
    More horse power and torque than people who drive it will have brains to handle it. 755HP/715lb/ft
    is insane. Would presume a few will be wrecked by their purchasers before they even get home.
    All those additional coolers will certainly be fuel for the current Z06 law suits.
    I’ll stick with my 1980 NCECA Corvette. On a smiles per dollar basis, I win that race.
    NCECA = No Captain Electron Computerized Anything!

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