[PICS] Here’s Five Things We’ve Noticed About the 2019 Corvette ZR1


[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

It’s been a couple days now from the big reveal of the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Chevrolet has allowed various journalists and automotive outlets to film some walkarounds of the car while it was set up for the private reveal party in Dubai City. This, in turn, has given us multiple views of the new 755-horsepower Corvette and there are a few design points on the car we wanted to share.

1. The Rear Wing is Contoured to the Shape of the Rear Hatch

We wondered how access to the rear cargo area would be impacted by the placement of the high wing on the Corvette’s rear end cap. The rear hatch is fully functional and as the hatch is raised, you see that the high wing mirrors the shape of the rear hatch. When opening the hatch there looks to be only a quarter-inch to half an inch of clearance between the wing and hatch. The high wing does appear to block access though so you’ll be loading your track day cargo from the sides of the car.

Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

2. Orange Brake Calipers

This is a first for Corvette to be offered with the choice of Orange brake calipers. The Orange Caliper is exclusively available by ordering the ZR1 with the Sebring Orange Design Package. The checkbox package also includes Orange interior stitching, Orange seatbelts, and a special bronze-aluminum replaces the regular aluminum trim on the center console, seats and door panels.

[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

3. ZR1 Floor Mats

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has special floor mats showing a sideways ZR1 logo against the honeycomb design from the ZR1’s front grille. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chevy offered them as color coordinated with the exterior like it does with Grand Sport floor mats.

[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

4. The Most Power Engine Chevrolet Ever Made Is One You’ll Never See

The Corvette ZR1’s LT5 V8 is nearly 3 inches taller than its LT4 counterpart and to keep the hood height down, Chevrolet covers it in beautiful carbon fiber cover that stays in place as the halo hood is opened. So you’ll almost never see the throwback font on the top of the LT5 supercharger cover. One question we have for the Corvette Team is if the LT5 will be built in the Corvette factory’s Performance Build Center.

[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1
[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

5. The ZR1’s Rocker Panels Feature a Painted Edge

As part of the Sebring Orange Design Package, the edge and bottom of the Corvette ZR1’s side rocker panels are painted in Sebring Orange, while the top remains the visible Carbon Fiber. It really integrates the side rockers into the design while still showcasing the carbon fiber weave. I think that’s something I would like to see offered in multiple colors!

[PICS] Here's Five Things We've Noticed about the 2019 Corvette ZR1

There are a few items we’d like to take a closer look at. The bronze aluminum trim in the interior is interesting and I still haven’t seen a good picture of the interior ZR1 console badge yet. Have you spotted some features or a particular design cue from the 2019 Corvette ZR1 that we should take a closer look at? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. This may be much ado about very little as super horsepower doesn’t make a great track car. Where are the Nuringburg numbers, max G’s in cornering, specs about acceleration rates, etc. Is this just a high horsepower Z06 and meant to fill the gap in interest between now and the C-8? With sales falling substantially for the C7, it’s time for more than another special interior and color combo (e.g. spice edition). But this seems like a lot of effort and cost for a one year car if that’s all there is to be.
    I think this is more of a development mule for the high horsepower C8 that may be coming. Think of all the engineers learned about cooling that will be required to cool a big block V8 in the back of the C8. The Europeans only put the small blocks in the back and still fit cooling issues.

  2. The Aluminum trim appears to be also on the back of the seats. The Side vents are Carbon Fiber as well as the vents in the rear quarter panel. Side view mirrors are probably only for Dubai.

  3. Can do look closer at the vent on the front quarter panels? are they very plain and boring or is there some badge treatment that we cannot see? Hope it is more dressed up than it first appears.

  4. Hope the “bronze aluminum” interior trim package will become available from GM or aftermarket suppliers. Love the extra Carbonfiber on the exterior trim as well. As the “hood height” makes the ZR1 not an “euro” model, I’m assuming the turn indicators in the mirrors will be standard. I agree about the wheels that they appear rather mundane for such an “exotic” looking beast. Can’t wait to see one in person.

  5. I did leave a comment somewhere else on the Covette Blogger site but I don’t see it here, so here it is again. Sorry if I’m being redundant.

    I was wowed by the new ZR1 logo. At first I thought it was ZR with the letter O at the end, depicting O for ONE. As I kept looking at the O I kind of saw a 7 in the front part of the O…depicting Seventh generation or C7. Then as I kept looking at the logo or maybe saw it in another picture it totally popped out to me that buried in what I thought was an O…there as plain as day was the number 1.

    Does anyone else see this or am I goofy


  6. My LeMans hat has a similar treatment – sort of an optical illusion – 24h in silver with the “4” blacked out on a black hat…unique.

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