Chevrolet put together another remarkable reveal event last night in Los Angeles for the 2019 Corvette ZR1. The event was highlighted by the introduction of the Corvette ZR1’s convertible model which is capable of a 200 + mph top speed. Introducing the Corvette ZR1 to America was GM executive vice president Mark Reuss.
Mark’s introductory remarks called the Corvette ZR1 the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever. “Nothing makes a heartbeat faster than a Corvette”, said Reuss. The ZR1 was accomplished through a close collaboration between design and engineering, creating a beautiful and incredibly fast supercar. With a top speed of 212 miles per hour, its performance is unprecedented in the 65 years of the Corvette.
The Corvette ZR1 also represents a number of “firsts”, including dual fuel injection as well as having the most carbon fiber construction ever on a Corvette. The Corvette ZR1 will be offered in both Coupe and Convertible models, and owners can select the 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
Even more remarkable are the starting price points for the Corvette ZR1. The Coupe will start with an MSRP of $119,995 while the Convertible comes in slightly more at $123,995. Chevrolet also made known that the ZTK Performance Package with the High-Wing, aggressive from splitter end caps and Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires would add an additional $2,995 to the purchase price. Two trim packages are expected for the ZR1 with the upper 3ZR (unsure if that is official RPO name) will cost an additional $10,000. Four wheel designs are expected (Matte Black, Gloss Black, Chrome and most likely painted aluminum). A fully loaded Corvette ZR1 will run around $140,000.
Some other quick points – the ZR1 doesn’t have Active Fuel Management (AFM) on the LT5 so there is no Eco mode (or Weather mode) as one of the drive selections. The ZR1’s ECM, crank, fuel delivery system, clutch, and exhaust are exclusive to the ZR1.
Our friend Jeremy Welborn was there for us at the reveal and has shared this video from the lauch event last night:
The private event for the “Corvette Celebration” was held at Zynderia Studios in LA. In addition to the media, GM offered 35 Corvette owners the opportunity to attend on a “first-come” basis. Outside was a large group of Corvettes and when the door opened at 7:00 pm, more Corvettes awaited inside, along with Hors-d’oeuvres and beverages.
Corvette Team members were in attendance including Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles, Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennion, and Performance Design Head Tom Peters.
After a sneak peak of the Corvette ZR1 was offered to the Corvette enthusiasts, the doors opened to a second sound stage for the main reveal at 8:00 pm PT. An opening act featured a DJ and violinist that seemed to play forever, but then it was time for the Corvette ZR1 reveal.