Happy ZR1 Day!
Today is the day that dealers will be getting their first production allocations and can begin placing their orders for the new 755-hp 2019 Corvette ZR1. This rollout of Chevrolet’s tip of the spear will be extremely controlled according to those that we’ve spoken with.
So first are the relevant dates. Ordering opens today with Chevrolet starting production of the Corvette ZR1s during the week of March 5th. We’ve heard that there will most likely be some strict quality-assurance checks on the cars before they are released from the assembly plant, so we are probably looking at the end of March or early April before the first customers receive their cars.
The big question following the reveal has been how many Corvette ZR1s will Chevrolet produce. The estimate we’ve been using comes from an interview with plant manager Kai Spande who said that ZR1 production will be somewhere less than 2000 for the calendar year, which means about 200 per month will be produced.
We have been told that Chevrolet will likely pick up somewhere between 40-45 Corvette ZR1s during the first production week in March and a quick survey tells us that these allocations will be spread out with chosen dealers getting just one allocation in the first week. It’s possible that those numbers will scale higher once production gets underway but get used to ZR1 production being very controlled.
We’ve also been hearing that its the carbon fiber content that may cause production constraints for the new model. However, now that ordering is here, it’s the transmission choices that are currently limited during the ZR1 rollout. There is a constraint on the Corvette ZR1 for 7-speed manual transmissions so the first month will only see automatics being produced.
Unfortunately, the current Corvette configurator at Chevrolet.com doesn’t allow you to build your ZR1 yet. However, Chevrolet did announce pricing for the 2019 Corvette ZR1 during its US-debut in Los Angeles. The ZR1 Coupe will start at $119,995, and the convertible will begin at $123,995.
While most of the initial ZR1 allocations that were released to dealers have been spoken for, it’s a good idea to stay in contact with your chosen dealer as some buyers will back out due to price or options and that means another customer may move ahead. We have also seen some offers for buying ZR1 allocations from dealers on eBay, but buyer beware as some are charging $5,000 or more to move you to the front of the line.
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