If the rumors prove true that the 2019 Corvette ZR1 could be a one-year-only model, then what a year that will have been.
We wonder whether Chevrolet would put so much effort into the ZR1 just to build it for one year, but who knows what will happen in 2020 with the C8 widely speculated to be arriving then.
In the meantime, the 2019 ZR1 just keeps racking up honor after honor, the latest being chosen as Motor Authority’s “Best Car to Buy 2019“.
“We were overwhelmed by the ZR1’s prodigious power – 755 supercharged horses will do that – but found it even more capable on the track and perfectly livable on the street. It’s a missile pointed relentlessly forward, and it’s capable of amazing speed in skilled hands,” Motor Authority writes.
After comprehensive back-to-back testing, the ZR1 beat out “a particularly strong” field this year that included the Audi RS 5, BMW M5, Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, and Jaguar I-Pace.
No surprise victory for Corvette enthusiasts, considering that the ZR1 produces a top speed of a whopping 212 mph and scoots along 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds and 0 to 100 in 6.0 seconds, and turns a 10.6-second quarter mile – numbers “that can best supercars that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more,” Motor Authority notes.
“The torque from the LT5 V-8 comes on like a hammer when pushed hard, but the engine will stay in the background with a light throttle foot,” Motor Authority praises. “There’s so much torque that shifting the tight and positive 7-speed gearbox is rarely necessary. Speed builds relentlessly, and the sound makes you think you might be swallowed whole by an angry Demogorgon.”
They liked the fact that the XR1 “isn’t the handful on a track we expected,” instead offering limits as high as the driver’s talent while also making any driver “feel like a hero behind the wheel.” That drivability extends to regular streets, too.
“Yes, the ride is firm, the front tires will occasionally tramline on the freeway, the big rear wing makes the hatch hard to use, and the interior isn’t quite worthy of a six-figure supercar,” Motor Authority says, “but you can cruise in the ZR1 without getting fatigued” thanks to goodies like the 8-inch infotainment screen, heated and cooled seats, and an onboard wi-fi hotspot.
Overall, the 2019 ZR1 remains “a usable supercar that you can drive regularly, not just take to track days or rub with a diaper, “Motor Authority concludes, “and you won’t find any car that can put up its track times for even twice the price.”
The website went on to congratulate the Corvette team for “building not only the pinnacle of the Corvette nameplate, but a car that deserves a hallowed place in supercar history.”
See the 2019 Corvette ZR1 photo gallery at MotorAuthority.com