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13 November 2017, 06:34 | Jodi Jackson
First Look: With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet
A pre-bailout Chevrolet just revealed their fastest production car-the Corvette ZR1. 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. This uprated version of the "plastic fantastic" is so awesome that IT. SPITS.
Chevrolet wants the Corvette to become a global flagship for the brand, in the same way the Ford Mustang expanded beyond North America with its most recent model. Chevrolet didn't go into specifics but confirmed the model has a top speed in excess of 210 miles per hour (337 km/h). It generated 375 hp, and to manage the power Chevrolet upgraded the car's brakes, steering, and adaptive damping suspension. The sticker price was nearly $60,000, a fortune then.and now.
Aside from taking the shortest hiatus in the model's history, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 continues the car's history of maximizing performance and altering its form in order to satisfy function. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. At the rear the standard ZR1 comes with a low set wing that provides 70 per cent more downforce than the Corvette Z06's aerodynamic package.
Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard "Low Wing" variant is created to deliver the highest top speed. To that end, Chevrolet added four extra radiators to bring the total number of heat exchangers on the vehicle to 13, sucking on air from huge front air intakes as well as a vented carbon fibre bonnet - the latter has a cut out for the massive supercharger and intercooler assembly. You also get special chassis tuning, Magnetic Ride Control and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. Both wings are connected to the chassis for added stability.
Speaking of the interior, the ZR1 comes as standard with leather-trimmed seats, and can be specified with sueded microfibre inserts or even Napa leather upholstery together with heating with ventilation.
But the ZR1 isn't just about grunt, the Chevrolet engineers have tuned every element of the auto for maximum performance.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, poised to take on the world's best.
A Sebring Orange Design Package is available, including bright "arrest-me-now" exterior paint combined with matching interior stitching and seat belts, as well as bronze aluminum interior trim. The price is yet to be announced, but if you must ask, you probably can not afford it. Count on spending six figures, though, and that's before dealers add markup. "Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back". In this respect, then, the vehicle remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.
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