Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is in Dubai with 755 hp

Tuesday, 14 Nov, 2017

It is, needless to say, the most powerful Corvette and indeed Chevrolet production vehicle ever made.

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, and former boss of Holden.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.

At 755 hp and with a top speed of 755, the 2019 ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever.

Keeping all that power on the road is an aggressive aero package that includes a downforce-inducing front underwing and two different versions of rear wing. Back in your driveway, it's also the most extreme-looking: An optional massive rear spoiler and wraparound ground effects generate track-smacking downforce, while multiple gaping bumper portals replace the single unit on other Corvettes. The ZR1 generates more power than its previous sibling is because of the new intercooled 2.65-liter Eaton supercharger with 52 per cent more displacement.

In fact, it rams so much air down the V8's throat that it needs two fuel systems to feed it; the motor uses direct injection and supplemental port injection. This is sent through either a seven-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic (first ever auto ZR1).

Like the ZR1 Corvettes that have come before, this will be a swansong model for the current generation of Corvette - which has been on sale since 2013. GM says the new ZR1 has four new radiators and 13 heat exchangers in total.

That bigger supercharger meant a taller engine altogether, one that wouldn't clear the hood; so, while the center carbon-fibre section looks like one piece, it's actually separate, with the intercooler on top poking through, in a sort of retro "shaker hood" style.

Chevy hasn't revealed how quick it is, but says the ZR1 will break the 210 miles per hour barrier, which could put it within range of the $450,000 2016 miles per hour Ford GT.

"As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1's design supports its capability in every way", explained Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design Manager. The "High Wing" option provides an estimated 430kg of downforce alone.

Both of the ZR1's wings are tied into the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for strength and stability.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 in the photos is decorated with the Sebring Orange Design Package. Good thing the new 'Vette ZR1 has variable-ratio steering, helping to make this compromise less of an issue. Sport leather-trimmed bucket seats with microfiber inserts, along with splashes of carbon fiber trim and bronze-colored accents are also fitted in the 2019 ZR1.

Inside, the ZR1 also adds some more elegant touches to the familiar C7 cabin, including carbon fiber trim and either competition sports seats or Napa leather heated and cooled seats.