Corvette ZR1: 5 fast facts about Chevy's new supercar


Chevrolet states that the top speed of the new ZR1 is an astonishing 210 miles per hour.

The ZR1 gets the LT5-designated 6.2-litre V8 producing 765hp and 969Nm.

While there have been many spy photos circulating showing a mid-engine Corvette under development, the introduction of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at the Dubai Motor Show shows that there is plenty of life left in the traditional front-engine rear-drive configuration.

While no pricing information is available, Chevrolet says the ZR1 supercar will go on sale in the spring of 2018. The LT5 also has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first not only for Chevy but all of GM.

What's more, you don't need to know how to use a clutch pedal to drive the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Chevy is playing the 0-60 miles per hour and quarter mile numbers close to its chest right now.

It's a boutique approach that in many ways is at odds with the "supercar for the people" strategy Chevy has long taken with the Corvette in general, but it makes a lot of sense for the 2019 ZR1. The front fascia's design is more than cosmetic; it's created to channel air to four new radiators, bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13 on the vehicle.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is GM's most powerful car ever
Corvette ZR1: 5 fast facts about Chevy's new supercar

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. You can go the low route with the car's standard, fixed Low Wing, which is designed with top speed in mind.

Nineteen-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wear P285/30ZR19 front and P335/25ZR20 rear tires, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber.

Chevrolet isn't quite making the decision as binary as that, but when you're ordering your shiny new 2019 Corvette ZR1 you do have a choice to make.

Another option will be a Sebring Orange design package that combines Sebring orange paint with matching brake calipers and accent stripes for the splitter and rocker and, inside, orange seat belts, stitching, and bronze aluminum interior trim.

Both of the rear wings are tied directly into the car's chassis, as on the C7.R race auto, for the best possible strength and stability. Upgrades to the ZR1's standard equipment list include simulated suede seat inserts, premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, competition sport seats, a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, a Performance Data Recorder, a Bose premium audio system, and more.

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