Versus the single-bumper opening on lesser Corvettes (even the Z06), the ZR1 gets three massive openings plus what appears to be a fourth one tucked above the road-hugging splitter. There's also a new carbon fiber "halo" hood that was developed specifically for the cooling of the new engine version sporting the highest output ever for a street-legal Chevrolet production auto.
"Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back".
At the Dubai International Motor Show, in the city where everything is outrageously sized and designed, Chevrolet unveiled its all-new 2019 Corvette ZR1, the fastest and most powerful production Corvette ever created. The second is an available two-way-adjustable High Wing for maximum downforce - about 60 percent more than the Z06's Z07 Performance Package - to return the quickest lap times.
The ZR1's LT5 6.2L V-8 engine advances Corvette's supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06.
The new "King of the Hill" has a 755 hp 6.2-liter V8 sticking out of its hood, thanks to a supercharger that's over 50 percent larger than the one used by the now relatively weak-kneed 650 hp Corvette Z06. GM's first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output. The power is channeled through the familiar Corvette seven-speed manual - or, in a first for ZR1s, an eight-speed automatic with manual-mode paddle-shifters.
Inside: details like a carbon fiber-trimmed steering wheel highlight the 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Not only does the ZR1 have a more-efficient intercooler system with a heat extractor hole on its hood, but it also packs four new radiators, bringing the number of heat-exchangers to 13.
The engine sits underneath what Chevrolet calls a "halo hood" which features a carbon fibre two-piece bonnet bulge.
Chevy claims that after benchmarking a few sports cars with active wings, they came to the conclusion that those serve more of an aesthetic goal than anything else, creating the least drag and the most downforce at their fully extended form. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 miles per hour. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. You also get special chassis tuning, Magnetic Ride Control and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. Both wings are tied to the ZR1 chassis, much like the C7.R race vehicle, to ensure maximum stability. In fact, there's more than enough to shock you: whether or not you opt for the eye-searing Sebring Orange Design Package. Drivers will also find unique orange stitching, bronze aluminum trim, and leather seats with suede microfiber inserts; optional are the heated and vented Napa leather seats.
GM says that, on the racetrack, the new ZR1 is the highest-performing Vette in the nameplate's production history.