Chevrolet Debuts 755-Horsepower Corvette ZR1 In Flashy 'Sebring Orange'

This is the most powerful version of the Corvette ever to go into production

General Motors has revealed the fastest and most powerful factory-built Corvette ever. The result is the production of 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.

It's the return of the King Kong Corvette, a supercharged superstar with 755 horsepower. To get these insane numbers, Chevrolet had to bring in a completely new supercharger that offers 52-percent more displacement than that of the old Z06 LT4.

That's over 100 more horsepower than the Z06 'Vette. The 2018 Corvette Z06 starts at $81,585 and the previous 2009 ZR1 started at $105,000.

A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the new 8-speed automatic an option. That automatically increases the noise levels the harder you push it.

Among the available exterior colours, Orange Sebring is the new choice. This upgrade installed racing-grade suspension, braking, and cooling components, along with a heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is GM's most powerful car ever

This may not be the first Corvette ZR1, but it is the first to be offered with an automatic transmission. Y'know, stuff like air conditioning and power windows. The LT5 supercharged engine will be hand-built. The Corvette ZR-1 had 11-inch wide rear wheels with swollen bodywork to accommodate them. Chevy says the top speed of the ZR1 is more than 210 miles per hour in a news release. The final edition of this version of the ZR1 rolled off the assembly line in 2013. That adds up to a smoother change when you release the clutch.

The Corvette is generally thought of as an accessible sports vehicle, but GM refers to the ZR1 as a "Supercar". To that end there are no less than 13 heat-exchanging units, including four new radiators.

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. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing auto. Equipped with the standard Low Wing trim, the ZR1 generates 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's base aero package, while the two-way adjustable High Wing package (or ZTK Performance Pack) gives the ZR1 60 percent more downforce on the track.

The ZR1 gets the LT5-designated 6.2-litre V8 producing 765hp and 969Nm. Other available features include competition sport seats, a performance data recorder, Bose premium audio system and a carbon fiber rimmed sport steering wheel.

The ZR1 ushered supercharging into the Corvette's wheelhouse almost a decade ago, and this C7 ZR1 assures it's alive and well. 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.




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