With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet

With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet

Chevy hasn't given us any specific performance numbers, but it did confirm that the new ZR1 achieves speeds in excess of 210 miles per hour (337 km/h).

For the first time, buyers have the option of an automatic transmission with the ZR1 - an eight-speed unit with paddle shifters - while a seven-speed manual is also offered. This wild vehicle has a supercharger so tall that it sticks up through the hood in an old-school shaker-style carbon fiber scoop that we absolutely love.

Chevrolet hasn't gone into much detail regarding the ZR1's performance potential, though the company claims the Corvette ZR1 is capable of speeds "over 210mph" (338km/h). It enables the ZR1 to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's base aero package. The latter is a first-ever on a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

All of this is hiding beneath the prominent carbon fiber cover, which the car's hood can not contain.

A new Sebring Orange Design Package will make it virtually impossible to ignore the new Corvette ZR1.

. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 tips the scales at 3,524 lb.

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.

A rear low wing is standard (this one helps achieve the highest top speed) while a High Wing (two-way adjustable) can be specified for those who are after high downforce on the track. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. Making the most of that aero, the ZTK also features Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, stiffer roll bars and re-tuned Magnetic Ride Control.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing auto. There's a bit of the stuff inside, on the steering wheel, seats and dashboard.

Also new is the Sebring Orange Design Package, which includes the eye-catching orange exterior paint of the same name, orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seatbelts, orange interior stitching and special bronze aluminium interior trim.

Chevrolet says the new Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in spring of 2018.

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

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