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2019 Corvette ZR1 Arrives Spring of 2018 – Press Release, Specifications and Photos

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Below is the official announcement from GM introducing the 2019 Corvette ZR1!

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2019 Corvette ZR1: Return of the King

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever retakes its supercar crown

2017-11-12

DUBAI — The King is returning, stronger than ever.

Chevrolet today introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that pushes Corvette’s performance legacy with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in its production history.

“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, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette’s track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.

Most powerful ever

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 LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output.

Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

Fastest ever

The 2019 Corvette ZR1’s aggressive appearance is driven by function, contributing to its distinction as the fastest production Corvette to date.

An all-new front fascia is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A special carbon-fiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly. Additional features, including aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, help push the ZR1 harder onto the track for more confident handling and faster lap times. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph.

“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”

The ZR1 will offer two aero packages: a standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package, and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing that offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times — about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.

The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.

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

Sebring Orange Design Package

The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1’s tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, poised to take on the world’s best.

It’s good to be the King.

Below are the preliminary specifications for the 2019 Corvette ZR1 from Chevrolet:

GM-EST. FUEL ECONOMY

City 15 mpg (manual)
13 mpg (automatic)
Highway 22 mpg (manual)
23 mpg (automatic)

 

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

18.5 gal. / 70 liters

 

ENGINE

Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
Bore & stroke

(in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material: Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: Direct and port injection
Horsepower
(hp @ rpm):
755 @ 6300 rpm (SAE certified)
Torque
(lb.-ft. @ rpm):
715 @ 4400 rpm (SAE certified)

 

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type: 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match

8-speed paddle-shaft automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 3.42 (manual)

2.41 (automatic)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Steering Type: Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
Turning Circle
(ft. / m):
39.2 / 11.6
Brake Type: Front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece carbon ceramic matrix rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers
Brake Rotor Size (in / mm): Front –15.5 / 394
Rear –15.3 / 388
Wheel Size: Front: 19-inch x 10.5-inch

Rear: 20-inch x 12-inch

Tire Size: Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (std.)

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (ZTK)

Front: P285/30ZR19

Rear: P335/25ZR20

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase
(in. / mm):
106.7 / 2710
Overall Length
(in. / mm):
176.9 / 4493
Overall Width
(in. / mm):
77.4 / 1965
Overall Height
(in. / mm):
48.6 / 1234

 

Track (in. mm): 63.6 / 1615 (front)

62.5 / 1588 (rear)

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Headroom

(in / mm):

38 / 962
Legroom

(in. / mm):

43 / 1092
Shoulder Room

(in. / mm):

55 / 1397
Hip Room
(in. / mm):
54 / 1371

 

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES

Curb Weight

(lb. / kg):

3524 / 1598
EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. / L): 52 / 1472
Cargo volume

(cu. ft. / L):

15 / 425

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About Rob

Robert M. Loszewski is the Director of Corvette Marketing at MacMulkin Chevrolet in Nashua, New Hampshire as well as the Owner and Site Administrator of the Corvette Action Center; a quality-driven Corvette news and information web site that he started in 2000.