2019 Corvette ZR1


         The Corvette C7 ZR1 was unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show for the 2019 model year. The ZR1 is heavily based on the Z06 platform with many noticeable changes, including the all-new LT5 equipped with a Eaton supercharger that is 52% larger than that of the Z06 along with a new fuel injection system. The new engine produces 755hp and 715 lb. ft of torque. The ZR1 also includes an improved engine cooling system with extra-large cooling vents in the front bumpers, vents on the halo-style hood and a much larger intercooler. The cooling system also adds 4 more radiators bringing the total count to 13. Due to the large supercharger and intercooler, an opening is made in the hood, hence halo-style, but is concealed by making the intercooler cover in such a way that it looks like a part of the hood.  


         The ZR1's aero package has been developed in collaboration with the Corvette racing team in wind tunnels which includes a large rear wing bolted directly on the chassis, a front splitter and a new underbody spoiler to balance drag. A fixed wing was added after the engineers at Corvette racing team discovered that an active rear wing serves no more than an aesthetic purpose. Due to the added aero elements, the ZR1 produces 70% more downforce than the Z06.

         Other changes include an active exhaust system and an upgraded crankshaft, all of which help propel the car to a projected top speed of 212 mph . The optional aero packages available for the ZR1 are the Z07 performance package which adds a higher and a two way adjustable fixed rear wing which generates 60% more downforce than the Z06 but also reduces top speed due to aerodynamic drag, and the ZTK performance package which also adds a new front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires instead of the standard Michelin Super Sport tires and specific chassis and magnetic ride control settings for better cornering.


         Besides the extensive use of carbon fiber, the ZR1 is heavier than the Z06 at 3,560 lbs. The car has a power to weight ratio of 4.72 lbs. per horsepower. The ZR1 is available with a 7-speed manual transmission that features rev-match or an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The ZR1 comes with larger tires and wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, double wishbone suspension system and magnetic ride control system as standard with optional brake caliper colors and wheels. The interior includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel and Bose sound system as standard with a variety of performance and comfort options available. The ZR1 will be available for sale in the spring of 2018 with a price tag starting from $120,000.
         A convertible version of the ZR1 was revealed at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Performance figures remain the same as the coupe but the convertible weighs 60 lbs. more than its coupe counterpart due to structural reinforcing components which is why it has a reduced top speed from the coupe.
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