Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: The Beast is Back

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 leaked on magazine cover

Never had any auto with a bowtie produced this much power and gone this fast.

A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the new 8-speed automatic an option.

The new 2019 ZR1 is what Chevrolet is calling its fastest, most powerful production Corvette yet. The Corvette ZR-1 had 11-inch wide rear wheels with swollen bodywork to accommodate them. Equipped with a hand-built, supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the third installment of the ZR1 made 638-hp, boasted a top speed of 205 miles per hour, and included lots of carbon fiber body work, a magnesium front cradle, a unique rear axle design, carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic ride control suspension, a 6-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch, and a launch control system to maximize acceleration. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 tips the scales at 3,524 lb. The final edition of this version of the ZR1 rolled off the assembly line in 2013. The bonnet features a new carbon-fibre "halo" design specially developed to help cool the big engine.

Hidden underneath the chiseled front end is a new underwing that creates downforce to keep the ZR1 stuck to the road.

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A low-wing pack is available to maximise the ZR1's top speed, while a two-way-adjustable high wing generates more downforce and is designed for faster lap times. The package also includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, chassis modifications, and a retuned Magnetic Ride Control system that promises to deliver even greater cornering grip. Tires will be sized P285/30ZR19 up front and P335/25ZR20 in back.

Inside the cockpit, Chevrolet threw in its best mix of materials, including leather for the seats and suede microfiber inserts.

The C7 generation Corvette has reached its peak, and it's called the ZR1.

The Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next year but Chevrolet isn't revealing the all important number on the price just yet. Optionally, customers can fit their new 2019 ZR1 with heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, a carbon-fiber adorned steering wheel and Performance Data Recorder, among other things. While this doesn't change the supercar's mechanical setup, it does bring the Sebring Orange body paint matched with orange brake calipers, seat belts, stitching and exterior bits, plus a bronze-aluminum interior trim. In this respect, then, the auto remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.