Here Is Your First Look at the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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

Amidst rumours-once again-that a new-generation, mid-engine Corvette will imminently be revealed, Chevrolet has just announced the return of the beastly ZR1. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 miles per hour.

In the meantime, the new ZR1 is unlikely to be converted to right-hand drive and offered in Australia.

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.

Peak horsepower is made at 6,300 rpm, 100 rpm lower than the 650-hp Corvette Z06. That power will flow through Corvette's well-known Tremec TR7070 seven-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic.

What else makes the new Corvette ZR1 so special?

The auto will also be available with a Sebring Orange Design Package. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can be kitted with one of the two available aero packs.

But the ZR1 isn't just about grunt, the Chevrolet engineers have tuned every element of the auto for maximum performance.

In order to hit these impressive speeds, the auto has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a "downforce-enhancing front underwing". The final edition of this version of the ZR1 rolled off the assembly line in 2013.

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After months of speculation, the ultimate Corvette is finally here.

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. The ZR1 has a new front fascia with four new radiators, which brings the total number of heat-exchangers up to 13.

The engine sits underneath what Chevrolet calls a "halo hood" which features a carbon fibre two-piece bonnet bulge. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing auto. Even if you don't want the max downforce of the "High Wing", the base set up still provides a enough tweaks to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06.

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

While the supercharged V8 provides plenty of go, the ZR1 needs a fair bit of whoa, which is provided by 394mm brake rotors at the front, and 388mm at the rear.

A Sebring Orange Design Package is available, including bright "arrest-me-now" exterior paint combined with matching interior stitching and seat belts, as well as bronze aluminum interior trim. Chevy will also offer heated and vented Napa leather seats, as well as a carbon fiber-trimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

Like the Corvette Racing C7.R race auto, the ZR1's wings are both fitted directly to the chassis.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in the spring of 2018. 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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