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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is Coming and, Dear God, So Much Power!

14 November 2017

DUBAI - The King is returning, stronger than ever.

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", says Reuss.

"Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back", he added. The reason why tne 2019 ZR1 makes additional power over the Z06 is because it employs a new, intercooled 2.65-liter Eaton supercharger with 52 percent more displacement. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.

For the 1970 model year, Chevrolet offered the first ZR1 Package, available for 'Vettes with the optional 5.7-liter, LT-1 V8 engine, which was rated for 370 hp.

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Power is sent to the rear axle through either a manual seven-speed or eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox - the first automatic transmission in a Chevrolet supercar. It's the first time the ZR1 has offered two-pedal driving, but don't groan just yet: GM claims the 650-hp Z06 hits 60 miles per hour and runs the quarter-mile in 2.95 and 10.95 seconds, respectively, with the automatic. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler.

The "Low Wing" features a small trunk-mounted rear wing that allows the vehicle to achieve its top speed - though its still generates 70 percent more downforce than the standard Z06.

"As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1's design supports its capability in every way", said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager.

Based on the seventh-generation Corvette coupe, the ZR1 gets a reworked front bumper with larger air inlets and a small carbon fibre winglets that help generate more grip at higher speeds.

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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. Both of the rear wings are attached to the car's chassis - something Chevrolet claims will increase strength and stability. Additionally, Chevy had developed a new a Sebring Orange paint scheme with orange calipers to cover the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Even the cabin gets orange and bronze accents that highlight the performance bit.

The cabin is decked out with leather seats featuring sueded microfibre inserts, with an option to add seat heating and ventilation.

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

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is Coming and, Dear God, So Much Power!