Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - 755 hp, 969 Nm of fury

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Rear Three Quarter High Wing

DUBAI - The King is returning, stronger than ever.

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever - the 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1.

"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, and former boss of Holden.

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. Bottom line: This new C7 ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever built. The supercharger is 52% larger in terms of displacement than the one used for the Corvette Z06, which itself is no slouch in the performance department. GM's first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output. Chevy will offer this ZR1 with a seven-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, which puts any rumors about a 10-speed automatic to bed. It's the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. Chevy also added a special carbon fiber "halo" hood that clears the supercharger/intercooler assembly. It enables the ZR1 to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's base aero package. Top speed is said to reside somewhere above 210 miles per hour (338 km/h).

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

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

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 a front bumper air splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires as well as specific chassis and suspension tuning. Both wings are bolted directly to the chassis just like on a C7.R race vehicle, for strength and stability.

The auto will also be available with a Sebring Orange Design Package.

On the other hand, if all you want to do is stand out, then by all means go for the Sebring Orange Design Package, which slathers the hue on the brake callipers, sill and splitter accent stripes, seat belts and interior stitching, on top of the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint and bronze aluminium interior trim. ZR1 buyers will be able to choose between two different aero packages that each offer different advantages.

Speaking of the interior, the ZR1 comes as standard with leather-trimmed seats, and can be specified with sueded microfibre inserts or even Napa leather upholstery together with heating with ventilation.

Unlike with the original Corvette ZR1, you can add lots of creature comforts to the 2019 version, including heated and ventilated front seats, a Bose premium audio system, and the ultimate social media bragging tool, a Performance Data Recorder.

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