Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 debuts with 6.2L V8, makes 755 HP

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's LT5 V-8 engine leaked

Chevrolet has unveiled its fastest Corvette ever - at least for the road. It gives the ZR1 an estimated 950 lbs. of downforce near its top speed.

The supercharger is, essentially, an air pump that pushes air down into the engine allowing it to produce more power. This marks the first time an automatic has been offered on the coveted ZR1.

Chevy fitted the Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 with a new LT5 supercharger, which gives the ZR1 a power output of 755 horsepower and a 210-mph top speed.

Peak horsepower is made at 6,300 rpm, 100 rpm lower than the 650-hp Corvette Z06. That not only makes this the fastest Corvette ever built, but also the most powerful General Motors vehicle ever made (which is quite the distinction, considering the company has been around since 1908).

Also available for the new Corvette ZR1 is the Sebring Orange Design Package.

A new Sebring Orange Design Package will make it virtually impossible to ignore the new Corvette ZR1.

Dual-injection means the LT5 uses primary direct injection as well as supplemental port injection, to get 755 horsepower out of 6.2 liters with the help of that enormous supercharger. Buyers will get to choose between a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

Starting with that engine.

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Huge forces demand lots of rubber, so the ZR1 comes with 335 section rear tires, as well as half an inch wider front wheels with an open design for improved cooling. The auto was discontinued after 1995, production totaling fewer than 7,000 units.

This high wing is two-way adjustable, although it reduces the car's top speed, and comes as part of a ZTK Performance Package, including a front splitter and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Of course if you prefer your ZR1 somewhat milder, you can spec it with heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seats, and a Bose audio system.

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. There are four new radiators for a total of 13 heat exchangers, while the carbon fiber "halo" hood provides an opening for the supercharger and intercooler assembly.

An optional "High Wing", designed for track use, will push down on the car's back end with almost a half ton of pressure at race track speeds, according to GM.

Both aero packages also include a front underwing.

A big engine under the lengthy hood of a Corvette is nothing new, but the 2019 Corvette ZR1 does do things a little differently - and more impressively - than the high-displacement cars that came before it.

While no pricing information is available, Chevrolet says the ZR1 supercar will go on sale in the spring of 2018.

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