Updated: 13th November 2017.
This seventh generation Chevrolet was initially unveiled in the year 2013 however, it only came out on sale in the year 2014. It was basically a substitute for the almost ten decades old C6 and effectively transformed the way people view the Corvette mainly due to the innovative upgrades that accompanied it, the car also came with major improvements in its interior that phased out the usage of plastics. Also, the car cabin was changed into premium mode hence silencing decades of criticisms.
Expectations for a range-topping ZR1 had been on the high for a while, however, the seventh generation Vette got into its 3rd model year without one. Rumors had been rife about a succession of the most powerful version of the C6 since the arrival of the C7 in various car dealerships, although the years rolled by and there was no concrete news in that regard. As a matter of fact, GM came out at a point to deny the possibility of a ZR1; it was at this time that the Zora came on board thus distracting the attention of every automobile enthusiast.
However, the year 2016 witnessed General Motors filling out a trademark with the nomenclature “ZR1”.spy shots also went further to validate the coming of the car. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe is been muted to arrive for the 2019 model, what this means is that it could be officially unveiled in the late parts of 2017.
2019 Corvette ZR1 Exterior
The new Corvette ZR1 2019 is expected to arrive with a lot of innovations as far as its features are concerned when compared with the Z06. First, among the list of innovative features that accompany this car is the larger car vent that comes with it, they are quite visible at the front of the car. These kinds of Vents with such size are usually very useful in serving the inter-cooling systems; what this may mean is that there is every possibility that there is a V8 engine in the beauty. Along with the vent is a large splitter below. In addition to this, it comes with a larger hood budge when compared with the Z06’s; this probably indicates that there might be an added gear under it.
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Furthermore, it is being speculated that there is a very large wing on top of the deck lid, a new feature not yet seen in the Corvette’s in production. The lone C7 Vette that came with a back wing was the C7.R, but the standard model and also the Z06 have spoilers. Although the previous ZR1 didn’t have any wings, the previous Z06 came with a quite smaller spoiler; this innovation is a sure sign of progress. Snapshots from professional photographers show two identical cars except for the fact that they make use of different wings, the first of them makes use of a smaller wing that is quite higher when compared with the spoiler of the Z06, the second variety on the other hand, makes use of a large element that must have been copied from GT3 spec racing.
As confusing as this may seem, it has been suggested that Chevrolet intends offering it in two distinct packages. Such a move would certainly make a whole world of sense owing to the fact that Chevrolet lovers would be able to make a choice between an affordable and road-friendly version and also a rather highly priced and track-pepped choice. In conclusion, the trial car is seen to have blue brake calipers, these are a common feature with the ZR1, and this could end up becoming the meanest Corvette ever made.
C7 Corvette ZR1 2019 Interior
Although there is still no official statement regarding the interior of the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1, however, it is most likely that there won’t be radical changes in this segment, in spite of this; the cabin should borrow significant features from the C7 in addition to some special features. It is expected that most of the changes will be gotten from the Z06 and improved by using brand new upholstery options, and it will also come with a ZR1 badge. It also promises an upgraded information and entertainment segment that boasts of some relevant options alongside a customized instrument section. Certainly, this features, as well as its cozy interior features make this car a one of a kind.
It is expected that the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 would get its power from a double turbo 6.2-litre V8 Supercharged engine, this power plant is to be called LT5 DOHC V8 and should also be used in the soon to be released Corvette Zora. General Motors have however not come out to either refute or accept such a scenario playing out, however despite the fact that a twin-engine V8 engine might not be a traditional feature for a Vette, it would certainly be suitable for a ZR1. The usage of this type of engine would certainly help conserve fuel while also optimizing power output in a high-performance car.
Although there are no specific numbers as regards its output currently, one can easily infer from the output of the Corvette Z06 which pumps out about 650 horsepower that the ZR1 should be able to able to churn out figures greater than that. It won’t be expecting too much to speculate 755 horsepower (confirmed) and 715 lb-ft of torque owing to the fact that the previous one churned out 638 horsepower. The implication of such power rating is that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 could hit acceleration of about 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds without stress; high speeds of up to 210 mph may also be achieved. This figure is just a little more than that of the predecessor.
Price and Release date
Owing to the fact that it is going to be the quickest of the C7 generation, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 should also be expected to be the most expensive, even though it may cost a lot more than the Z06 that sells for about 79,000 dollars, it should still be considered a good deal considering the fact that other cars that offer quality should cost a lot more. Hence a projected price of about 120,000 dollars may be possible. The car is expected to be out in the fall and should be on sale early 2019.
2019 Corvette ZR1 Photos
2018 Corvette ZR1 spy shots