Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Chevrolet just revealed the most powerful Corvette in history (GM)

Chevrolet just revealed the most powerful Corvette in history (GM)

The cast aluminium block and heads some how withstand huge forces, forces of which translate to an SAE-certified 563kW (755hp) and 969Nm (715 lb-ft). Mated to this engine can either be a seven-speed manual (thank you!) or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

With all the power comes issues of cooling, something previous Corvettes have struggled with. Chevy says the top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 miles per hour. At the rear the standard ZR1 comes with a low set wing that provides 70 per cent more downforce than the Corvette Z06's aerodynamic package.

The ZR1 will go on sale next spring as a 2019 model.

While there have been many spy photos circulating showing a mid-engine Corvette under development, the introduction of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at the Dubai Motor Show shows that there is plenty of life left in the traditional front-engine rear-drive configuration.

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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.

The sports vehicle comes with a seven-or eight-speed paddle-shift manual transmission and also offers an automatic transmission option-a first for the ZR1. Few were assembled through 1972, because in order to get the ZR1 goody bag, Corvette buyers needed to pass on creature comforts.

The exquisite Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has incredible features, really defining it as a supercar.

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The aggressive bodywork features an obnoxious - but no doubt necessary - rear wing that GM claims is bolted directly to the chassis and not just the bodywork.

Previously, it was the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that had the title of the most powerful Vette with its maximum power output of 650PS.

Along with aero bits, the ZTK Performance Pack brings Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and a special chassis and suspension tune.

The Corvette is newly redesigned inside and out, with better aerodynamics and more radiators to prevent overheating as well as a roomier cockpit, a carbon fiber steering wheel, and in some models, heated seats and a Bose audio system. Pricing has not yet been announced but expect a six-digit figure.

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Both aero packages also include a front underwing. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

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