Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 revealed


With 563kW and 969Nm of torque at its disposal, Chevrolet says the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is the fastest production 'Vette ever.

Married to the engine is either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters.

With the low wing and the V8 working in tandem the ZR1 is capable of reaching a top speed of 338km/h.

Chevrolet wants the Corvette to become a global flagship for the brand, in the same way the Ford Mustang expanded beyond North America with its most recent model. All the while the latest Z06 is able to hold its own against the outgoing ZR1.

In 2015 American publication vehicle and Driver published spy photos of a Holden Commodore Ute that it claimed was being used as a test mule for the new mid-engine Corvette.

Chevrolet returned the Corvette ZR1 to the lineup for 2009. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. Both wings are connected directly to the chassis - just like C7.R racecar - for extra strength and stability.

In order to hit these impressive speeds, the vehicle has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a "downforce-enhancing front underwing". 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. Tires will be sized P285/30ZR19 up front and P335/25ZR20 in back.

In addition, a Sebring Orange Design Package is available which includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and bronze-aluminium interior trim. Upgrades to the ZR1's standard equipment list include simulated suede seat inserts, premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, competition sport seats, a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, a Performance Data Recorder, a Bose premium audio system, and more.

The new Corvette ZR1 was revealed in Dubai and wouldn't look out of place on the Le Mans starting grid thanks to its huge racing-style rear wing. The price is yet to be announced, but if you must ask, you probably can not afford it. Count on spending six figures, though, and that's before dealers add markup. In this respect, then, the vehicle remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.