It's the most powerful Corvette ever.
In its 64 years on the road, Chevrolet has never built a Corvette as powerful as this. The new supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 delivers a whopping 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-meters) of torque. For what it’s worth, the Z06 is more than 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) less powerful, and produces 65 fewer pound-feet (88 Newton-meters) of torque.
All that added power is thanks in part to a supercharger that features an impressive 52-percent larger displacement than the one found on the Z06. A "dual-fuel injection system" supplemented by extra port injectors, four radiators, and 13 heat injectors help keep the engine running at optimum performance.
The Low Wing trim adds 70 percent more downforce.
Straight line speed isn’t the new ZR1’s only forte. Equipped with the standard Low Wing trim, the ZR1 generates 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package, while the two-way adjustable High Wing package (or ZTK Performance Pack) gives the ZR1 60 percent more downforce on the track.
The latter of the two trims comes fitted with a full aerodynamic body kit, ranging from a revised front fascia with a more pronounce grille and new splitters, to sharp side skirts, and even a downforce-enhancing underwing. Not to forget the the suspension, which has been tuned specifically for the package, and pairs with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for added grip.
It's the fastest Corvette ever.
Naturally, with all that extra power over the Z06, the new ZR1 is faster on the top end, too. With a top speed of somewhere near 210 miles per hour (388 kilometers per hour), that would make it faster than cars like the Aston Martin DB11 and Jaguar F-Type SVR, and comparable to cars like the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS, both of which come in at 211 mph (339 kmh).
It’s the first ZR1 available with an automatic gearbox.
It’s safe to assume that most hardcore 'Vette buyers will be opting for the standard seven-speed manual – but don’t discount the newly equipped autobox just yet. A quick-shifting eight-speed automatic will be available for the first time in the ZR1. Considering that the Z06 is able to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in less than three seconds with the same eight-speed automatic equipped, the ZR1 should be even quicker.
You can buy it in orange.
It may not sound like much of an upgrade, but the Sebring Orange package is definitely unique. With a bright orange finish, orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, and orange interior stitching, it’s the closest thing to a V8-powered pumpkin you can get. The cabin even features a "bronze aluminum" finish.
Chevrolet doesn’t say how much the Sebring Orange package will set you back on top of the price of the standard ZR1, but expect to pay a premium. The new Corvette will be available to order beginning in spring of 2018.
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