The all new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been the talk of Corvette fans for the past year now. More specifically, how much power the engine will have.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 comes well equipped with a 6.2L supercharged LT5 V8 motor that puts out 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.
The Z06 model Corvette’s engine is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. What Chevrolet did, to get the extra power for the ZR1 is, they used a larger Supercharger in the ZR1 models. The supercharger on the ZR1 engines are about 50% larger than the ones that came on the Z06 engines.
The Corvette ZR1s are very impressive power-wise, putting up a 0-60 MPH time of 3.2 seconds, and it will run a ¼ mile pass in 11 seconds (as equipped from the factory).
The Z06 Corvettes have had some problems with overheating, so Chevrolet decided to be proactive and included 13 hat exchangers and intercoolers to help control mechanical temperatures in this car!
Yes! You read that right…….THIRTEEN! That is very impressive when you consider that the Bugatti Veyron has TEN and the Camaro ZL1 has ELEVEN!!
This ZR1 will be available with a 7 speed manual transmission, or an 8 speed automatic transmission. This is the first time that an auto has been offered in the ZR1. GM tried to fit their 10 speed automatic transmission in this car, but could not do so due to weight distribution issues.
Now, one issue that has been widely discussed on the internet in regards to the 2019 Corvette ZR1s is about if this car will be able to sufficiently apply all its power to the pavement properly.
With Z06 drivers already experiencing such difficulties, how can consumers expect the more powerful ZR1s to transfer power effectively?
GM re-did the dampers to help with this issue to an extent, but they are still claiming that the car’s computer controls will help with this. For most sports car purists, this solution from GM just isn’t satisfactory.
If you are concerned about the lack of rear mechanical control in the rear, you CAN check out the special edition Chevrolet ZTK that comes equipped with a high wing for increased down-force in the rear and front end modifications that aid in traction control.
The 2019 Corvette ZTK (with high-wing) will actually do the 0-60 MPH in 3 seconds flat. It will also run a ¼ mile pass in 10.8 seconds. Both these numbers are quicker than those put up by the 2019 ZR1 model.
Personally, I would love to see more mechanical engineering done to help with he traction issues in the rear on the ZR1 model. It would provide a much better driving experience and give drivers a better feeling of ‘control’ in their ZR1s under higher speeds.
One other issue that I see with the 2019 Corvette ZR1s, is with the interior finish. For a $140,000 + sports car, I would expect that the interior come with more high-end finishes.
If you check out the video over at Motor Trend , you can see a great test drive and review of this car, including the concerns about the lack of high-end interior finishes.
A few areas where the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 excels (other than engine power and exterior styling), is the braking and steering systems.
The steering system has variable steering weights with computer controlled ‘modes’ that offer high end steering performance.
The braking system on this car is amazing superior to many of the similarly priced sports cars. The Corvette ZR1 comes with the same carbon ceramic discs as the Ferrari Enzo.
In conclusion, this is one bad ass car! It has a TON of power, looks fantastic, and it is a lot of fun to drive!