Strange huh? We’ve seen the Mustang, the Challenger and the Charger of new and old in Malaysia but there’s hardly been a new Corvette – not sure why because these things are brash, they’re gastly and ferocious in the way they lunge forward.
Chevrolet has just introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, where with 755 hp and 969 Nm of torque, it’s the fastest, most powerful Corvette to date.
Power comes from a 6.2L V8 engine (maybe that’s why no one has bothered importing it here) with a more efficient supercharger strapped to it along with GM’s first dual fuel injection system which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection.
It even comes with a manual; yes, a 7-speed manual alongside an 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission – a first for the ZR1. The ZR1’s top speed is rated at more than 210 mph (337 km/h).
The all-new front end is designed to channel air to the drivetrain’s cooling system and to the staggering four new radiators. A special carbon-fibre “halo” hood comes with an opening in the middle to accommodate the engine’s supercharger and cooling facilities.
The ZR1 is offered with two aero packages – a standard rear Low Wing which delivers the highest top speed and provide up to 70% downforce and a two-way adjustable High Wing which offers maximum downforce on the track.
The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which includes a front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres along with Magnetic Ride Control tuning for better traction around the bends. Both the ZR1’s wings are tied to the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar.