Usually when spy photos are leaked, we have to deal with somewhat of a visual hardship here on the lot in Knoxville. We understand that auto manufacturers have to protect their interests, and that sometimes it is in their favor to hide the goods, literally. When it comes to the new Corvette, this is obviously a car that has been waited on for awhile, and it appears that Car and Driver have completely blown the cover off of the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1. At first glance, it is much more aggressive than the current Z06 model, and sports a massive hood vent, as well as brand new bumper.
It is definitely obvious that there should be plenty of available downforce to keep this 750-horsepower machine firmly rooted at high speeds. It is also evident that there are some futuristic tones on display here: this is not anything like the classics: for example, a 1984 Corvette with the curved sight lines and basic yet sporty appearance does appear like a bit simpler of a vehicle. Is this bad? We don't think so. All of us here on the lot at West Chevy think that the nose looking a bit like a Lamborghini is not a bad thing, and that the true stealth appearance it was meant to have may take just a moment to wash over you. What is also incredibly exciting is that this model has 750 horsepower, which is over 100 more than the last ZR1 from four years ago.
One of the stats that has not been disclosed is the time it takes for this incredibly able and dominating creation to make it around the famed German trenches of the Nurburgring track. These tricky proving grounds set amidst the beautiful Eiffel mountains are where the bragging rights to many new vehicle's abilities originate, telling all just how coherent they behave when in true expert-track demand. Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter says the team will attempt this feat just after the car goes on sale, during spring 2018. The hopes are high among the most dialed-in that it will break the 7-minute barrier, and some say that it may be able to beat the time of the previous-generation C6 ZR1 by a healthy 20 seconds or so.
Come see us on the lot here at West Chevy, and we'll provide a little show and tell as to what the 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder supercharged, dual-injected engine can provide in the way of top-notch thrills. This is also the first time this car is offered with an automatic transmission, although the 7-speed manual is still available. GM product chief Mark Reuss said in a statement this month that he's “Never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before”. There is also a brand new fascia on the ZR1, to channel air for propulsion system and drivetrain cooling, which could be a heavy demand after 8-cylinders finish their duty for the duration. There are varying opinions about the new ZR1, but here's ours in a nutshell: this is one superb piece of craftsmanship that you won't be able to wait one spare second to cut a flashy foxtrot with on the highway!