Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1 has been revealed in Dubai and it comes with a 765.4hp, 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine that generates 969.4Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Corvette (and the most powerful Chevrolet) built to date.
Chevrolet claims a top speed of more than 338kph, though no other performance figures have been provided. Considering the car’s 1,598kg kerb weight, acceleration is likely to be around 3.0sec.
The ZR1 is available with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, marking for the first time an automatic has been offered in the ZR1. It gets paddle shifters as well. Also optional is the high wing, which increases downforce by an estimated 431kg, but reduces the car’s top speed,
This high wing is two-way adjustable and comes as part of a ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The chassis too is specifically tuned with the pack.
A low-wing package decreases downforce in comparison, but it’s with this package that the claimed top speed can be achieved. Both packages feature a front underwing – a first for a General Motors car – that increases downforce. Both of the rear wings are attached to the car’s chassis – something Chevrolet claims will increase strength and stability.
Inside, the ZR1 gets leather-trimmed bucket seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose sound system as standard. No price has yet been given for the Chevrolet ZR1.
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