With 755bhp and 715lb ft, this is the more focused version the most powerful Corvette yet
Jimi Beckwith
13 November 2017

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been revealed in Dubai. Its 755bhp and 715lb ft of torque make the car the most powerful Corvette – and most powerful Chevrolet – built to date.

Chevrolet claims a top speed of more than 210mph, although no other performance figures have been provided. Acceleration is likely to be around 3.0sec, however, given the car’s 1598kg kerb weight. 

The ZR1 is available with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, equipped with paddle shifters, marking the first time an automatic has been offered in the ZR1. Also optional is the high wing, which increases downforce by an estimated 431kg. 

This high wing is two-way adjustable, although it reduces the car’s top speed, and comes as part of a ZTK Performance Package, including a front splitter and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The chassis is also specifically tuned with the pack. 

A low wing package decreases downforce in comparison, but it’s with this package that the claimed 210mph 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. 

Under the bonnet, the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, codenamed LT5, has a supercharger that's 52% larger than that in the Corvette ZO6 and is more efficient. Another GM first is the car’s dual fuel injection system, comprising primary direct injection as well as port injection. 

Inside, the ZR1 gets leather-trimmed bucket seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose sound system as standard. Chevrolet will release more details nearer to the car’s on-sale date. 

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No price has yet been given for the ZR1, although sales will begin in the spring. A handful is expected to be imported to the UK, although no official imports are likely. 

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13 November 2017

Gnarly. Can't believe the next Corvette will be a (rear) mid-engine layout. This front mid-ships layout gives big performance and is more in keeping with Corvette heritage.

13 November 2017

Absolutely stunning! the C7 version of the ZR-1 is a fine addition to the great family of hot Corvettes and a great swansong for the C7 generation of the Corvette. Now we await with bated breath for the greatest change in over sixty years of Corvettes the mid engined C8,let's hope that GM doesn't lose it's bottle on this iconic car 

13 November 2017

Engine mods put an extra 140lbs onto the front wheels.  Hmmm.  Most of it in the form of 4 new coolers, right in the nose.  Hmmm.  On the other hand, can’t wait for the C8.  It’ll cost a fraction of the Ford GT and I bet it’ll give it a run for its money.

14 November 2017

@275not599- Don't embarrass yourself like this... The Ford GT has given the Corvette a propper hyding in the WEC and Le Mans... What run for its money you are talking about?

I believe that this Corvette is still too fat for this class... Brute force and brawn is a bygone era and ford has gotten it right along with the Germans and Ferrari lighter more streamlined is better for road handling and efficiency...  

13 November 2017


13 November 2017


which one is the fastest around nbr?

should be pretty close match!

13 November 2017

But let's hope they hang together OK.....

We've seen a few of these top-end Vette's have trouble on tests.....

I can't see it matching the GT2......

13 November 2017
It would be so much fun to thrash.

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