Angry new 337km/h Corvette ZR1 revealed in Dubai
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New Zealand have long been starved of a direct injection of America's most famous sports car (sorry Mustang), but that doesn't stop us from celebrating each new brawler that gets released with the Corvette name attached.
Numbers, then. The new ZR1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre LT5 V8 that makes 563kW of power and a flabbergasting 968Nm of torque. Buyers will have the choice of pairing that powertrain with either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Acceleration figures weren't discussed at the launch, but top speed is a confirmed … 337km/h. Yikes.
But the Corvette is more than just a straight-line speed demon. It's always been known for its ability to take corners as well. And while driving impressions are probably some months away yet, expect the ZR1 to be able to continue the claim.
If anything makes this abundantly clear, it's the focus on aerodynamics. Chevrolet confirmed that the ZR1 will be available in two different aero trims; the 'standard' low wing package, and the ZTK Performance Package.
The former includes what Chevrolet calls a “downforce-enhancing front underwing”, and the latter adds a front splitter and an adjustable high wing. The high wing is supposedly good for another 430kg of downforce on the Corvette's rear.
Grip won't be a problem too, in theory, with the addition of a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyre and magnetic suspension on each corner as standard.
Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch, though don't expect any of it to be local ...