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Corvette ZR1 is fastest 'Vette ever at 210 miles per hour

Corvette ZR1 is fastest 'Vette ever at 210 miles per hour

Few were assembled through 1972, because in order to get the ZR1 goody bag, Corvette buyers needed to pass on creature comforts.

DUBAI - The King is returning, stronger than ever.

General Motors has revealed the fastest and most powerful factory-built Corvette ever.

"Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back", he added.

Powered by a supercharged LT5 6.2-litre V8 that's also good for 715 lb-ft of torque, the ZR1 is capable of a claimed top speed of 338 km/h (210 mph)-the only performance metric Chevrolet has revealed about the auto.

The ZR1's LT5 6.2L V-8 engine advances Corvette's supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06. The ZR1 also comes equipped with Chevy's first dusl fuel direct injection system with supplemental port injection.

The ZR1 will be available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic - marking the first time an automatic transmission has been available on a ZR1 Corvette. This marks the first time an automatic has been offered on the coveted ZR1.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is nothing short of an aerodynamic masterpiece. The bonnet features a new carbon-fibre "halo" design specially developed to help cool the big engine.

Chevy claims that after benchmarking a few sports cars with active wings, they came to the conclusion that those serve more of an aesthetic goal than anything else, creating the least drag and the most downforce at their fully extended form.

Because of the aero, top speed takes a whack, but Chevrolet claims the new ZR1 will still cruise its way past 338km/h (210mph).

The "Low Wing" features a small trunk-mounted rear wing that allows the vehicle to achieve its top speed - though its still generates 70 percent more downforce than the standard Z06. That, and the fact that an active wing would have been a packaging nightmare on the C7 led to a pair of fixed wings, as well as a clever front underwing created to balance out the additional rear downforce without making the auto unusable on the street.

That high wing comes as part of a ZTK performance package that also brings a front splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control suspension system to boost cornering grip. All wings have a design similar to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, meaning they are integrated with the chassis for strength and stability.

On the other hand, if all you want to do is stand out, then by all means go for the Sebring Orange Design Package, which slathers the hue on the brake callipers, sill and splitter accent stripes, seat belts and interior stitching, on top of the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint and bronze aluminium interior trim.


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