2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Is a Beast (Video)

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Doug DeMuro’s video tour of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 gives us an excellent look at Chevrolet’s latest and greatest road weapon.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has been unveiled in Dubai, which is an odd choice of venue for Chevy, but Doug DeMuro was there and is happy to show us Chevy’s new car in all its glory.

We understand a piece about a car is a little out of place here on the trucks-obsessed Chevrolet Forum. However, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is worth acknowledging here — particularly when it comes to the engine.

The rumor was that the LT5 engine would be a dual overhead cam V8. However, Chevy didn’t need to look past the tried-and-true pushrod overhead valve system to get crazy power.

The ZR1’s engine makes a massive 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2-liter supercharged engine.

To deal with the extra heat, Chevy went ahead and gave the ZR1 four extra radiators. That makes for a grand total of 13 heat exchangers under that hood.

 

We can’t help but think Chevy has just shown us the automotive equivalent of a UFC fighter in a sharp suit slipping on a knuckle duster. And he’s grinning.

 

Speaking of the hood, it looks like one piece, but the top of the intercooler comes out through the middle. It blends in so well because Chevy has gone to the trouble of matching the carbon-fiber weave of both the cover and the hood. Yes, the ZR1 now has a shaker hood. When the engine revs hard, you can see it vibrating away. DeMuro caught the sound of the ZR1’s engine revving up, and it’s as visceral and glorious as you expect.

We are very excited to see the new ZR1. Its style and performance should encroach even more on the traditional supercar’s territory. We can’t help but think Chevy has just shown us the automotive equivalent of a UFC fighter in a sharp suit slipping on a knuckle duster.

And he’s grinning.

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Ian Wright has been a professional automotive writer for over two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 6SpeedOnline, among other popular auto sites.

Ian's obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic, then he trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop Wright from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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