The ZR1 weighs 10 pounds more than the Z06, and 171 pounds more than the previous ZR1.
DUBAI - The King is returning, stronger than ever.
A pre-bailout Chevrolet just revealed their fastest production car-the Corvette ZR1.
GM's product development vice president Mark Reuss says the ZR1 is unlike any Corvette is on another level to the 'Vettes that have preceded it.
Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.
There's been a lot of speculation on what engine could power the new Vette ZR1, but Chevy finally cleared the air: it's a supercharged LT5 6.2-liter V8 powerplant that churns out 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm) that Chevy grafted inside the ZR1.
The ZTK Performance Package will include a High Wing that is said to increase downforce by an additional 950 pounds (431 kilograms).
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 engine is also making use of a dual-fuel-injection system (GM's first such setup) while the supercharger's displacement went up by 52% compared to the Corvette Z06's LT4 supercharger. All that is sent to the fat rear tyres via a seven-speed manual transmission, but for the first time on a ZR1 buyers also have the option of an eight-speed automatic.
In the meantime, the new ZR1 is unlikely to be converted to right-hand drive and offered in Australia.
Unsurprisingly, it will be the most powerful production Corvette in history.
Four new radiators make sure the engine and drivetrain are properly cooled during spirited driving and customers can specify a carbon-fiber hood that allows the supercharger and the intercooler to come out through a central opening.
Keeping all that power on the road is an aggressive aero package that includes a downforce-inducing front underwing and two different versions of rear wing. With this wing, the vehicle won't be able to attain its estimated top speed of 336 km/h (210 mph), but will allow recording quicker lap times around a track.
"As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1's design supports its capability in every way", said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager.
"The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed".
Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard "Low Wing" variant is created to deliver the highest top speed.
The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package.
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.
The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1's tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction. The auto is still available with standard leather-trimmed seats, with suede microfiber inserts as an option.