What’s new in 2019 Corvette ZR1?
Chevrolet has introduced the 755 horsepower for the 2019 Corvette ZR1. It is also offered as a convertible for the first time. However, there are no major interior and exterior changes for 2019.
Since 1969, the American manufacturer, Chevrolet has been manufacturing the Corvette ZR1. The first generation in the Corvette lineup was the Corvette C3 ZR1(1969-1971), the second was the Corvette C4 ZR1(1990-1995), the third was the C6 ZR1(2009-2013), and the fourth was the C7 ZR1. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the newer model of the 4th generation C7 ZR1. It is a performance-centric car offered as a convertible model for the first time in the history of the Corvette ZR1. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a luxury supercar that has taken its performance legacy to the next level with its outstanding performance. The ZR1 has design features solely based on performance, from the impressive muscular lines to the stunning carbon-fiber details. The design elements are functional in every way like the chevron pattern carbon-fiber halo hood and engine cover that reduce the weight. Its convertible top retracts at a speed of up to 30 mph.
The Corvette is powered by the 6.2 liters or 6162cc LT5 hand-assembled 8-cylinder supercharged V8 engine that generates a massive 755 horsepower and a best-in-class 715 lb-ft of torque that is 50 lb-ft more than the previous ZR1. It sprints to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. With a top speed of 212 mph, it has become the fastest production Corvette. Its combined fuel economy is 15mpg. Revered by drivers as the new performance beast, it is capable of delivering the most powerful performance with advanced features.
Trims available in 2019 Corvette ZR1?
The Corvette ZR1 has both coupe and convertible models and is available in two trim levels. The 1 ZR and 2 ZR.
Corvette ZR1 1ZR
Corvette ZR1 2ZR
- 9-speaker Bose audio system
- Optional 8-speed automatic transmission
- Sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel
- Perforated Mulan leather upholstery
- 3 months of provided satellite radio service
- Bose premium audio system.
- Carbon-fiber roof panels for coupes.
- Available ZTK track performance package
- Available Cargo shade
- Optional infotainment with navigation and 8” diagonal touch screen
- 10-speaker Bose audio system
- Performance data recorder
- Dual-illuminating vanity mirrors
- Carbon-fiber leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Bose advanced audio system
- Perforated Nappa leather upholstery
- Standard navigation system
- Yellow and blue custom leather stitching
- Cargo net and curb view camera
- Standard infotainment with navigation and 8” diagonal touchscreen
- Carbon-fiber and suede micro-fiber wrapped steering wheel
The 3ZR is the more upscale trim and it is equipped with most of the features of the 1 ZR with some additional or replaced features. The 3ZR trims are quite expensive than the 1 ZR.
Which 2019 Corvette ZR1 We Recommend?
The ZR1 is a highly performance-oriented car that offers a powerful engine, good acceleration and road grip, strong braking, smooth and bump-free ride, and convenient handling. The ZTK performance package adds to the performance and gives better stability and road grip.
With a massive 755 horsepower at 6300 rpm and a torque of 715 ft-lbs at 4400 rpm, the Corvette reaches from 0-60 MPH in less than 3 seconds. Its top speed is 212 MPH on the track. The engine is a Chevy small-block naturally aspirated 16-valve V8 with direct fuel injection There are two transmission options to choose from — a 7-speed manual transmission and an 8-speed paddle automatic transmission, which is the first to be included in the ZR1 series. The ZR1’s design is mainly based on performance and the generous use of carbon fibre greatly reduces the weight. The Corvette ZR1 will blow you with its outstanding performance among the competitors.
The average lateral acceleration for the 3 ZR and the 1 ZR is 1.07g and 1.11g, respectively. The 3 ZR reaches quarter mile at 11.0 seconds at 131.8 MPH and the 1 ZR at 10.8 seconds at 133.1 mph. The 3 ZR and 1 ZR reach from 0-100 MPH in just 6.6 and 6.3 seconds, respectively.
Ride and Handling
The ZR1 offers a good road grip due to the available ZTK performance package. The electric power steering makes it easy to move in and around corners effortlessly. The bumps are soaked up if you select the tour drive-mode selector. The automatic transmission is quite slow, but the manual transmission is very good. The optional rear wing provides a down force of up to 950 pounds and gives stability at high speeds. The magnetically-controlled dampers on the double-wishbone suspension that has carbon fibre leaf springs at the rear. The stability control ensures a stable ride.
Usually, super cars don’t offer high mileage, so don’t expect it from the ZR1. It gives a fuel economy of 12 mpg on city roads, 20 mpg in highways and 15 mpg combined. If your focus is on a performance car, then you’ll have to compromise on fuel economy.
2019 Corvette ZR1 Interior
The ZR1’s cabin resembles the same as the older Corvettes. The seats are spacious enough for two adults. The optional sport seats are aggressively bolstered. The audio and cruise controls are integrated on the steering wheel. The interior isn’t the most luxurious in class but is simple and convenient. It offers headroom of 37.9 inches, a shoulder room of 55.2 inches, legroom of 43 inches, and a hip room of 53.7 inches. Cargo capacity of 10 cubic feet is generous for a sports car. In the center console, there are three driver mode selections: Tour, Sport, and Track with 12 performance variables to customise your ZR1 for any type of road. There are dual illuminating vanity mirrors. The Sebring Orange design package available only in the 3 ZR trim offers accent stripes, seat belts, interior stitching, and bronze aluminium interior trim along with the various exterior design elements.
How are the seats like?
The 1 ZR offers standard Jet black, perforated Mulan leather seats with optional micro-fibre inserts and the ZR1 badge. The 3 ZR offers an array of interior colours to choose from, such as the Gray Nappa leather seats, Gray leather seats with suede microfiber inserts, Jet black leather seats with suede microfiber inserts, Kalahari perforated Nappa leather seats, adrenaline red leather seats with suede microfiber inserts, spice red perforated leather seats, etc. It offers heated and ventilated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a carbon-fibre rim. The 8-way power driver and passenger seats are height adjustable. The optional sport bucket seats available on both trims are aggressively bolstered.
- The standard tech features include a Chevy’s touchscreen MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, Drop-down center screen with storage and a USB port, a head-up display, built-in Onstar 4G LTE data connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot that connects up to seven devices, and an optional premium Bose audio system.
- The rear-view camera displays what is behind your car on the infotainment screen.
- The MyChevrolet mobile app lets you stay connected with your vehicle from anywhere to send destinations, to start/stop the engine and lock/unlock the doors with proper equipment, set parking reminders, and view vehicle diagnostic information.
- Performance data and video recorder are available only in the 3 ZR trim.
- The lack of advanced driver-assist features may be a disappointment for some people.
- The standard 8-inch diagonal driver information center in the 3 ZR and optional for the 1 ZR shows information such as tire pressure, temperature, gravitational force, fuel level, and more.
- The fact that we liked is that it has a head-up display, that won’t require you to take your eyes off the road.
How much will the 2019 Corvette ZR1 cost you?
|State||Total Cash price||Insurance||Maintenance||Finance||Repairs||Depreciation||Fuel||Taxes and fees||True cost to own|
2019 Corvette ZR1 Competition
The Corvette ZR1 competes head-to-head with the Ferrari 488 Pista, McLaren Senna, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The ZR1 is fast and powerful, and at the same time very heavy. However, the heavyweight is not at all a matter for the powerful super car with a supercharged engine.
2019 Corvette ZR1 vs 2019 Mclaren Senna
Though The Corvette ZR1’s 755 horsepower is less than that of the McLaren Senna (789hp), it offers great performance at its price. The McLaren compromises on style and focuses mainly on downforce. It looks too violent from far, though. The McLaren offers amazing performance and was awarded the Road and Track Performance Car Of The Year title last year. The ZR1 focuses on both performance and looks and has beaten the McLaren and become the 2019 Road and Track’s new Performance Car Of The Year. Every element in the ZR1 is designed for performance without compromising style.
2019 Corvette ZR1 vs 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista
The Ferrari 458 Pista has amazing aerodynamics that makes it a center of attraction. Even during long drives, the Ferrari is comfortable enough to make you feel that you’d just taken a nap. However, the ZR1 has more horsepower than the Ferrari and it still offers good ride quality.
2019 Corvette ZR1 vs 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Porsche is the lowest in the competition in terms of easy driving in traffic, but it provides the biggest trunk space and a great road view. It is very quiet and doesn’t produce that racy sound at high rpm. The calmness is quite disliked by many because sports cars are much fancied for their aggressive noise. It is powerful, though and reaches 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. However, the Corvette is much more powerful than the 700 hp 911. The Corvette ZR1 produces an aggressive scream of the supercharged engine that is liked by most people.
|Specifications||Chevrolet Corvette ZR1||Ferrari 488 Pista||McLaren Senna||Porsche 911 GT2 RS|
|Engine||6.2L supercharged V8||3.9L twin-turbo V8||4.0L twin-turbo V8||3.8L twin-turbo H6|
|Power||755 hp||711 hp||789 hp||700 hp|
|Torque||715 lb-ft||568 lb-ft||590 lb-ft||553 lb-ft|
|Weight||3671 lb||3053 lbs||3029 lb||3417 lb|
|0-60 mph||2.85 sec||2.7 sec||2.8 sec||2.6 sec|
|0-1/4 mile||11.0 sec @ 133.1 mph||10.6 sec @ 141 mph||10.1 sec @ 147 mph||10.3 sec @ 139.3 mph|
|Top speed||212 mph||211 mph||211 mph||211 mph|
|Head/shoulder/leg/hip room (inches)||37.9/55.2/43/53.7||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Cargo space||10.0 cubic ft||N/A||6.0 cubic ft||N/A|
What We Think about the 2019 Corvette ZR1?
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has rectified many of the flaws of the older Corvettes, still retaining its traditional integrity. It is more practical than rivals. It offers a pleasant ride at cruising speeds. It is easy to drive on public roads and it can shame other costlier supercars in tracks. The Ferrari 488 Pista might be good in terms of comfort, but the ZR1 is the best for its performance and is also comfortable to drive. The comfortable seats, easy drivability, and good ergonomics all come with an insanely lower price than rivals. The car’s muscular design is stunning with superior aerodynamics. The ZR1 offers a splendid ride quality according to each drive mode. It offers an intense racecar road grip at high speeds. Its plush interior feels welcoming. Braking is superb and powerful. The extensive use of carbon-fiber is more appealing. The McLaren Senna has more specs than the Corvette ZR1, but it is very expensive. The Porsche 911 GT RS is less powerful than the Corvette and isn’t as valuable as the Corvette for its price. The Corvette ZR1 has the highest top speed among its rivals. You can do anything with the ZR1 that most sports cars that are double the price can do. The only flaw with the Corvette ZR1 is the lack of driver aids that have become ubiquitous these days. If you are okay with that, then you can very well buy the 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.