2019 Corvette ZR1 Leaks Online, Could Have 750 HP

The first purported pictures of the Corvette ZR1 have surfaced online ahead of its debut on November 12th.

Posted by Corvette Blogger, the images were reportedly taken from Car and Driver and reveal the model will be equipped with an aerodynamic body kit which that includes a carbon fiber front splitter, air intake ducting, and a massive rear wing. We can also see a ventilated carbon fiber hood, a carbon fiber roof, and lightweight alloy wheels.

The rest of the photos don’t reveal much but they show the cabin will have an Alcantara-wrapped shifter and a flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon fiber trim. There also appears to be a carbon fiber engine cover and a glimpse of the engine itself.

The report says the car’s LT5 V8 engine will be rated at 750 hp (559 kW) and 680 lb-ft (920 Nm) of torque. This is substantially more than the Corvette Z06 which has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 650 hp (484 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the model will reportedly be able to hit a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h).

Pricing is expected to start at around $120,000 which would be almost $40,000 more than the Z06.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    The GT2 RS of the Corvette lineup.

    • Six_Tymes

      true

    • SteersUright

      Well put. Cant wait to see what this beast can do on a track. I hope it remains tractable with so much power to the rear wheels. I imagine a ton of excellent traction software, akin to what Ferrari employs, perhaps e-diff and all, must be part of this package or the drivers and all 750 horses will be saying hello to quite a few guardrails and trees.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I’d expect some aggressive aero too in some of the ZR1 packages rumored.

  • Christian

    Somebody gonna get fired…

  • Six_Tymes

    cant wait to see a video review of this. but i still dont get how all that power can be kept in check and be useful for 2wd. a coworker had a 2015 Z06 and he said the traction control system had to be left on, or “it was crazy to drive”. he sold the car because it was too much power and bought a 2016 Grand Sport, which he loves.

    • MRCLKBLACK

      Pretty much this, especially when you consider that it’s got those special 335 Cup2s with far more slick area than the “standard” Cup2s.

      But then again, I think looking at all of the MT tests, the Z06 was just simply not properly developed/finished (like every Z06 performing differently or having those massive cooling issues). If they’ve done it properly this time, it might get it’s power relatively better down than the Z06.

      • Shahul Usman

        its why i bought a new grand sport vs a year old Z06… same price, but I didnt trust the power to chassis and overheating…I love the new GM products (grand sport, c7, the camaro lineup…) but I think the Z06 was rushed and was sad it wasnt a 550+hp NA car

        • MRCLKBLACK

          Totally agree on that. Those were pretty poor excuses from Chevy that they went the supercharged way for fuel saving reasons. They should’ve updated the LS7 with 30-40 more horsepower. The Z06 carries the same sort of spirit as a 911 GT3 RS and that LT4 really ruined that image.

          The ZR1 on the other hand deserves it, imo, to be an unruly beast. Like the GT2 RS.

        • SteersUright

          FYI – the beauty of Chevy’s small blocks is that there are SO many aftermarket bolt on’s and these engines can get to 500+ hp pretty easily and pretty reliably. Since you have all the Z06 handling goodies on your grand sport, you’re basically almost there!

          • Shahul Usman

            I’d like to stay normally aspirated

          • SteersUright

            Yes, so do I. The mods Im referring to, and there are PLENTY, would keep you normally aspirated. Just bolt ons from high flow intake, cats, and exhaust with a 93 octane tune can get you near or over 500hp. Then there’s new headers, cam shafts, and it really never ends with those small blocks. They can make pretty big, reliable n.a. horsepower all day. All depends on your preferences.

          • Shahul Usman

            Will definitely check it out, in 2 years when my warranty is up lol

    • Dennis James

      Look at Ferrari. They do it, so it can be done.

      • Bo Hanan

        Problem isn’t car- its the people driving them. The mid-engine Vette will quickly get a bad reputation for reliability because the fools buying them will drive them like they were Geo Storms and not exotics. GM needs to create a stand alone Corvette brand. The cars would be named C8, Z06, ZR1 etc. The name Chevy doesn’t scream exotic. But then again, Ford manages just fine……..

      • Moveon Libtards

        They do it? Haha, yeah, four four or five times the price and massive engine overhauls every 10,000 miles. Yup, the do it alright.

      • SteersUright

        Yes, but Ferrari’s mechanical e-diff and the software they use can’t come cheap and this ZR-1 costs less than half of any Ferrari offering anywhere near its power and performance. It remains to be seen if GM included this sort of tech to tame this beast. I hope they did!

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Agree. They said the current Z06 is a handful so this must be lie riding a bull.

    • Moveon Libtards

      It has the numbers already on the track. Wait for the release to see how good it is…

      And then comes the mid-engine Corvette which this car is a prelude to. Porsche and Ferarri needs to be worried because they will have to justify how their cars get less performance or similar at a much higher price point.

      • SteersUright

        Porsche and Ferrari (or any super premium marque) are not remotely threatened by this nor any Chevy, Acura, Nissan, etc. Buyers looking for the best bang-for-the-buck are not their targeted clientele. I think everyone can admire what Corvettes, GTR’s and others are capable of at their price point. However, what Ferrari and the others offer goes far beyond simply setting track times.

  • LJ

    Not a fan of the wing, but everything else looks pretty sweet.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I subscribe – I want my copy now!

  • wtvlol

    – Starting price expected to be around $120k

    – 7 speed manual and 8 speed automatic

    – 1/2″ wider than Z06 front wheels

    – Mag Ride standard

    – Carbon Ceramic Brakes

    – 750hp/680 lb-ft LT5 (6.2L, pushrod V8, Eaton supercharger)

    – Supercharger produces 52% more air per RPM than the Z06 blower, also 2.9″ taller.

    – Because of the hood height, car can not be sold in Europe

    – Tadge claims the ZR1 can shoot flames out from its exhaust

    – NEW fuel delivery system- BOTH PORT INJECTION AND DIRECT INJECTION

    – sub 3 second 0-60, sub 11 second 1/4 mile, 210+ mph top speed

    – 4 additional heat exchangers (comparing to Z06) in the nose

    – Curb weight 3664 lbs, 140 lbs over Z06

    – Several aero packages available, RPO “ZTK” as shown in magazine. Wing
    has 10 degrees of adjustability, contributing to 500 lbs of downforce at
    speed.

    – Wing is attached behind the hatch and spreads the load to the bumper beam.

    – Removable top

    – 2.5 seconds faster around VIR than Z06

  • GobbleUp

    Meh looks.

  • Bo Hanan

    Car & Driver is notorious for doing sh*t like this to sell magazines.
    They post the car on the cover with an article out of thin air, and then reveal later that information is from “sources” and not fact. P.S. That’s not a picture on the cover its a drawing.
    Classic C&D foolery.

  • john1168

    This is awesome! I can’t wait! I’m a bit surprised that they’re still using the 8 speed auto and not the new 10 speed…

    • john1168

      I’m disappointed that they’re not using the 10 speed. Hopefully they improved the 8 speed for quicker shifts.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Hmm, lots of German, Japanese and Italian car companies get away with it…And the Vette 8-spd is strong and better than most.

        That being said, 10 spd will be in mid-engine C8 so no worries.

        • john1168

          The 8 speed is a good transmission. I just thought that with Chevy putting the 10 speed in the ZL-1, the Tahoe RST and others, it would make it’s way in the Corvette. The 10 speed is their top of the line transmission and it would have made sense to put it in their flagship car.

  • LWOAP

    I’ve seen a lot of fakes out there so I’m not sure this is what C&D says it is. We’ll know soon enough, though.

  • Zeuster

    Douchebags. Your car has arrived!!

    • Moveon Libtards

      You must be first in line…fanboy.

      • Zeuster

        Sorry to hurt your feelings Trumptard. Not even close to first in line. I douche in a topless Jeep;)

  • Teddy Wijaya

    and..??

  • CRAP UP IT’S PRETTY FACE WITH ALL THE ADDED MESS IN THE BUMPER. SO MUCH FOR IT’S SLEEK FRONT END.

  • Moveon Libtards

    “Could have 750hp”????!!!

    It SAYS right in the title it HAS and Road & Track specifically used it to highlight its, wait for it, 750th issue.

    Boy, someone is a little butt-hurt the Corvette will have earth shattering performance. The Z06 is already a beast, but this will be even more so.

  • Gnoxy

    That is not going to age well.

  • SteersUright

    This is definitively a Corvette, a raw, overpowered, exceedingly capable sports car at half the price of anything else that could hope to keep up. Jesus, it looks mean. Im not a fan of most American cars, but credit where credit is due. And one thing GM seems to be very capable of is massively impressive, “affordable” performance and for that, Im grateful!