With 755HP, Is The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Too Much To Handle?

There’s a new king in the Corvette land and is none other from the all-new 2019 ZR1.

Throughout its history, the Corvette ZR1 was defined by its really powerful engines, especially in the more recent iterations and the same appears to apply here.

How else are you supposed to approach a Corvette that packs seven hundred and fifty-five horsepower? However, and unlike the recent past of the nameplate, GM claims that the new Corvette ZR1 is more than capable of harnessing this power, both on track and on road.

The bonnet has a huge hole in the middle in order to give space to the tall supercharger of the 6.2-liter V8. The numbers are staggering: 755hp, 715lb-ft of torque, 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds and a quarter mile in 10.6 while top speed is 212mph. Add the track pack which ups the downforce generated from the bodywork and the top speed drops to 202mph.

In addition, the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 is probably the only car of this caliber that is still available with a manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is an option, which will all know most customers will opt for.

Clearly the 2019 Corvette ZR1 offers stunning value at $123,820. The only rivals we can think off are those German rear-engine sports cars in their GT3 RS and GT2 RS versions but the price difference between the Corvette and the Porsches is huge.

Is the Corvette ZR1 as good as GM claims it to be? Or does it make the driver soil its pants every time a corner approaches? Time to find out what Carlos Lago from Edmunds has to say.


  • Seb Jones

    Oh, so thats where he went.

  • john1168

    Good review! The car is an absolute monster! Something I’ve noticed with this car that I haven’t noticed before is that some auto journalists have to stop talking while driving it fast so they can concentrate driving it fast. The title of this article asks if it’s “too much to handle”? For pro racers obviously not. For auto journalists, they’ll probably be ok. For amateur racers, some will be ok and some will push it too far over the edge. For the regular person who buys this and never had a racing lesson, if you plan on beating on it now and then, take a couple of racing lessons. I have a feeling we’re gonna see lots of youtube videos of drivers of this car spinning out and crashing. I hope not but there’s a lot of regular people out there who can’t handle 400hp let alone 755.

    It looks great in silver.

    • Matt

      I know if you bought the last gent zr1, Chevy included some free racing lessons, I wonder if it’s the same this time around. My experience with the c7 corvette platform in traction control management was that a driver needs to press at least a couple of buttons to switch most everything off & much better over the c6 platform which had many reviews saying that at 10/10ths the (c6zo6) was too much for many.
      Though like you said I’m sure we will see some crashes from things like cold tires, burnouts & over correcting in this monster.

      • john1168

        I didn’t know that about the last gen ZR1. That would be great if they offered some free lessons for customers.

  • LeStori

    We have reached the stage where massive power in cars is essentially pointless. Combine these cars with Stompomatic gearboxes, and we have dodgem cars as the incapable take “control” of the irelevant.

  • Reckoning Day

    The ONLY one…

  • Six_Tymes

    Cool review, and great to see Carlos Lago again.

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