GM unveils fastest Corvette ever with top speed of 210 miles per hour

Equipped with a hand-built, supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the third installment of the ZR1 made 638-hp, boasted a top speed of 205 miles per hour, and included lots of carbon fiber body work, a magnesium front cradle, a unique rear axle design, carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic ride control suspension, a 6-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch, and a launch control system to maximize acceleration.

A big engine under the lengthy hood of a Corvette is nothing new, but the 2019 Corvette ZR1 does do things a little differently - and more impressively - than the high-displacement cars that came before it.

Chevrolet has created and unveiled the most powerful and fastest Corvette in the history of the automaker: the 2019 Corvette ZR1.

While no pricing information is available, Chevrolet says the ZR1 supercar will go on sale in the spring of 2018. Mated to this engine can either be a seven-speed manual (thank you!) or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 takes one look at the Corvette Z06 and decides "oh no, 650 horsepower just isn't enough", then goes about redesigning the powertrain, aerodynamics, cooling, and more to deliver a lightning strike of a vehicle. It's the first time the ZR1 has offered two-pedal driving, but don't groan just yet: GM claims the 650-hp Z06 hits 60 miles per hour and runs the quarter-mile in 2.95 and 10.95 seconds, respectively, with the automatic.

In 1990, the Corvette ZR-1 returned to the lineup with a Lotus-engineered and Mercury Marine-built, 32-valve, aluminum-block, 5.7-liter V8 dubbed the LT5.

The C7 generation Corvette is already one of the most impressive super sports cars on the market, especially the 650 horsepower Z06. GM says the new ZR1 has four new radiators and 13 heat exchangers in total.

Unlike the previous C6 ZR1, where the supercharger assembly was open for the world to see under a clear polycarbonate piece, the new, carbon fiber "halo" hood is now a complex setup with vents and a shaker piece that caps the Eaton blower and intercooler. "The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed".

As for the car's many quirks and features, we learned that buyers will get a choice of two wing options (low and high, this being the high one), and that the rear wing can be adjusted manually. It comes with orange calipers to bind to the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (you can get your calipers in multiple colors on other ZR1s), orange rocker and splitter accents, and orange and bronze interior accents.

Both of the rear wings are tied directly into the car's chassis, as on the C7.R race vehicle, for the best possible strength and stability.

Inside, the ZR1 gets leather-trimmed bucket seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose sound system as standard.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.

  • Eleanor Harrison