Dubai, United Arab Emirates - This, General Motors will lose no time in telling you, is the most powerful Chevrolet production car yet unleashed on the buying public. Shown in public for the first time at the weekend in Dubai, this is the 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Yes, that’s not a misprint; the eighth-generation Corvette ZR1 will go on sale in the US late next year, but how is GM backing up its ‘most powerful’ claim?
With the 6.2-litre LT5 supercharged V8, available only in the ZR1 and wielding a Society of Automotive Engineers-certified 563kW and 969Nm, is how, thanks to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that moves 52 percent more charge air than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger, and GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system with primary direct injection as well as supplemental port injection.
It drives the rear wheels via either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission - the first time that an auto has been offered in a ZR1 - to a top speed of “more than 340km/h'.
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