The Corvette ZR1 is one of those monikers that tends to resurface every few years, with almost the same frequency as Bigfoot sightings (pre-Jack Links Jerky commercials, of course). While the 6th-gen ZR1 was placed under radio silence after the 2013 model year, 2017’s promise of a 2019 reintroduction makes for one of the most exciting promises Chevy cars have served up a while. This is especially true considering that it will confidently outperform the Z06, based on the unique alterations being made to its build.
With that in mind, it’s hard not to focus not the all-new 6.2-liter pushrod LT5 V8 engine. Equipped with a new fuel injection system, the engine boasts a 2.6-liter Eaton Supercharger that is over 50% than the one present in the X06. The end result is a packed punch of 745 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Paired with either a 7-speed Tremec manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s hard not to think about how much fun it would be to drive such a beast.
And yet, I’d be lying if I didn’t note that the impact of the ZR1’s return wasn’t slightly lessened by the promise of the mid-engine supercharged C8 ‘Vette in 2020. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way detracting from the appeal of 745 hp, but it’s hard not to be equally (if not more) excited about the 850 horses getting ready to turn the corner. That said, I’m here to praise the ZR1 (not to bury it).
For a closer look inside of the 2019 Corvette ZR1, you can enjoy the following walk-around overview provided by YouTuber EddieX as offered from this year’s Detroit Auto Show.