"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", says Reuss. Among other models debuting in Dubai is the truly jaw-dropping and neck-snapping Devel Sixteen, a hand-built monster delivering 5,000 horsepower and topping out somewhere north of 310 miles per hour. But Chevrolet has nothing to apologize for when it comes to what chief designer Tom Peters is calling "a attractive beast".
American muscle comes in many shapes and forms, but none are as savage as this - the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The package comes with the high-sitting wing on the rear, performance tires, and an improved front splitter. Not quite Dodge Demon numbers, but this beast isn't designed primarily for the drag strip.
Because of the aero, top speed takes a whack, but Chevrolet claims the new ZR1 will still cruise its way past 338km/h (210mph). That's all from an LT5 6.2 litre direct-injected V8 - still fitted with pushrods, mind you - force-fed by an intercooled supercharger 52% larger than the one in the Z06. You'll get a great soundtrack as it does that, too, courtesy of a brand new exhaust system. These days, you can't think about acceleration without worrying about fuel economy and emissions.
Handling is optimised by a full aero kit including a big rear wing, specially crafted front end with air intakes and guides, while the steering is conducted through a variable ratio rack-and-pinion system with electric power assist. In addition, the powertrain also gets an upgraded crankshaft, dry sump lubrication, and a new 4-inch throttle body. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. This is sent through either a seven-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic (first ever auto ZR1).
Peak horsepower is made at 6,300 rpm, 100 rpm lower than the 650-hp Corvette Z06. Go for the track performance and select the second choice, which has 60% more downforce (at an estimated 950 pounds) than the Z06 in the Z07 Performance Package configuration. Both of the wing options are tied into the chassis, which is how it is in the Corvette Racing C7.R version, ass well. With or without the ZTK there's a first-ever front underwing, as well.
And the US-based manufacturer has installed a see-through panel in the bonnet in order to show off the supercharged engine.