Everyone's favourite hillbilly sports car is back, and it has sprouted a wing and beefed up in all the right places.
With the stark absence of the Dodge Viper in the ring, the Chevrolet Corvette has found the space to grow some major teeth – under the bulging hood lies a supercharged LT5 6.2 litre V8 engine producing 755 HP and 715 lb-ft of torque. Over the top numbers aside, the ZR1 is also seriously track focused – two distinct wind-tunnel developed aero packages include all kinds of wings, blisters and diffusers that force the Vette to the ground and makes sure it sticks in corners. In all-out track mode with the “High Wing”, the ZR1 generates 950 pounds of downforce when it matters most – at speed. There's high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tyres and Magnetic Ride Control for superior grip where the aero starts giving out.
The latest generation can be equipped with either a seven speed manual or eight speed paddle shift automatic, marking the first time a ZR series Corvette has been fitted with an automatic gearbox. There's weight savings too, with generous lashings of carbon and aluminium all over the place, perhaps helping the Vette reach its claimed top speed of 210 MPH. If that is true, this would be the fastest ever Chevy Corvette, or at least the fastest Vette from the factory in series production.
Has Muricaa finally made a sports car worth talking about seriously (without any mention of quarter mile times or how easy it is to do a donut with it)?