Auto: Chevro­let Corvette ZR1

Chevro­let Corvette ZR1

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Kenny Yeo

Few cars have a name that is as cool as the Corvette’s. Now, few cars will be able to match its per­for­mance. Chevro­let has just an­nounced the new ZR1, and it is bristling with mus­cle. In fact, Chevro­let says this is the most pow­er­ful and fastest pro­duc­tion Corvette ever.

Power comes from Chevro­let’s lat­est power plant called the LT5. It is a su­per­charged 6.2-liter V8 that puts out an astro­nom­i­cal 755hp and 970nm of torque. That’s all very ex­cit­ing, but what will get purist even more ex­cited is the news that the ZR1 will be of­fered with the choice of a seven-speed man­ual with rev-match. If three ped­als are too much for you to han­dle, you could opt for an eight-speed auto.

To con­trol all that horse­power and fury, the ZR1 is avail­able with two dif­fer­ent aero pack­ages to keep the car glued to the tar­mac. The more ag­gres­sive ZTK Per­for­mance pack­age comes with a front split­ter, un­der­body spoiler, and a large fixed rear wing that help de­velop up to 430kg of down­force, which is like driv­ing around with a large bear strapped on top.

Chevro­let is coy on the ZR1’s per­for­mance for now, and will only say that it has a top speed in ex­cess of 338km/h. Nev­er­the­less, ex­pect the ZR1 to be com­pet­i­tive against the very best that Europe has to of­fer.

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