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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Experience

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The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a front-engined, V8-powered, rear wheel-drive, manual-equipped sports car. At a time when all-wheel drive, lower displacement, mid-engine layouts, and dual-clutch automatic transmissions are the norm of the supercar world, why on earth would we – a tech site – pay any mind to such a seemingly unsophisticated vehicle?

The answer is context. Before performance cars become uniform in their genetic makeup; before every comparison is based on figures rather than philosophy, we want to experience the very best of a dying breed. The all-new ZR1 collates the most refined principles from the classic go-faster school of thought — racing-derived aerodynamics, ultra sticky tires, massive brakes, and insane power — to give us a perfect summary of the past century.

Equipped with the optional ZTK track package and 3ZR trim, our Corvette ZR1 tester tips the scales at $140K. That sounds like a lot of coin for a Chevy, but compared to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS ($294,250), Audi R8 V10 Plus ($194,400), and Ford GT ($478,750), the ZR1 represents one heck of a bargain – and perhaps a compelling argument for the old school.
The Corvette ZR1 is not a pretty car; one doesn’t become lost in its curves or delicate accents. Rather, the ZR1 frightens onlookers into reverence. Gaping air dams, bulging ducts, and protruding aerodynamics make no attempt to mask the supercar’s extraordinary power. And, when dipped in a subtle hue like our tester’s magnetic gray, the ZR1 transforms into a sort of dark alley nightmare.
But this terror isn’t one we wish to escape. We’re called to the danger, even finding beauty in the ZR1’s brutal form. Hollowed star wheels in a black satin finish are as elegant as they are severe; brilliant blue brake calipers flicker within their dark housings and complement ZR1 badges on the hood and rear bumper; piercing LED light signatures declare intelligence within a muscle-bound bod.
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