Corvette ZR1 2019
Corvette ZR1 2019
The Corvette ZR1 made a public appearance at Bloomington Gold. These are the new 2019 models which are available now for ordering and purchasing. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 takes the ZR1 high performance option to a new and higher level than what was established by the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Let’s take a look at the exterior body changes that the ZR1 utilizes which is not found in other Corvettes.
The Corvette ZR1 uses a new front spoiler which is also called a Front Underwing, and it is fabricated from lightweight Carbon Fiber. The front fascia or front cowl of the Corvette ZR1 is different from all the other C7 Corvettes. As you can see in the photo above, the front fascia has significantly larger grilles which help conduct outside air into the radiator and from what I can see are dual intercoolers for the new larger supercharger.
For all of you readers who have a model like this one or are going to purchase a new one, please take extra time when washing your car after a road trip. As you can see in the photo above, the intercoolers are packed with bugs and debris from Interstate driving and/or perhaps driving at night. The fins in the intercoolers, oil coolers, and radiators need to be free of bugs and debris for optimum performance. Take a high pressure hose with soap to clean this debris off your radiators and coolers and rinse with clean water. Even your air conditioning will perform better if you take this extra care to maintain your Corvette.
The Corvette ZR1 has a new hood and induction system which uses styling cues from Corvettes of the Past, most siginificantly from what I can see, the L88 Corvette.
The Corvette ZR1 has a new high rise hood which appears to have the classic L88 Corvette indent, but upon closer inspection, the hood has a cutout, A-La 1970 Firebird Trans Am, with a separate hood scoop covering the new supercharger and fuel injection system. It appears that the hood is constructed of Carbon Fiber as can be seen at the rear most area of the center of the hood. The hood scoop is Carbon Fiber as well and provide a very attractive contrast with the body color.
The new Carbon Fiber ZR1 hood and hood scoop is available with an option “Jake” decal which is applied on top of the Carbon Fiber scoop.
Upon inspection of the rear of the new Corvette ZR1 Carbon Fiber hood and hood scoop, it almost looks as if it was designed with the possibility of using a cowl induction cool air system to feed the new supercharged engine. This new hood was obviously designed with the help of a vintage L88 Corvette hood as reference. It has the shape, contours, and height reminiscent of the 1968/1969 L88 Corvette cowl induction hood.
But when you open the hood, the vintage Firebird Trans Am style hood and scoop style is obvious. Whereas the C6 2009 Corvette ZR1 used a tempered glass covering to display the supercharged engine and maintain undisturbed aerodynamic air flow over the top of the hood, the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 uses an open scoop hood which creates a seal against the engine scoop when the hood is closed.
The new Carbon Fiber scoop is bolted to a support and creates a tight seal over the new supercharger which is 73mm taller than the LT4 engine which powers the C7 Z06. The air intake is quite obvious in this photo, and a duct helps direct the air towards the scoop. The rear of the radiator is seen near the front end of the air induction system.
I really must make a comment here. I understand the importance proper air flow over, around, under, and through any car, so I can only be under the impression that the engine is tuned to operate not only at a specific temperature, but to also operate best at a specific air intake temperature as well. The air passing through the radiator has already absorbed some heat compared to the outside air, even on a very hot day. The C7 Z06 ducts the hot radiator air out through the hood ahead of the engine. Hopefully, there will be a cold air cowl induction hood box option which will duct cooler outside air into the rear of the new ZR1 Carbon Fiber hood scoop at some point in the future. The new ZR1 hood looks as if it’s already been shaped to accept a rear cowl induction system, so let’s sit back a see what happens.
The Corvette ZR1 is available as a convertible. The last ZR1 Corvette convertible was available and sold new back in 1972, but that’s another story. This Corvette ZR1 convertible wears the standard Nickel-Plated Aluminum ZR1 only wheels. These wheels have a raised ZR1 logo which identify them. I prefer these wheels over the Carbon Flash-painted or the Satin Graphite-painted wheels. The convertible lacks the upper rear cooling scoop which the coupe utilizes.
This Corvette ZR1 had the standard rear spoiler which comes with both the convertible and the coupe.
Here is the optional larger rear spoiler which is in the ZTK Track Performance Package. It can create up to 950 lbs of downforce at high speed. It’s shown here on a ZR1 coupe which also displays the rear scoops. The ZTK Track Performance Package is available on both the coupe and the convertible.
Here is the Corvette ZR1 convertible with the ZTK Track Performance Package parked along side a pair of coupes with the ZTK option.
Is the new Corvette ZR1 the best Corvette ever offered by Chevrolet? My answer is YES! The Corvette ZR1 is a 200+ MPH car. You can drive it anywhere. It has a warranty and you can enjoy air conditioning on all of those hot summer days. You can roll the windows up when you are on the highway, which is something you can never do in vintage high performance Corvette, as most of those high performance Corvettes were not available with air conditioning.
So I know that some of you are going to ask me if the new Corvette ZR1 is better than the classic L88 Corvette. Well, I have to admit that you can’t beat the performance, features, comfort, warranty, and usability of the new Corvette ZR1. My answer is YES the new Corvette ZR1 is a better Corvette than the L88 Corvette. So if you decide to purchase one, drive it and enjoy it. You will not make a profit on it if you park it and store it away. Thousands of things can happen over a 30, 40 or 50 year period. Other Corvettes have come before this one, and thousands of owners stored them thinking they would make a fortune decades down the road when they decided to sell their Corvette. That NEVER happened. So drive and enjoy your Corvette.
The New Corvette ZR1 is the BEST Corvette ever built!