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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Keshav Katyal Content Writer Updated on: October 31, 2019


It has been 50 years since its debut and the ZR1 has come a long way in terms of both performance and style. An icon that made its mark in the American motor industry as a pocket-friendly sports car, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 makes a grand entry. During its debut year, the ZR1 connected to the masses in such a way that many speed junkies, who were looking to feed their hunger for power got this car. Thought to be driven on a track, Chevy made it so that even daily drivers can enjoy the thrilling ride without getting a ticket.

A car that has treaded too far into the supercar territory and leaving some legendary automobiles in the dust, the ZR1 makes its comeback in 2019 with a motor so insanely powerful yet easy to control and available at a third of Ferrari 812 SF’s cost. American automobile industry has always been looked at as the muscle producing industry. That fact doesn't get clearer with the Corvette ZR1 in the picture. It is the fastest, meanest, and the most powerful Vette that has seen the light at the end of the assembly line.

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Pros

Unrivaled performance in its segment

Extensive use of carbon fiber

Utilitarian Cargo space

Cons

Interior quality not up to the mark

Lacks at some advanced safety features

What's New?

New 755-horsepower engine makes its debut


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$120900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

715 lbs.-ft

transmission

7-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.5/62.5

dimensions

wheelbase

106.7 in.

length

177.9 in.

width

77.4 in.

height

48.5 in.

curb weight

3560 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/19 mpg

highway range

351.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Watkins Glen Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine And Performance

9.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.9

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.1

Final Verdict

8.7

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe ZR

ZR

power
755 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$120,900 - $130,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1ZR 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) Starting at $120,900 MSRP (13/15/19) 755 hp @ 6300 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
3ZR 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) Starting at $130,900 MSRP (13/15/19) 755 hp @ 6300 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


From the open roof body to the third generation’s timeless design inspired by the Mako shark to the latest angular and aggressive edges, the Corvette has come a long way and has made a distinct mark in the automotive industry. It was the love and support from its supporters that fueled the company’s idea to carry on with the ZR1. It challenges the best performance coupes the automobile industry has to offer, with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S and the Acura NSX being just a couple of contenders. In fact, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is capable to go up against the likes of Lamborghini Huracan and the McLaren 720S, beating them at their home turf.


7.6/10
Features

 

9.4/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

9.1/10
Competition

 

8.7/10
Final Verdict

 

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Features

7.6/10

The 2019 ZR1 comes with 2 trims, 1ZR and 3ZR. The Vette ZR1 comes with a base price of $121,995 and goes up to $131,995 for the top trim. Chevrolet offers a 7-speed manual transmission with Active rev-matching for both the trims.

This car is not just a sports car, it is a supercar slayer which comes with a powerful 6.2L supercharged V8 engine as standard for all the trims, which produces 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. This time, Chevrolet is offering its iconic sports car in a new avatar, a convertible, for the first time in the history of ZR1.

The 1ZR variant is the base variant that comes pretty much loaded with everything except for some additional personalization options and some interior features which come as either standard or are optional for the 3ZR.

Trim

1ZR

3ZR

MSRP

$121,995

$131,995

Key features

9-speaker Bose audio system

10-speaker Bose premium audio system

 

1 seat color option

Front and curb view cameras

 

Two 8” color touch screens

Universal home remote control

 

Visible body-colored Carbon-fiber roof panel

Napa leather seating surfaces

 

HID Xenon lighting with LED park and turn signals

Factory navigation system as standard

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Though both the trims are relatively the same with some extra personalization options offered with the top trim. Though you will get some personalization options with the 3ZR, the 1ZR will be perfect for both daily drives and track madness. Also spending an additional $2995 will get you the ZTK track performance package that will add a crazy 9-inch rear spoiler along with some additional mechanical upgrades.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Engine and Performance

9.4/10

”This $130,000 supercar slayer is even more potent than the already outrageous Corvette Z06. It's supercharged, just like the Z06, but it's even more powerful. Thanks to a reworked supercharged V8, it cranks out an astounding 755 horsepower” -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood, Chevy has installed a monstrous 6.2L V8 engine which produces 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, making it the craziest and the fastest Corvette to date. The mammoth-like stats that this car has are enough to put any sports car and even some supercars on the wall of shame.

As soon as the ignition is turned on, the sleeping beast gets ready to get unleashed. With a slight force on the gas, the engine gives out the earth-shattering sound of the V8. The burbling sound of the motor feels even better when compared to its younger sibling, the Z06. Definitely, this car is a head-turner, but when taken to a track, this gas guzzler becomes a monster that spits power like anything.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

MSRP

$121,995

$187,500

$159,300

$122,750

Engine

LT5 Supercharged 6.2L V8

4.0L Flat-Six

Twin-turbocharged V6 with electric motors

5.0L Supercharged V8

Transmission

7-speed Manual with Rev-Matching

7-speed PDK Automatic

9-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

8-speed ZF Automatic

Horsepower

755

520

573

575

Torque (lb-ft)

715

346

476

516

When compared to its competitors, the ZR1 takes a clear victory in terms of power and performance among its competitors. The Jaguar F-Type SVR takes the second position followed by the Acura NSX. The most expensive car, 911 GT3 RS finishes at the last position with the least power output of just 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to transmission, the ZR1 comes equipped with a 7-speed manual transmission that feels smooth while shifting gears. The manual feels easy to use and the gear shifts feel predictable and friendly, but not instantaneous.

Acceleration

The ZR1 packs a powerful V8 motor under the hood that makes this gas-guzzling beast a track monster destroying many cars out there. As soon as the pedal hits the floor, the hidden beast gets unleashed spitting out a ton of power that torments the asphalt by its downforce generated by the optional big wing. The ZR1 is a throttle friendly car with great throttle response. Even a slight force on the gas makes it spit more power and sound than any of its competitors.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.1

3.0

3.1

3.5

Quarter mile (sec)

10.94

11.5

11.22

11.8

Engine

LT5 Supercharged 6.2L V8

4.0L Flat-Six

Twin-turbocharged V-6 with electric motors

5.0L Supercharged V8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

10.28

9.63

7.34

8.56

When compared to its rivals, the car shares its place with the Japanese performance icon, the NSX in 0-60 test with the timing of 3.1 seconds and placing them at the 2nd position behind the Stuttgart hero, the 911 with a timing of 3 seconds flat. The F-type trails behind at the last position with a time of 3.5 seconds. However, in a drag race, the Corvette ZR1 leaves them all staring at its taillights.

Braking

The brake pedal on the new ZR1 gives a natural feel while decelerating. Also, the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes give this a great stopping power and took 88 ft to come to a dead standstill from 60 mph. The brakes are strong and the performance is quite impressive whether on streets or on a track.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

Front Brake (in)

15.5

16.1

14.5

14.9

Rear Brake (in)

15.3

15.3

14.2

14.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3584

3153

3878

3759

60-0 MPH (ft)

88

96

95

112

Ride and Handling

As soon as the rider gets behind the wheel, the car gives strong controlling vibes to the rider. The ride feels slightly harsh on the rough surface but when driven on asphalt, the ride feels as smooth as a cakewalk. Like its younger sibling, the Z06, the ZR1 comes equipped with 4 driving modes to give the rider a unique driving experience. Not like many other exotics that are preserved to rot, this car is meant to be driven without showing mercy on the tires and asphalt.

The steering wheel is precise and well-weighted. The movements are well balanced and the rider feels confident as the car feels in full control of the person behind the wheel. The car lands just perfectly where the rider wants it to, without any slipping or overturning.

Taking its power into consideration, the car takes turns quite impressively and quickly with negligible body roll that the rider won’t notice too easily. If let loose on a track, the ZR1 will definitely torment the asphalt with such a great amount of power under it.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Fuel Economy

6.0/10

A true performer, the ZR1 proves to be a real gas-hungry car because of its gas-hungry engine present under the hood. An EPA rating of 15 mpg isn't what one would consider fuel-efficient. Still, its 18.5-gallon fuel tank makes sure you are not pulling up to a gas station regularly.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

MPG (Highway)

19

15

22

23

MPG (city)

13

19

21

15

MPG (combined)

15

17

21

18

Tank cap. (gal.)

18.5

16.9

15.6

18.5

When tank capacities are considered, the F-type again takes the pole position followed by the GT3 RS and Acura NSX at 2nd and 3rd respectively, and Vette coming at the last. The F-Type is certainly the more sensible cruiser, with its 23 mpg highway rating. The NSX benefits from its hybrid powertrain, capable of going a few miles on electric power alone.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Interior

7.5/10

“For a relatively small two-seater, the Corvette surprisingly doesn't feel cramped. The control layout is thoughtful, and the driving position is quite adjustable.” -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Whenever we come across a 2-seater car, the first thought that comes to our mind is the roominess of the cabin. Surprisingly, the Vette, even being a two-seater, is quite spacious for both its occupants. Kudos to Chevrolet’s designers for making a 2-seater performance sports car comfortable to stretch in.

The car has comfortable seats which are sturdy as well. Due to the presence of an adjustable steering column, the rider can get the perfect driving position and feel comfortable while riding without getting tired. When behind the wheel, the supercharger is slightly visible, thereby blocking the visibility as it sticks an additional 4” above the hood. The Cabin materials have been improved from the previous generation Vette, but a lot of plastic is visible.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

Passenger Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/55.2/43

N/A

38.3/57.6/42.8

36.8/56.5/42.8

Passenger Volume(ft.3)

52.0

N/A

44.0

56.2

Getting in and out of this car becomes slightly difficult as the rider needs to get low to enter and also because of the aggressively designed dashboard and steep windshield. While inside the cabin, there is a lot of engine sound coming inside and feels really loud, but makes the ride even more thrilling and fun with the raw sound of the engine getting in the ears.

Like its younger sibling, Z06, the ZR1 has very driver-centric controls which are slightly tilted towards the rider for better convenience. While the interior of the 1ZR looks quite simple, there is a lot of personalization options that come with the 3ZR as either standard or optional, to give the car personal touch. Chevy also offers an option to add an owner’s name plaque on the center console, which takes the personalization to a whole new level.

Infotainment

The aggressively styled dashboard of the ZR1 sports an 8” touch screen, just like its younger sibling Z06. The display looks crisp and vibrant with menu and options beautifully displayed on it. There is also a small secret storage place behind the display screen which can be accessed by pressing a button placed near the screen. A ride recording cam is present inside the cabin which points towards the windshield and can record a ride for the rider to review it in future.

This car comes with a host of entertainment features to keep the rider entertained and make every ride full of fun. The car has an array of features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 9-speaker Bose sound system with the 1ZR or 10-speaker premium Bose sound system with the 3ZR variant.

Also, present on the dashboard is a small transparent HUD that displays all the vital information and keeps the rider focused on the ride, but it competes for the visibility with the hood bump. The gauge cluster is very informative and displays many vital stats and information related to the ride and car.

Cargo space

Many people think that most coupes don’t offer enough cargo space. Chevy took this statement as a challenge and showed the world that coupes can offer a generous amount of cargo space. The Vette offers the highest amount of cargo space among its rivals. Even with a fighter jet-esque cockpit, there are several small-item storage compartments that cater to all your repository needs. The cupholders can hold a variety of beverages and the glovebox is good to hold a couple of books easily.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

Maximum interior cargo volume (ft.3)

15.0

13.6

4.4

14.4

The ZR1 bags the first place as it provides 15 cu.ft. of boot space. The F-type closely competes with it and comes in second place with 14.4 cu.ft of boot space, followed by the GT3 RS. The NSX finishes at last with the least amount of cargo space of just 4.4 cu.ft.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Exterior

8.9/10

As a Targa or a convertible, the ZR1’s flamboyant bodywork clearly denotes it as the pinnacle of the Corvette lineup.” –Car and Driver

Design and Styling

If you ever wondered how aggressive the folks at Chevrolet could get with a sports car design, you need only look towards the Corvette ZR1. The sinister set of scoops, flaps, spoilers, and vents set it apart from any other American car you may see on the streets. It doesn't just feel powerful, it looks the same as well. With HID headlights on the front and edged-out taillights at the back, you may easily mistake this for a mechanical demon in the dark.

The amount of carbon-fiber on the exterior of this beast may even cause hardcore performance vehicles like the Lamborghini Aventador and the McLaren 570S blush a little. That is unless they weren't breaking a sweat already from its power figures. The car's sharp edges merge elegantly with the continuous lines that run from the hood all the way to the trunk of the car. That too, without sacrificing much on the aerodynamic spectrum. The ZR1 has 30 percent more downforce and 40 percent more cooling airflow than a Z06.

Dimension and Weight

The extensive use of carbon-fiber helps keep the ZR1's weight in check. Its wide girth and a low ride height ensure maximum stability even at high speeds. This also factors in with its terrific and almost-telepathic handling. The car is long and wide, a 109-inch wheelbase is massive by all measures. Yet, its agility is something unheard of for a car of such dimensions.

Models

Corvette ZR1 1ZR

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Acura NSX Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe

Curb weight (lbs)

3584

3153

3878

3759

Length (in)

179.8

179.4

176.1

176.2

Width (in)

77.4

74

87.3

74.2

Height (in)

48.5

51.1

47.8

51.6

Wheelbase (in)

106.7

96.6

103.5

103.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/63.6

62.5/61.3

65.2/63.7

62.4/63.4

The ZR1 is the longest car having the longest wheelbase. The Porsche is the lightest car and also the car with the smallest wheelbase, making it quite agile. The NSX is the heaviest car in the league, trailing behind the F-type, which lands on the third place.

Exterior Features

  • Optional ZTK performance package
  • Visible carbon fiber weave hood insert
  • Removable Body-colored Carbon fiber roof panel
  • HID headlamps
  • Body-colored heated power outside mirrors
  • Pearl nickel painted aluminum wheels
  • Solar-Ray light-tinted glass

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Safety

7.0/10

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has not been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA for its crash-worthiness. Still, its carbon-fiber with aluminum chassis has enough strength and strategically-placed crumple zones to protect the occupants in the event of a crash. There are not any advanced driver aids such as lane departure warning or advanced emergency braking. But there are enough systems in place to let the more amateur drivers retain control of the car at all times.

Safety Features

  • Active handling stability control and traction control
  • Performance traction management
  • Rear vision camera
  • Curb view camera
  • Front and Side Dual-Stage Airbags
  • Heads up display as standard on all trims

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Competition

9.1/10

Corvette ZR1 v/s Porsche 911 GT3 RS

In this battle of the American supercar slayer and the Stuttgart champ, the 911 gives the ZR1 a tough competition in some segments like performance and fuel economy. The 911 beats the ZR1 in the 0-60 test by just 0.1 seconds, although the 911 proves to be quite expensive when its price tag is considered. Both the cars are great but if you are on a tight budget and want a car that has an insane amount of power, then the ZR1 is the car for you. On the other hand, if you want a hardcore track performer with no upper limit on your wallet, then the GT3 RS is a perfect choice.

Corvette ZR1 v/s Acura NSX

There is something different about the relationship between Americans and Japanese. When these two are pitted against each other, the ZR1 clearly takes the crown and shuts its rival’s mouth in almost all of the segments. Though the NSX provides a great amount of luxury with performance into it, the ZR1 takes the performance quotient to an insane level but makes the interiors feel quite basic. The ZR1 is definitely for those who can live with simple interiors and play with the beast present under the hood. The NSX, on the other hand, is for those who want a car that maintains a perfect balance between luxury and performance.

Corvette ZR1 v/s Jaguar F-type SVR

The SVR, when pitted against the ZR1, gives a tough competition to the Vette in almost all of the segments. The SVR offers a great array of luxury, with some performance into its blood. As both of these cars have similar price tags, the SVR is for those who want to spend their week in luxury with just a day on the track, while the ZR1 is for those who want to spend their entire week in a track-oriented car.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Final Verdict

8.7/10

With the latest iteration of Chevy’s gas guzzler, the 2019 ZR1brings even more fun and thrill to the rides with an insane amount of horsepower present under the hood. The blue devil’s elder sibling comes with even more oomph to make people stare at it with their mouths open. The optional package adds more aggressive styling to this beast with a big 9” carbon fiber rear spoiler to the front carbon-fiber splitter with side skirts making it look even more aggressive and stealthy.

The new ZR1 stands as a car which justifies its price tag so well that leaves the buyer with no excuse to look for any other car present out there. Just a glance of this car is enough to make anyone fall in love with this beauty.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

How fast is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 2.85 seconds and is capable of doing a quarter-mile run in 10.6 seconds. On a long enough straight, the ZR1 can reach a top speed of 212 mph, making it the fastest Chevrolet in history.

Is the Corvette ZR1 a supercar?

Yes. The Corvette has always been considered as a fast car. Its performance figures certainly put it above any regular sports car, making it able to compete with most supercars that cost much more than its price tag. This has earned the Corvette the nickname of 'supercar killer'.

What does the "ZR1" stand for?

The designation of "ZR1" stands for "Zora Racer 1". It is named after Zora Arkus-Duntov, who is widely regarded as the 'Father of Modern Corvettes'. The first ZR1 badge was seen on C3 Corvettes in 1970.

Do Corvettes depreciate in value?

Yes. Corvettes depreciate in value like most other automobiles over time. Although the curve of depreciation is not as steep as Chevrolet trucks and sedans, you can very well start losing substantially after the first three years of ownership. There are a few Corvettes that have made the vintage list. A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette L88 was auctioned recently for 3.85 million dollars.