It has been years in the making and now the wait is over. The Chevrolet plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky has shipped out the first batch of 2019 Corvette ZR1s. As we’ve mentioned before, the ZR1 wasn’t planned to be part of the C7 generation, but engineers began playing with new supercharger designs and it was given the green light.
The project was known internally as “BAS” or “Big @## Supercharger.” They took lessons learned in the Z06 to push their 6.2 liter V8 to 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. It has dual heat extractors in front of the intercooler, which has its own carbon fiber cover. In total, the ZR1 arrives with 13 heat exchangers. Your transmission options are an 8-speed automatic or a 7-speed manual with rev-matching. Pricing starts at $119,000, a bargain for going faster than 210 mph.
We saw Rick Hendrick donate $925,000 to charity at Barrett-Jackson in order to purchase the first ZR1, so it is only fitting that he was able to drive it out of the National Corvette Museum. If you are interested in getting in on the action, find a Chevy dealer near you for all the details.