The coupe’s top speed will be 212 m.p.h. It will hit 60 m.p.h. in less than 3.0 seconds, GM global product development chief Mark Reuss said. The new ZR1 is the ultimate performance version of the current Corvette, Reuss said. It has more carbon fiber parts than any Corvette before it, including a high wing rising from the rear deck that generates so much downforce it’s mounted to the car’s frame rather than the truck lid, because the trunk would buckle under the pressure.
An adjustable High Wing is part of the new $2,995 ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. It is designed to help generate faster lap times through maximum grip in the corners, with up to 950 pounds of downforce. The top speed is lower with the High Wing but still exceeds 200 mph.
Now that we have a price, we have an official price hierarchy of C7 Corvettes as well, pending any price increases for the 2019 model year cars. The base C7 Corvette Stingray costs $56,590; the Corvette Grand Sport commands $66,590; and the Corvette Z06 now looks like a bargain at $80,590.
The Corvette ZR1 will also feature a new exhaust system that features four distinct modes and sound levels: Stealth, Tour, Sport and Track. In Stealth mode, the ZR1 is quieter than the Corvette Z06, while in Track mode it is significantly louder.