2017 LAASChevroletNews

Corvette ZR1 makes U.S. debut this week in Los Angeles

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever – the 755-

If you didn’t get a chance to fly to Dubai and check out the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, you’ll have your first chance to see it Stateside during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever – the 755-

The ZR1 is a 755-horsepower, front-engine, rear-wheel drive powerhouse that should be both exhilarating and scary to drive. It’s the most powerful Corvette ever made, and it’s the quickest and fastest to roll off the assembly line in Bowling Green.

Available as either a manual transmission, or equipped with an 8-speed automatic, the ZR1 is the pinnacle of Corvette development. Up until this point we thought that if you were going to get this much performance out of a Corvette it’d need to go to a mid-engine layout. That’s clearly a false thought.

But speaking of the mid-engine Corvette, we still think it’s coming. At this point we’d expect this same LT5 engine in the ZR1 to make its way over to the mid-engine car. It might keep the same power or it might make even more. Regular podcast contributor Christian Moe thinks it’ll be even more power and a better performer than the current ZR1 you see here.

If that’s the case, it’ll be an absolute monster. Though we’ve been seeing mid-engine Corvette rumors and hopes for 40 years. But with the spy shots we’ve seen, it looks like a production car is closer than ever.

When it will debut is an entirely different story.

Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.