The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 took home another award this week, winning the title of Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2019.
Outlets seem to love the bonkers 2019 Corvette ZR1. And why not, given that it cranks out a prodigious 755 hp from its massaged and supercharged 6.2L LT5 V8, boasts proper downforce at both ends, and can shred cars from McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari. All of which cost multiples more than the ZR1’s $122,095 entry level fee.
In order to achieve the victory, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 had to go through the other finalists, which included the Audi RS 5, BMW M5, Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, and Jaguar I-Pace.
“We were overwhelmed by the ZR1’s prodigious power—755 supercharged horses will do that—but found it even more capable on the track and perfectly livable on the street. It’s a missile pointed relentlessly forward, and it’s capable of amazing speed in skilled hands,” wrote Motor Authority.
The 2019 ZR1’s small-block LT5 rocks a supercharger that delivers 52-percent more displacement than the one crowning the Z06’s 6.2L LT4 V8, it features port and direct injection, and churns out a girthy 715 pound-feet of torque.
“The torque from the LT5 V-8 comes on like a hammer when pushed hard, but the engine will stay in the background with a light throttle foot. There’s so much torque that shifting the tight and positive 7-speed gearbox is rarely necessary. Speed builds relentlessly, and the sound makes you think you might be swallowed whole by an angry demogorgon.” continued the publication, clearly stunned by the ZR1’s athletics, especially compared to something like a Buick.
Sure, there were complaints too, like the ride is too firm on the street, the big front tires have a tendency to tramline, the wing makes the hatch hard to use, and the interior isn’t as nice as it could be. Yet despite all that, the 2019 ZR1 is not a car that will knock your teeth in doing simple milk runs, “the ZR1 is a usable supercar that you can drive regularly, not just take to track days or rub with a diaper.” Isn’t that really all anyone ever wanted?