At this point, we’re not sure if we should even call this a leak, but a carefully calculated publicity stunt to only amplify the hype surrounding the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Ahead of the car’s debut in Dubai on November 12, and following leaked photos from a Car and Driver cover story, the entire article was posted online to Corvette Forum.
The digital magazine pages detail all of the changes the Corvette team made to create the most powerful factory Corvette ever. It starts with the 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine, a more powerful variant of the LT4 V8 engine found in the Corvette Z06 making 750 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. It features a larger supercharger, which dumps additional exhaust noise through a new patented internal valve. As the exhaust flow grows, the sound does as well.
Other details about the 2019 Corvette ZR1 we learned from the story:
- The ZR1 actually weighs 140 pounds more than the Z06 and shares many of its components.
- A ZTK performance package adds the aggressive aerodynamic components; not all cars will feature the big wing.
- The ZR1 is 2.5 seconds quicker around Virginia International Raceway, per Corvette team testing.
- Rather than go all-out hardcore like the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the team says the ZR1 will be more forgiving and views the Z06 as the most hardcore Corvette still.
We’ll learn all the official details this weekend so stay tuned, but you can read the article in full at the link above.