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I’m not even sure where to begin here. We’ve reached the limits of hyperbole. We’ve reached the limits of sense. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can be yours for $119,995, which is a lot for a Corvette, but this thing has an obscene amount of performance. If you need more, behold the Corvette ZR1 Convertible, a 755 horsepower, 200-plus mile an hour, $123,995 open-topped madness machine.

This is the Corvette for people who want a Corvette with almost zero compromises. Chevy claims that the chassis is so stiff, that there’s been nothing done to it to keep it on the road over the ZR1 coupe. “The only structural changes in the convertible are accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts,” it said in a press release.


The only weight gain that’s gone on at all is just a 60-pound jump, and the company says that’s mostly due to the folding top hardware. And a 60-pound gain, when you’re dealing with 755 HP, is pretty much nothing. That’s just you after Thanksgiving.

In fact, there are only two drawbacks that I can see right now. The first, naturally, is that it’s a convertible, so everyone has to see your big dumb face. The second is that there appears to be some reduction in top speed, though it’s the sort of reduction that won’t make any difference to mere mortals.

The top speed of the coupe is 212 mph. The convertible? Just “200+.” Sad.


And the figures Chevy is letting dribble out over the coupe are nuts, too:

The Corvette ZR1’s unique aero package is central to the coupe’s 212-mph (341 kph) top speed. Its standard, stanchion-mounted Low Wing generates road-holding downforce with minimal drag, enabling the benchmark top speed. This was evident during top-speed testing at Germany’s Papenburg proving ground.

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.

Complementing the ZR1’s aero advantage on the way to 212 mph is the thrust generated by the exclusive LT5 6.2L supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm). A seven-speed manual transmission and a ZR1-first paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission are offered with it. Preliminary testing has shown 0-60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and the quarter mile in the high 10-second range when the engine is equipped with the eight-speed automatic.


Zero to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. Thirteen radiators.

I don’t even know what to do with this. It’s too much. It’s a Corvette. This isn’t possible. How is this happening?


I need to go lay down.

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.

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