2019 Corvette ZR1: Mega Fast, Yet Incredibly Balanced

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Edmunds has reviewed the 2019 ZR1, and surprise, surprise, it’s very, very fast.

Rare is a car as hotly anticipated as the mighty 2019 Corvette ZR1. So, like you, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the first series of hands-on impressions regarding this beastly machine. After all, we have lots of questions. Will it exhibit good manners around a track, or will it prove to be a handful like many over-powered cars often do? Can Chevrolet manage to get the car’s immense 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque to the pavement? Or will this thing just turn out to be a fun way to destroy expensive tires?

For some clarity, we turn to this Edmunds review, hot off the presses. Instead of starting out with some sort of road test, Senior Writer Carlos Lago wrings out the 2019 Corvette ZR1 in its natural element, Road Atlanta. Right off the bat, Lago notes that the new ZR1 is a “monster of a car” that requires a readjustment of your perception of speed. Obviously, power is “incredible” and acceleration is “tremendous.”

2019 Corvette ZR1

However, this remains a balanced machine, regardless. Lago notes that everything else about the 2019 Corvette ZR1 “has risen to match” the insane power output. He says that it’s a “mega fast car,” but one that “doesn’t terrify you with its performance potential.” And that’s saying a lot. No to mention the ZR1’s “level of electronic sophistication, which is unparalleled at this price point.”

2019 Corvette ZR1

So the only question left to ask is, how does the new ZR1 handle normal driving? Well, it basically feels like “a more powerful normal Corvette.” It’s a little louder and firmer, but nothing outrageous. It’s not a punishing experience, something that befalls most hardcore cars like this. Heck, you can even mostly eliminate the exhaust note in “Stealth” mode. Though, we aren’t sure why you would want to do that.

And that’s perhaps the most impressive thing about the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Anybody can build a fast car. But few can build a car that’s immensely fast and satisfying to drive in normal circumstances!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Corvette Forum, Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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