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Corvette ZR1 news - Super 'Vette - 2008

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General Motors
has, over the years, produced a lot of cars. An awful lot of cars. But this is
the most powerful one ever: the Corvette ZR1.  

Taking the Z06’s aluminium
chassis and adding a bunch of carbon fibre and, more importantly, a new
supercharged 6.2-litre V8 small block engine, the ZR1 puts out 620bhp and 595lb
ft of torque.  

There’s no firm word on
performance yet, but considering that the Z06 - with a mere 506bhp - hits 60mph
in under four seconds and tops out at 199mph, we must be looking at a new
entrant to the 200mph club.  

It sounds like a genuinely
awesome engine: a Roots-style supercharger means that 300bhp is available from
just 1,000rpm, while 90 per cent of the peak torque arrives at 2,600rpm. That’s
some serious low-end grunt.  

It should be more
driveable than Corvettes of old, thanks to a Magnetic Selective Ride Control
system, which works in a similar fashion to the Audi TT’s magnetorheologic
suspension - electronically controlled shocks are filled with fluid that reacts
to magnetic charges for near-instant damper adjustment.

We’ll see the ZR1 in the
flesh at the Detroit show next month. Roll on 2008.

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