GM might be positioning itself for an all-electric future, but it’s still making stupidly-fast supercars like the gas-powered 2019 Corvette ZR1. Â
GM revealed this beast a few days before the 2017 Dubai auto show. The Corvette ZR1 â? a life-sized Warm Wheels toy for adults â? may hit roads in spring 2018.
The iconic Corvette sports vehicle has been racing across highways given that 1953, and although it’s been produced badder and faster over the years, the particular 2019 ZR1 is the most powerful Corvette yet. In fact , it’s now probably the most high-performance factory-produced cars around: This hits speeds of 210 kilometers per hour thanks to its 755-horsepower motor. Â
For reference, Tesla’s all-electric high-performance luxury sedan, the Design S, rated for 762 hp, can go from 0 to 60 mph in around 2 . five seconds with its “Ludicrous Mode” velocity setting. (Hitting this ridiculous efficiency in a Tesla, however , gulps electrical power and requires added performance deals. )
The latest Corvette is sleek, ridiculously fast, plus futuristic looking, but it may keep a hot secret: Motor Trend reports rumors that the supercar actually spits flames (although there’s no photograph evidence just yet).
It’s unclear how the long the Corvette, with its internal combustion engine, may continue to run on gasoline. In Oct, GM’s CEO announced that “General Engines believes in an electric future” and can produce 20 types of all-electric automobiles by 2023. The all-electric Chevy Bolt â? an affordable, mass-market automobile that starts at around $30, 000 â? outpaced the Tesla Model S as the most-sold electric powered vehicle of October 2017.
The Corvette (especially specialized versions like the ZR1) was never intended to be a mass-market vehicle, like the Bolt and Tesla’s production-hampered Model 3 or more. Motor Trends reports GM may produce between 2, 000-3, 000 of these insane toys which, from prices that could exceed $130, 000, are high-end, souped-up re-imaginings towards the classic American muscle car. Possibly these supercars will co-exist together with the hordes of efficient, battery-powered cars of our electric future, idling at red lights by themselves as an endangered species â? but actually ready to leave us all in the dirt.