2016 Corvette ZR1 Complete Review

We can say about every year that it’s the year of supercars, but 2016 so far looks like it really wants to confirm the saying and stick by it. Tailing Chevrolet’s new Corvette ZR1, we have releases from the like of Nissan and Porche, both of which promise to deliver products sufficient to make it difficult for interested buyers to choose between all these options.

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As if that wasn’t enough, there are circulating rumors about a certain Chevy Corvette Zora ZR1 which will make it a difficult choice even for those who were already decided on staying faithful to the Corvette. Either way, the Corvette ZR1 Stingray for 2016 has a lengthy catalogue that presents everything from specs and pricing. Let’s analyze it and, hopefully, contribute to your decision.

From 2015 Corvette ZR1

Before we dive into the current events, if we truly want to find the upgrades and improvements in the 2016 Corvette ZR1, we should probably take a look first at its predecessor, the 2015 Corvette ZR1. This Vette was widely a well-received release, having managed to incorporate all the good things that we know and love about Chevy’s excellent-selling title. It’s fast, it has power, it completely floats on the highways, and it’s that one car that you can drive to work during the weekdays and that you can take out for a rally during the weekend.

As far as 2015 ZR1 specs go, there are definitely plenty of those worth mentioning, but we will save the in-depth overview for the star of the article. Whenever a new model is released, there are several main things that all those interested look for: pricing, engine, options. Given that it’s a supercar and speed is among its trademark features, the acceleration speed also becomes a main component!

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The base Corvette ZR1 price for the 2015 Corvette ZR1 starts off at $55,995 with the mention that Chevrolet’s service cost package covers 15 months and, during that interval, the maintenance cost attributed to solving the issues that come with a new car can be null.

The engine is a 90-deg V-8 with alum block and heads, roaring at a 460-hp, which is still considerably less than in the case of the 2015 Z06 or past ZR1’s that became notorious for the multitude of “horses” under their hoods.

And since we’re talking about power, let us not forget the important element of acceleration. The 2015 Corvette ZR1 manages to hit 120 mph in 12.6 seconds, requiring even less milliseconds to reach a mile quarter.

As for the options, the main one north mentioning is the ZR1 Performance Package, which provides an array of upgrades and boosts.

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To 2016 Corvette ZR1

Everything you need to know about the new Corvette ZR1 can be found straight in the manual for the 2016 Vette, but following the pattern set up previously, we will try to determine improvements through comparisons with the previous model. Of course, theory is a completely different thing and the definite determinant aspect of any car is when it actually takes part in a drive test. The 2015 ZR1, for example, had some issues with noisiness and the Z06 from 2014 lacked the stability to make you really press down on that acceleration. The latter’s issue was eventually fixed.

2016 Corvette ZR1

The 2016 Corvette engine is no other than the V-8 we’ve all grown to know and love, though the debate now is whether it actually sports 455-hp or 460-hp under its hood, realistically speaking. It’s definitely not up to par with the incredibly notorious 650-hp displayed by the Z06 models, but as far as supercars go, there are few models around the same model who can live up to the power of the Vette. The only downfall is that the liberty flying on the highway will come with the cost of fuel, given that the engine is very demanding in that sense. The acceleration that comes with the V-8 allows the ZR1 to hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, which is pretty much the equivalent to teleporting to the other side of the road.

Chevrolet provides a starter price for the latest ZR1 Corvette set around $55,400. Naturally, though, there are always the expenses that come with eventual tuning and the installation of optional packages. If those things are on your list then prepare to take out of your pockets roughly $20,000 more. The really impressive thing about Corvettes is how they’ve always been the ideal mix between performance and price, leaving up to the buyer whether they want higher expenses for more options.

Further Specs & Fun Times

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There are plenty of options lined up and ready for purchase by those who wish to improve their driving experience. Like in other past instances, you’re able to choose between a convertible and a coupe. Drivers may also opt for hood air extractor, brake cooling, and powertrain cooling, a Performance Package that adapts the vehicle to Corvette Racing standards. Aside from the obvious performance boosts, Corvettes really put a lot of accent on personalization and design options.

Speaking of design, the car is available in three colors. They’re not uncommon, being the classic black, blue, and red trio, but the quality of the paint and the slight alterations to the hue definitely add a nice classy twist to a car already heavy on a sporty appearance.

The thing many choose to completely leave out of the discussion is the technological side of the vehicle. For those who are tech savvy and want to own a car that’s both intelligent and fun aside from speed and powerful, consider the array of tech bonuses that come with this 2016 Corvette – wi-fi, the Chevrolet MyLink touch-screen, and Apple CarPlay.

In conclusion, both as a standalone product and compared to the 2015 Corvette ZR1 specs, the 2016 ZR1 is definitely a step forward. It didn’t make any bold moves and simply chose to restructure and pay more attention to the little issues and details of the past models. In a sense, it’s understandable. It’s a bit too early to dramatically revamp the line when the new generation was released only two years ago. For now, we have the 2016 ZR1 and we can’t say we’re displeased.

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