2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Makes Its Global Debut in Dubai


The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 made its global debut Sunday at the Dubai Motor Show!

This supercar has the highest power, greatest track performance, and most advanced technology in the Corvette’s production history.

ZR1 2“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there has never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, in a press release. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

Under the hood, the ZR1 has an LT5 6.2L V8 engine. It delivers 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, with over 600 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2200 rpm to redline. The top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph!

Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are availableZR1 3 with the LT5. It is the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

The vehicle’s all-new front fascia is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A carbon-fiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly.

“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager, in a press release. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”

ZR1 FrontThe ZR1 offers two aero packages:

  • A standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package
  • Two-way adjustable High Wing that offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times.  The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.

The new ZR1 also is available with a Sebring Orange Design Package. Along with the Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching, and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will be available next spring.

View Runde Auto Group’s new Corvette inventory here.

Build Your Own Corvette Engine

Am I the only one who thinks “holy cow, there must be a whole lot of complicated things going on when they built that engine!” This is what I think almost every time I pop open my hood to look at the engine? How would one go about building an engine?  What all goes into the design?  Is displacement really king when it comes to sheer power?  Was GM’s 3800 V-6 really the best car engine of the 20th century?  Or what about Jeep’s 4.0L inline 6-cylinder?  I later go on to wonder if I were to ever take one apart, what would I see, would I know how it all worked, and could I put it all back together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? If only I could see one being built from scratch and have an explanation of what’s going on… what’s that? I can!??

That’s right, Chevrolet is now giving you the option to build your own engine with the purchase of a Z06 or ZR1 Corvette. Pack up your bags, plop down an extra $5,800 plus travel charges to Detroit and you will be face to machine with all the parts and tools needed to build the very same engine that will be rocketing you down the road at ridiculous speeds. The best part about it is if you are in the market for a Z06 or a ZR1 then the extra $$$ needed for this awesome, once in a lifetime opportunity, will probably be next to nothing.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the engine you could be building!

Jeff Schmitt Stars in “The Stressful Life of Jeff Schmitt”

Jeff Schmitt has been with us here at Runde’s for several years. Having to deal with appointments and service, Jeff is always a busy guy. Today, however, we got to sneak in a couple questions in an attempt to give you a small glimpse of the life of Jeff Schmitt.

Thanks for chatting with me Jeff. To start out, what would you say is your position here?
Assistant Body Shop Manager would be my “main position” but I do several other things such as service writing, making appointments, etc.

How long have you been here?
Since August 2007, so a couple of years.

How do you like it at Runde’s?
It’s great. Everyone is really friendly.

Where are you from?
I was born in Dubuque, lived there for about a year. Then we moved to East Dubuque when my dad got a job at Fentress Lake Marina. So I’ve been living there pretty much all of my life.

I assume you went to the East Dubuque High school then?
Yep. I went to all of the East Dubuque Schools so I’ve been able to see up close how Runde’s has grown throughout the years.

Do you have any pets?
Yep we have birds. One is a Quaker and one is a Sun Coiner.

I used to have birds as well… EVERY morning they’d wake you up bright and early around 5:30 or so.
hahaha, yep. Exactly.

Favorite restaurant?
Olive Garden – I’d have to say their Alfredo dishes are my favorite.

What’s the last movie you seen in theaters?
I saw Hot Tub Time Machine. It was a lot better than what everyone thought it would be. Pretty funny.

Are you planning on seeing Iron Man 2?
More than likely. I’ve seen the first one so I’d assume I’d watch the second one as well.

Do you do the whole Facebook thing? What do you think about those Social Networks?
Yah I do have a Facebook. I like the Social Networks – you can meet new people and chat with different people that share similar interests with you.

If you could take any one vehicle from our lot, what would you take?
I really like the new Camaro’s. I’d LOVE to take the Corvette ZR1, but I don’t think that would happen anytime soon.

Have any favorite sports teams?
If I’d have to pick I’d pick the Bears.

Do you have a role model?
I haven’t really given that any thought before… if anything I’d have to say my high school principal, Greg Herbst, he was pretty inspirational. His talks and speeches really made sense.

Where would you go to have a good time around the area?
I like to go down to the river-walk and take walks there on nice days.

If Hollywood made a movie about you, what would the title of the movie be called?
The Stressful Life of Jeff Schmitt.

What’s the biggest purchase you’ve ever made?
I just bought a car here, actually – an ’06 Chevy Impala.

How has that been treating you?
It’s been going great. I traded in a ’96 Ford Mustang for the Impala which my girlfriend gives me a hard time about. She liked the Mustang but it was really bad with gas so I had to get something with better gas-mileage.

What do you do in your spare time?
I listen to music mostly, I used to be in choir. I also like to play video games , my dad and I play some multi-player games sometimes.

No longer in choir?
Well I think about doing it more often. I was actually the first one in East Dubuque to make All-State for singing in my senior year.

Who’s your favorite vocal artist and genre?
It’s a toss up between Michael Buble and Josh Groban. I mostly like classical.

What is the most important invention or innovation that happened during your lifetime?”
I think the Catscan was invented sometime during my lifetime.

How would you spend your ideal day?
I would wake up in the morning, get ready for the day and grab a nice healthy breakfast. I would do a little exercising and hang out with my girlfriend the rest of the day.

What is your favorite cartoon?
I like Family Guy.


What do you hope to accomplish in your near future?
Just to live a happy and healthy life and keep my blood-pressure down. I joined The Gym in Dubuque to help out with the fitness in my life.

You ever scuba dive?

Have you ever danced in the rain?
Uh… No…?  What?

What’s your highest score on guitar hero?
I think my girlfriend beats me at that one. I think eventually she won’t even have to look at the T.V. and get a perfect score.

That’ll be all the questions I’ve got for you Jeff unless you wanted to add anything. Thanks for taking the time to let everyone get to know you better!
No problem.