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!

Marty Frank: Cubs Fan… Runde Man

Marty Frank Dubuque

Marty Frank

Marty Frank is one of the truly dedicated workers who spends his days prepping and cleaning all of the new vehicles that drive off the Runde Chevrolet lot here in East Dubuque. We interrupted Marty’s work for a few minutes to have him answer a couple of our questions.

RAC: What do you do here at Runde’s?


Lenny Runde Chevrolet


MF: I work in the wash rack cleaning up all of the new cars and keeping Lenny out of trouble

How long have you worked here?

3 Years and still going

What is your favorite part about working here?

Any time they bring in pizza for us or put together potluck dinners and that kind of stuff, the food is just so good.

Are you originally from the area?

Yeah, but I moved here from Santa Cruz, CA when I was 3

Warm California to the cold, frigid, icy Tri-States? What made your family move up here?

Well my father passed away and my grandparents live up here, so my mom and I moved up here to be with them.

Do you have a family of your own?

Yeah, I am married and have a son.

What is his name? Ethan and he is 9 years old.

Do you have any hobbies or favorite past times?

Well I play the drums in my free time and I really enjoy playing disc golf.

Disc golf?

Yeah, I even have my own basket cemented in the middle of my back yard.

Where do you like to play disc golf?

Dubuque actually has a course over near Wahlert in Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Oh yeah, I know where that is.  I’ve actually played on it a couple times — the course is very nicely sculpted into the landscape.  Where is your favorite place to eat here in the Tri-states?

I like taking my wife to Kalmes’s Restaurant, down on Central.

What is good to eat there?

They have good fried chicken and delicious burgers, that kind of stuff.

Brewers or Cubs?
Oreos or Chips Ahoy?
Chips Ahoy

Picard or Kirk?

Definitely Picard — The Next Generation

Snap-on or Matco Tools?

Oh that’s a tough one… I am going to have to say Matco.

Is the glass half empty, or half full?

It depends on what’s in the glass and how thirsty I am.

What was your first car?

My first car was a black 1988 Toyota Camry.

If you could be any car, what would it be?

I would have to say a Corvette Z06, not the ZR1 or anything fancy like that.

So what color would you be?

Red, definitely red.

If we were to press the eject button on your CD player, what would we find?

I think it is Pink Floyd- Echoes

Marty Frank

Where would you go if you won the lottery?

Montana or Russia

Why those places?

Well my brother lives in Montana and they have lots of good disc golf courses out there, and I have always wanted to go to Russia.

Final question, what is you most memorable experience in a car or truck?

Marty had one of his most memorable experiences in this Mustang. Why not have some great experiences in it yourself by taking it home?

Well they let me drive that light blue Rousch Mustang that they have sitting over at the PreDriven Store.  Sweetest car ever. Definitely top experience, in fact it probably is my most memorable moment here at Runde’s.

We’d like to thank Marty to take some time out of his schedule to give us the quick inside glimpse of his life in a nutshell.  We asked Marty to name all of the models that Chevy makes in under 30 seconds, but that was too easy for him and he got all of the current models so we gave him a minute to name all of the brands of sodapop that he could — it’s actually pretty tough once you’re put on the spot.   We’d like to thank Marty for the interview and for being a good sport considering it was 4 degrees Fahrenheit outside: