Ready to waste the rest of your day? Great! We thought so. After all, that’s what happened to us after we realized that the new 2019 Corvette configurator was online. And while it includes all ’19 model year Corvettes, you know you have to go straight for the ZR1 to find out what one really costs, right? See, we’re not so different.
Chevrolet told us at North American reveal of the ZR1 in LA that the coupe would have a starting price of $119,995 and the convertible would naturally start a little higher at $123,995, but everyone knows that these are not really the take-home prices of Chevrolet’s brand new flagship. So, what does it take to actually park one of these in your garage? Well, that largely depends on what amenities you are willing to forgo, but we will say this: while you can spec your ‘Vette just about any way you’d like, the car already comes with a lot of equipment standard, meaning you have to spend less on fancy options.
But what does that translate to in the real world? Well, the first step in the configurator is to select trim levels. You have the option of the 1ZR or the 3ZR (not sure where 2ZR disappeared to) and while the fine print shows that both options start out at 119, 995, the Net Price calculator in the upper right-hand corner begs to differ. Up gunning your ZR1 to the 3ZR package, which includes the leather-wrapped, color-matched interior, heated and cooled seats, and seat emblems with embossment, amongst other things, will set you back a cool $10,000.
While that seems like a lot, it also comes with curb cameras so you don’t damage your new wheels, Universal Home Remote, and the much-coveted Performance Data Recorder standard (though the PDR is an option on the 1ZR package). The biggest differentiator for us though is you have to designate the 3ZR package to get the car in Sebring Orange. It also enables you to select the carbon fiber roof panel or blacked out option, whichever you prefer, neither of which are available on the 1ZR.
But we digress, the difference on trim packages are mostly interior and accouterments, the real upgrades are definitely in the running gear and largely don’t depend much on what trim package you select. The 8-speed automatic transmission is a $1,725 option with the 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching coming standard. Surprisingly, navigation is not standard but does come along with the Performance Data Recorder, a $1,795 splurge, though we can’t imagine anyone buying a ZR1 without it.
All said and done, you could walk away with a ZR1, with the 1ZR trim, a 7-speed manual, non-painted brake calipers, and no PDR for $119,995 right on the money, and that includes the $1,095 destination freight charge and whopping $2,100 gas guzzler tax. Not bad considering this thing will run laps around most supercars. But if we’re being realistic about what most option people would likely choose: the 3ZR trim, the Sebring Orange tintcoat, the ZTK Track Performance Package (giving it the more aggressive aero package), the 8-speed auto, Corvette Museum Delivery (because you have to), Competition Sport bucket seats, and ignoring the Corvette-specific luggage, a well-equipped ZR1 would set you back $137,015. Still, one hell of a deal, just slightly less so.
If it were ours, we’d have to add the $5,000 Engine Build package that allows you to literally bolt together your own LT5. But even with that included, the ZR1 is the absolute deal of the century. So try not to look at it as a sunk cost and look at it more as an investment, least of which in your own happiness. The tool will also let you put together a Grand Sport and base model which we’ll be spending the next couple of hours playing with as well. How did you option yours? Let us know in the comments below.