2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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Corvette ZR1 rage is spreading with viral intensity. Montana collector Dave Ressler bid a million bucks at a charity auction to own the first production ZR1. A Chevrolet dealer in Texas allegedly charged $400,000 apiece for two such Corvettes. After British journalists blitzed the Bonneville Salt Flats in one ZR1, German writers raced another press car around a 7.8-mile circular track near Nardo, Italy.
My neighbor Barry Grussner never dreamed his luck and liquidity would add up to owning a ZR1. But last summer, his Metra Tool business in Wayne, Michigan, prospered beyond expectation. Then the schmoozing that he had invested in Kevin Will, a Corvette salesman at Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan, paid off. Will called to say that the ZR1 Grussner had ordered - only the second production car to leave the assembly line - was ready to be picked up.
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Our negotiations began in earnest shortly after Grussner's BEAST license plate was transferred from his previous Z06 to his jet-stream blue ZR1. In exchange for mere moments of Beast seat time, we offered Grussner the chance to drive at velocities usually reserved for car testers. He became putty in our hands.
The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport we selected for Grussner's grand adventure is located near the index finger of lower Michigan's geographical mitten. After the cold war ended and the Strategic Air Command's nuclear-armed B-52s vacated the premises, this facility began hosting airfreight operations.
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The sound of a ZR1 charging down an 11,800-foot runway is an intoxicating mix of supercharger whine, exhaust wail, and hurricane-like wind whoosh. At about 100 mph, the shrill whistle begins. Michelin radials biting into cross-grooved asphalt sing like a Stuka dive-bomber on final approach. But no ruckus registers inside the cockpit when the throttle is mashed and the tach needle crowds 6000 rpm in sixth gear. The only things that matter are the four red digits silently counting up from 190.0 mph.
All the king's horsepower couldn't hump Grussner's ZR1 over 200 mph in the space at our disposal. Using two miles for acceleration and a quarter of a mile for braking, we coaxed our Vbox digital speedometer to 195 mph, but no higher. Extrapolating the ZR1's acceleration curve reveals that it needs at least 2.5 miles of level road to reach 200 mph from a standing start and 3.3 miles to reach its 205-mph terminal speed.
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Grussner registered minor pangs of disappointment, until we urged him to nail the center pedal at speed. "The blood rushing to my head after engaging the brakes at 160 mph made me dizzy," he revealed, just before he turned around to give his Brembo carbon-ceramic brake system a second spanking.
Boiling down our data revealed that the ZR1 is the true Corvette acceleration king based on its ability to sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds during an 11.9-second blast through the quarter-mile traps at 126 mph. Tighter third-through-sixth gear-ratio spacing and the 3800-rpm torque peak (versus 4800 rpm in a Z06) also make the ZR1 more enjoyable to stitch through traffic without incessantly flogging the shifter.
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In both braking and cornering performance, the ZR1 can't touch the Z06, most likely because the more expensive Corvette carries two-thirds of its 273-pound weight gain on its front wheels. Nevertheless, the ZR1 earns style points for its more benign behavior at the limit and its more compliant highway ride.
Blemishes we noticed during our 500-mile round trip in the ZR1 include a loud, unfiltered roar from the rear tires over textured pavement and an annoying amount of exhaust heat wafting off the floor. Third and fifth gears sometimes go hiding when the driver attempts expeditious upshifts. And, amazingly, there's no iPod or MP3 connectivity when you opt for a navigation system in this $100,000-plus Corvette.
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Those are venial sins. The Corvette ZR1 surely will be one of the last great blessings we receive from Chevy before our Volt penance comes due, so we plan on enjoying it wherever and whenever we can. Next on our agenda is finding five or so miles of open road and inviting Grussner along to explore the remaining 10 mph in the ZR1's portfolio.
Performance Results
0-60 MPH3.7 sec
0-100 mph8.0
0-150 mph17.6
0-190 mph38.9
1/4-MILE11.9 sec @ 126 mph
70-0 MPH braking157 ft
Speed In Gears1) 64 mph
 2) 91
 3) 121
 4) 146
 5) 180
 6) 205
Cornering (L/R)1.04/1.04 g
Weight3420 lb
weight dist. f/r52.0/48.0 %
See our top-speed blast down a rural Michigan runway with the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
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Corvette engineers, who orchestrated the ZR1 to entertain a driver, a passenger, and neighboring counties with the big-block, side-pipe sounds of the 1960s, describe the usual reaction to any indulgence of this car's throttle as "shock and awe."
Yes, that's exactly what we experienced flat-footing an early-production ZR1 around General Motors' Milford Road Course and on public roads surrounding the company's proving ground. The car is noisy-fast and armed with enough decibels and speed to startle and spank the target Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches, as intended. But the real shocker is that a throttled-back ZR1 is well-mannered, highly endearing, comfortable, and composed. This benign beast ventures-at whatever velocity you'd prefer-where no Chevrolet Corvette has gone before.
Like each Corvette leap forward, the new ZR1 is powered by a breakthrough engine. The noise generator living beneath the picture-frame hood pumps out a hearty 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque thanks, in part, to the Eaton supercharger that spins up to 15,000 rpm, singing just the right amount of blower whine as it works. This 6.2-liter small-block pulls like a Peterbilt at low rpm, provides sufficient oomph to visit the dark side of the 200-mph barrier (205 mph, actually), and is smart enough to give the blower a break while cruising to save fuel. Throttling back to 60 mph in sixth gear, we registered 30 mpg on the dash's instantaneous-mileage display. Loafing along in conservation mode, the new mighty mouse makes no more ruckus than the standard Corvette's 430-hp V-8.
So what took GM so long to bless its immortal small-block with a blower? The answer: operating efficiency. Recent advancements in supercharger-rotor design have diminished parasitic losses to the point that the Corvette ZR1 is the first sports car able to pair more than 600 hp with 20 mpg in EPA highway mileage tests.
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Thanks to the look-at-me hood, the new LS9 V-8 is a prime candidate for becoming the next American idol. But hold your applause until we introduce the support heroes of the ZR1 project: a well-behaved cast of chassis items (steering, brakes, tires, and dampers) along with the brain trust (headed by Tom Wallace and Tadge Juechter) who shaped the ZR1's dynamic character.
Their strategy was to tune the ZR1 to complement, rather than confront, the Z06. The $72,125 (2008 price), 505-hp, high-strung Z06 will continue its boy-racer role. The ZR1's mission is to demonstrate that an astonishingly fast Corvette can also be fastidious in every move it makes. Moving from a standstill, the ZR1 will reach 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and whiz past the quarter-mile mark in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph, according to Chevrolet.
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The ZR1 is a track master without resorting to the steely suspension settings or the nervous limit behavior tuned into the Z06. Steering effort builds in direct proportion to cornering forces, with a decent amount of feel as part of the deal. Huge Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors take the fear out of late-braking into every bend. New aero aids keep axle loads balanced at high speeds.
Trail-brake the ZR1 too quickly into a tight corner, and it will slide its front Michelins, but a momentary relaxation of the center pedal neatly recaptures the desired line. Likewise, drifting the tail wide in a fast bend is certainly possible, especially with the throttle locked down and the stability system minimized, but the ZR1's suspension metabolism is so friendly and forgiving that delicate steering and throttle adjustments keep the rotation within the fruitful range.
Over the distressed Michigan roads near GM's proving ground, the ZR1 took bumps and grooves in stride, capably filtering the worst of the road rash while strictly controlling bob, pitch, and lean.
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So how was this astute blend of speed and savoir faire achieved? By showering the C6 Corvette's aluminum-frame architecture with fresh technology and by sweating blood over the ZR1's behavioral traits.
New carbon-composite brakes and body panels trimmed 22 pounds, partially compensating for the 182 pounds added in pursuit of more power and superior ride and handling. Substituting 0.4-inch wider Michelin tires for the Z06's Goodyears and mounting them to wheels that are an inch larger in diameter notched up the ZR1's grip. Upgrading both the magnetically adjustable dampers and the antiroll-bar diameters provided additional wheel and body control to compensate for the softer spring rates selected to calm ride motions. The driveline has been fortified with a new dual-plate clutch, closer gear ratios, and a sixth gear that syncs the engine's redline to the car's top speed for the first time.
So what got screwed up? The only notable warts we found were the carryover bucket seats that provide virtually no thigh support. The brain trust has been notified.
With a base price of $105,000, which includes a $1700 fuel-guzzling tax and a trip to driving school, the ZR1 is the new screaming deal. Only 1800 will be built this year for global consumption. If you hesitated to place a deposit, commence your self-flagellation now.
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2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Base Price: $105,000
Engine: Supercharged and intercooled OHV 16-Valve V-8
Displacement: 6.2 liters (376 cu in)
Horsepower: 638 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 604 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, Front: Control arms, semielliptic spring
Suspension, Rear: Control arms, semielliptic spring
Brakes: Vented discs, ABS
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 2
Tire Size F, R: 285/30yr-19, 335/25yr-20
L X W X H: 176.2 X 75.9 X 49.0 in
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Track F/R: 63.5/62.5 in
Weight: 3324 lb (per manufacturer)
2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil Restored Front Three  Quarter
This 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 that fell into the National Corvette Museum sinkhole, has been restored. The "Blue Devil" is now back to showroom condition, and before heading back to the Corvette museum in Kentucky, the sports car paid a visit to SEMA to show off its restored curves.
The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is a monster in and of itself. German importing and tuning firm Geiger, however, felt 638 hp wasn’t enough and decided to try its hand at tuning the ZR1. The result is the Geiger GTS with 710 hp and 677 lb-ft of torque.
Although the Corvette Racing team hasn’t been unsuccessful with its new GT2-class Corvette C6.Rs, the team scored its first victory with the revised cars this past weekend.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept seen at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show and as the Autobot Sideswipe in "Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen" shows some styling cues that may appear on the next generation Corvette.
After dominating the GT1 class for the past few years, Corvette Racing has switched to the GT2 class in search of more competition. General Motors unveiled the revised Corvette C6.R GT2 car this morning, which sports several changes from previous C6.R models.

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

Quick Glance:
6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
430 hp @ 5900rpm
424 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
IIHS Front Small Overlap
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
No Test Planned
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash

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