2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

It's hard for me to discuss the ZR1 without using profanity. The mega-Vette's 638 hp is simply absolutely f*&#@$% manic! The 335 section-width rear Michelins have barely a prayer of keeping traction if you disable any of the electronic assistants and boot the throttle in a lower gear. Even at highway speeds, you've got to be ready to catch the tail. It's a good thing that these carbon-ceramic Brembos are up to the task.

This is by far the best gearbox I've encountered in a Corvette. Positive throws, easy engagement, nice feel - much better than earlier C6 cars. Elsewhere in the cabin, however, I'm not as impressed. The seats aren't very supportive, in my opinion, and the overall interior quality is definitely not that of a $105K car. A few ZR1-specific touches improve the interior, but enough of the standard Corvette materials remain to leave me with a slightly sour - THIRD GEAR. What was I complaining about again? Never mind.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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