• Jun 17th 2008 at 10:32AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Corvette ZR1

General Motors and Chevrolet have just released all their official numbers for the 2009 Corvette ZR1 and... hold on to your butts... its base MSRP (including destination charges) will be $103,300. Add to that a $1,700 Gas guzzler tax, $2,000 for chrome wheels and another $10,000 for the only Option package available that adds upgraded seats, side air bags, Bose audio, a nav system, Bluetooth, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and leather-wrapped interior, and you're looking at a grand total of $117,000. We believe that may make the Corvette ZR1 the most expensive product ever offered by GM, but consider what you get. The ZR1 is a 638-hp supercar that can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, run the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph (!) and top out at 205 mph, all while returning 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Unfortunately, Chevy didn't hit its target of having the most fuel-efficient supercar on earth with the ZR1, as they admit that the Dodge Viper (13/22) and Porsche GT3 (15/22) are a bit less thirsty. Of course, they're neither as powerful nor as fast, and the Porsche is more expensive. The ZR1 will likely be marked up by dealers far above its $117k asking price, but kudos to General Motors anyway for having the balls to build it.

[Source: Chevy]


Corvette ZR1 By The Numbers

Chevrolet announces performance results and pricing for the new ultimate-performance Corvette

DETROIT – The official Corvette ZR1 numbers are in and they're good. Very good:
  • $103,300 MSRP (including $850 destination charge)
  • EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14 city and 20 highway
  • 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
  • 0-100 mph in 7.0 seconds
  • Quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.3 seconds at 131 mph
The Corvette ZR1 also has a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), making it the fastest Corvette ever produced and ranking it among the global super cars of commensurate performance. None of those other super cars, however, equals the ZR1's performance-per-dollar ratio.

"The ZR1 is an incredible machine by any measure," said Ed Peper, North American Vice President, Chevrolet. "There's simply no other vehicle in the world that does a better job of balancing performance, price and fuel economy."

Performance perspective
The Corvette ZR1's 0-60 performance is 0.3-second quicker than the already-quick Corvette Z06 and the 0-100-mph performance is nearly a full second quicker - 7 seconds vs. the Z06's 7.9 seconds. It is performance that is equal to or better than many super cars costing substantially more.

"A favorable power-to-weight ratio gives the ZR1 an advantage over the competition and performance that has to be experienced to fully appreciate," said Tom Wallace, Corvette chief engineer. "Of course, on a racetrack, drivers of competitors' cars may appreciate the ZR1 in a whole different manner."

And the racetrack isn't the only place where the ZR1 trumps its super-car competitors – it beats them at the gas pump, too. According to fueleconomy.gov, the ZR1's EPA-rated 14 city and 20 highway mileage ratings beat 2008 competitors such as the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (11 city / 15 highway); the Lamborghini Murcielago (8 city / 13 highway) and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage (12 city / 19 highway). They're competitive with the Dodge Viper (13 city / 22 highway) and the Porsche 911 GT3 (15 city / 22 highway).

Under the carbon-fiber hood
A new LS9 6.2L supercharged small-block engine powers the ZR1's performance capability. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components support high-rpm performance, while a new, sixth-generation supercharger (and complementing charge-cooling system) helps the LS9 make big power and torque across the rpm range. The engine is hand-assembled at GM's Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich.

In addition to the LS9 engine, the ZR1 is a technology powerhouse, designed with lightweight and unique components that reinforce its performance with a confidant feel on either a highway or road course.

The standard ZR1 comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The available uplevel interior package includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); side air bags; Bose premium audio system; navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; power telescoping steering column; custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors and more. Chrome wheels are the only other available option on the ZR1. Detailed pricing noted below.

$103,300 Base MSRP including destination
$1,700 Gas guzzler tax
$10,000 Option package
$2,000 Chrome wheels

About Chevrolet
Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category. Chevy cars and trucks have expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      GM's numbers are always a little conservative. stock Z06s often go 0-60 3.4s. we'll see how fast this thing really is. i have a feeling it will eat a Ferrari or two.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In terms of the most expensive GM product, the Cadillac Allanté (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Allante) was close.

      Starting at $54,000 in 1987 $US, that would be $102,486 in 2008 $US according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (http://woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us/research/data/us/calc/).

      Regardless, no question I'd rather have a 2008 vette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw them mentioning the cars performance on the track, but no mention of its time on the Nurburgring. Anyone have those numbers?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Corvette ZR1 is nowhere near the most expensive product General Motors has ever produced.

      Between 1930 and 2004 GM's Electro-Motive division produced railroad locomotives... virtually all of which were more expensive than the ZR1 even before factoring in inflation.

      So there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everyone is going to crucify me for this but... it's just a Corvette. I know the performance numbers are crazy but it's still the same C6 that we've been seeing on the roads for half a decade. Yes, they did some exterior tweaking, but is the styling really that exciting? GM should have waited for a new design cycle, and launched a C7 ZR-1 that would not only blow people away with its performance but also with its styling.
      The other day, everyone balked at the idea of the 500K Brabus C-class that had ridic horsepower and torque numbers, and topped out at 225 mp/h, yet was still basically a C-class with flat black paint. Isn't this basically the same principle at work, albeit less ridiculous (and with a lower top speed)? If I had 6 figures to burn on a car, you better believe that the looks and the driving experience better be worth it. I'd even sacrifice some top speed, acceleration, or horsepower for a little aesthetic pleasure. I'm looking at you Audi R8... come to me...
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol @ the Dodge Viper being less thirsty than ANYTHING!
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh and a reply to John and Arsenal earlier in the post, most people who can afford to buy this corvette and ferraris, Lambos, porsches wouldnt be on here posting comments, they are too busy living the good life!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I wold buy a 2009 Corvette Z06 for 80 large, and take the extra $30,000 and put it into the engine to make it faster.... seriously, if the Z06 does 0-60 in 3.7 or 3.6 seconds, is it worth it to spend the extra $30,000 to go 3 or 4 tenths quicker? and the Z06 tops out at 198 right? and this ZR1 tops out at 205? Damn, I would just take the ZO6 and call it a day.

      There's just not enough difference in performance to justify the cost. It was a little different back in the late 1980's and when the 1989 corvette put out a whopping 245 horsepower, and did 0-60 in over 6 seconds, and the original 1988 ZR1 with its 405 horsepower did 0-60 in 4 seconds, that's a 2 second difference, not 3 or 4 tenths difference.
      • 7 Years Ago
      EPIC FAIL. seriously. buy a C5 Z06 for 20k and put 90k problem solved. hehe.

      or just imagine how pist the Chevy fanboys will be when GTr owners still have a 40k diff between the prices when fully loaded AHAHH. just Pure pwnage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why buy chromed wheels? FOR GOD'S SAKE WHY?!

      Honestly, anyone who think chrome is "hawt" must be shot. On sight.

      That's the worst thing with US cars nowadays... The "ooooooooo, ahhhhhhhh so shiny!!!" aspect of chrome on every conceivable vehicale imaginable!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Can you tell that school's out for summer?
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      If i had 100k burning a hole in my pocket....this would be the car i would buy,no question. I mean hell its just me...i dont need 4 doors. But if i had a family the CTS-V would be parked in my garage instead.
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