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This morning General Motors released all the official numbers for the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 including its price ($103,000), 0-60 mph time (3.4 sec), quarter-mile (11.3 sec at 131 mph) and top speed (205 mph). It's the fastest, most powerful and most expensive vehicle GM has ever built. So how does it get built? Why, at the Corvette's Bowling Green production facility in Kentucky. Put together by the same people who lovingly assemble your garden variety Vettes, the ZR1 is nevertheless a very difficult vehicle than the bang-for-the-buck coupe on which it's based. Watch the video after the jump to see a ZR1 go from a frame to full-fledged supercar in about four and a half minutes of time lapsed video interspersed with interviews of the plant workers who have the privilege of assembling this King of Corvettes.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Its kind of flush..." Not quite Toyota build quality!
      • 6 Years Ago
      no quality issues here

      "i like to run my hand over the seems, if it looks pretty good, its on its way."

      give this guy a level or something!!! geez
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought that was funny as well. Why would they put that into the video?
        • 6 Years Ago
        no doubt... "it's kinda flush..." great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He's not the official check because he can't really make too many adjustments at his station. Fit and finish is thoroughly checked at the end of the line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, GM, where are those 'ring times that's suppose to trounce the GT-R's? It's been months hasn't it? Were you hoping that we'd all forget?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exqueeze me? Fanboy?

        Did I ever say "I
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you don't like it, don't read it. Simple enough even for you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its a relavent question considering it starts out above with 'all the official numbers' for this car. What followed, unfortunately did not include that one number some of us are waiting for with great anticipation.

        But then again, 'Ring times are not official, so we can't hold GM to it here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fanboy?

        Did I ever say "I love GT-R" in my initial comment? Whatever you read is your own interpretation.

        GM dished some talk, and they have yet to back it up. Since their declaration of sorts, they have yet to produce any results. If you were an impartial potential buyer for either car, would you not want to know the results since the gauntlets been thrown?

        Considering the reaction... perhaps it is you who is the fanboy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      03:22... THE BRAKES ARE HUGE! IM drooling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That should be 'different vehicle' not 'difficult vehicle'
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are assuming that his test was the final test on the trunk. This is a 4 minute video showing different snippets of how the car was made. I'm going to assume the opposite, that his test was an early one, and it was more thoroughly checked after that. Notice that the car at that point is nowhere near finished. Let up a little, fellas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. Less talky, more assembly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to assemble Corvettes now....
        • 6 Years Ago
        interesting how they assemble the cars on the go... i wonder why conveyer line doesn't stop to let them do their job easier
      • 6 Years Ago
      The chrome on the grey at the end is PERFECT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM sells every Corvette it makes so for now they don't care. That said, younger buyers with the coin to buy this type of car don't want to see someone in street clothes gap check with a glove and say, "good enough." That seems to only be OK with some baby boomers who grew up loving this car or folks who could never afford a car in this price range.
      Tom Wallace and others at GM know that they need to engage younger buyers if the Corvette is going to continue to sell well. That can only be done with improving quality, and improving the dealer experience.
      I love Corvettes and I had a C5 Z06 but at these prices they are competing with Porsche and others that deliver on every point of buying a car at this price range. To be relevant at this price point they need more than a supercharger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, the younger buyers knows then how gaps car checked on a car?

        You really can tell the gap very well with your finger, and a gloved finger, unlike a micrometer, doesn't scratch paint.

        GM never should have released this video because it allowed myriad knuckleheads in the internet to try to explain how they're much more expert in final assembly of a car than automakers are.

        And one more thing.

        A ZR1 isn't a supercar or a full-fledged supercar. It's just not. Its not exotic looking, not generally unobtainable to the public. And as great a car as it is, it won't turn heads, because it looks like a $50K model to most people.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But I know what you are talking about. You don't mean the rich Google or Apple kids. You mean the really rich and overpaid kids that do wear the monkey suits to impress. They might as well look good as they are losing the financial capital of the world status to London.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nah guys the best part is that the 'pumps, wiring harness, trim, and bucket [make it] a totally different car' :).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still can't get over that GM is able to hock a car at 6 figures with a window to a plastic cover, albeit great performance. Wow, give yourself a pat on the back target demographics. It's a shame, because most of these will driven in the slow lane to bingo tourneys.

      Monumental HP is irrelevant, when you are typecast to a car that grannies, rednecks, or Guidos drive (or not really drive at that).

      E.S. Romero
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Elementary School Romeo...

        Thank goodness you John Hancocked your comment at the end because seeing it at the top of your post wasn't enough for me to visualize who was posting the comment.

        What is up with people who sign the end of their comments? You think you're F'ing Picasso?
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