• Jul 18, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Corvette ZR1.

Motive was invited out to the Milford Proving Grounds yesterday to sample GM's latest and greatest Corvette, the ZR1. Thankfully, the online pub was smart enough to mount a camera inside the 638 hp uber-Vette and captured video of Jim Mero, chief engineer and the man that lapped the ZR1 around the Nurburgring in 7:26.4, caning the coupe though the General's test track.

Hit the jump to check it out.

Thanks for the tip Mark.





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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, with performance like this it's a shame the Vette has such uninspired styling (in any trim). I'd love to rally behind "America's Supercar", but honestly these cars blend into traffic better than Ford's Taurus ever did. Snooze.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I respectfully disagree, the ZR1 has a lot of presence in person, and same with the regular Corvettes. I guess in more subdued colors (black, silver, gray, etc.) they might blend in.
        Styling-wise, the Corvette is evolutionary, much like the 911, rather than revolutionary. That partly explains why they aren't going to create a radical design. IMO, the car looks aggressive enough.

        Regardless, the car, albeit quite loud in the vid, sounds AMAZING.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Styling is always a matter of opinion. True, the Vette has evolutionary styling, as does the 911. The 911 has always looked pretty much the same (good), at least at first glance. All modern Vettes draw too much from the 1968 model, which is the point in this car's history when the design becomes invisible to me. 1967 is the last year they get my attention-- after that, blah. No denying the Vette's performance, I just wish it were nicer to look at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL. Great car, but that was funny when he took out those cones.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like when he runs over the cones "woops"

      that car sounds mean, i love it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good GOD! That's awesome!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ha, I love watching that cable floating in front of the camera when taking left turns. Serious cornering.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two hands on the steering wheel, Mr. Mero.

      And why didn't GM put this much effort into plugging the Z06? It's very fast too and yet we never saw videos of people flogging it around the GMPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ha, I kept saying that while I was watching it. If your not going to shift get your hand back on the damn wheel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        because they sold all the ZO-6 they could produce. up till a few months ago and gas prices the stock of ZO-6s was slim at the dealers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no, no, he is just trying to show how effortless this monster is to drive ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      as a corvette owner for years,my 2008 is #11 these car do not blend into the traffic. even little kids give you the thumbs up when you go by. i remember take my grandson to kindergarten in the corvette and all his little friends would tell him "cool car" :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Owner for X years" pretty much says it all-- obviously owners will defend their cars, and Chevy guys will defend the Vette to the death. My young kids like anything they see at the car shows painted red or yellow, be it a Vette or a Gremlin, so I'm not sure that population is the best critical judge.

        Mustangs, Vettes, Camaros, 911s, etc. are models that people get passionate about for various reasons. If you're a loyalist, you're going to like your car. I have my favorites too that I'm sure are not on everyone's list. It's a subjective thing, and that's what's fun about it. If opinion could be narrowed down to a science, it'd be pretty boring on the dealer lots. But for me, the Vette is a bodybuilder in a cheap suit. I like to drive the heck out of my cars, but I like to sit back and admire them too.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Wow, the first couple of times wasn't enough for you?? Congrats, you've said your point on a SUBJECTIVE topic. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

          Fantastic that you disagree with all the people that say the Corvette is stunning. Move on.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      opps, that old cone rule doesn't apply to me.
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