• Jan 19, 2009
Click on the image above to view a high-res gallery of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the baddest in the two-seater's 56 year history. The ZR1's stat sheet includes jaw-dropping numbers like 638 supercharged horsepower, a 7:26 'Ring time, and straight line performance that bests supercars from Germany and Italy. So of course, the wealthiest of oil barons want the ZR1 for their trophy cases, and the Royal Bahraini Family will be first to take delivery. Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer at General Motors Middle East, has said that there be a "limited amount" of ZR1s to arrive in the Middle East. And given the premium that is paid for high-end sports cars in that region, we're guessing GM will deliver as many supercharged Vettes as possible. Lets just hope the new ZR1s don't end up dipped in chrome or adorned with 24k gold accents.


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      I get a little piece of mind knowing you cannot actually chrome fiberglass... now chrome colored paint is a different story...
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      did not see that one coming...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Jay Leno has the first ZR1. Check the review at the garage, he mentions the VIN number and says it's the first one off the assembly line... unless you're talking about the first one in the Middle East. In which case, carry on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was just thinking about this today. Funny thing is this....Dave Ressler won the auction at Barrett Jackson for ZR-1 #00001 which was to be in Blue, and is on his site "http://www.thefirstcorvette.com/aboutus.html" On the other hand Jay Leno is showing a VIN ending in 0001 on the review of HIS ZR-1 which is in gun metal gray........so who has the first ZR-1??????? Heres a post I took from a corvette site that sheds some clairity:

        ...I guess GM knew the 00001 ZR1 would be a hot item so they built several of them

        - 1G1YR26R895800001 is Cyber Gray (Leno)

        - 1G1YR26R495900001 is Lemans Blue (Ressler)

        - The Cyber Gray ZR1 that was spotted being built May 21st was 1G1YR26R 95700001...GM may want to hold on to that one to avoid further confusion.


        If I was Ressler I'd be PISSED paying a 1 million+ for what I THOUGHT was the firet one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure they mean first in the Middle East, but I believe your first post was warranted, since it's not made clear in the title, let alone the body of the article itself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He's talking about the first ZR1 to the Middle East... not the first one period. And Jay Leno doesn't have the first anyway. It was auctioned off at BJ last January.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/20/barrett-jackson-2008-2009-corvette-zr1-1-goes-for-a-cool-milli/
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a waste. It will probably sit in the palace garage and collect dust.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you crazy? Have you not seen the youtube videos of F430s and Carrera GTs drifting around and speeding up and down through traffic?

        They drive their cars ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but the first corvette ZR1 in the middle east has been here ever since they first started getting sold in the states. its been in a showroom in Abu Dhabi with an asking price of $190k so no one bought it cuz of the "who would pay $190k for an american car?" mentality.

      In addition, the Corvette U.A.E Club had a gathering on the 16th of January with around 55 corvettes including the first ZR1 in the UAE with license plates and driving around.
      http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2099/57/43/514747416/n514747416_1256789_8046.jpg
      Here it is. A full photo album can be found in the facebook group "Corvette U.A.E Club"
      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2432546403
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wanted to buy one and refuse to pay over sticker. The ZR1 have all dropped in value, so buying one all but guarantees you will lose 100k on this in 10 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, nothing like having someone who can't afford the cost over sticker alone tell me how it should be driven. Hilarious :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Phatty, i am too old to spell my name Phaty instead of Fatty, so I have had plenty of tail, holler when your out of high school and we can compare. The Segway might not, but the cars sure do attract them. Letstakeawalk, you spent half your night refreshing this thread, so whatever. Im not speculating on your finanaces, I am right. I have NO problem with the price, I have a problem with a 40k markup on a car that will lose 120k of its sticker back to 40k if history is any indication.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Segway comment aside, he has a point. GM dealers pull this crap on vettes ever since the 01 C5 Z06 came out, (given probably for much longer than that but I wasn't out of college yet and thus didn't pay much attention). It hurts resale because they eventually begin to discount them and it hurts 'enthusiasts' because those of us that don't have our own jet can't justify the cost. MajorSegwayGeek could perhaps phrase it better but folks who can't afford it don't really understand the frustration of having the money to buy it but not the money (or the desire) to throw it away on the markup and eventual loss on resale. Any new car is going to lose value and I've taken that hit to the wallet many times. But I need some reasonable resale value in case it doesn't become the car I must keep forever which it mostly likely won't. Which is why I can't accept paying over MSRP for any new car. My local Porsche dealer doesn't do this, nor does a good amount of other local dealers but this seems to be common across GM dealers especially when new vettes come out. I'm sure they are not alone.

        More on topic, I hope they enjoy one of America's finest exports.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You've got it, GeoSB8K

        "MajorSegwayGeek could perhaps phrase it better but folks who can't afford it don't really understand the frustration of having the money to buy it but not the money (or the desire) to throw it away on the markup and eventual loss on resale."

        This is exactly what irked me about MajorGeek's initial post. And prompted my comment:

        "With a few exceptions, cars should never be seen as "investments"."

        I don't need to brag about what I have, and nobody needs to assume why. I also don't complain about what I choose not to buy. Why is MajorGeek so frustrated that he can't lose some money on a toy? That's what a ZR1 is - nobody NEEDS one, they're just for fun.

        MajorGeek says he can afford it, but all I heard was whinging about how much the dealer wants (darn capitalist pig!) and how much money he'll lose when he sells it to some punter when (or if) it goes out of fashion.

        (oh, and I apologize for the double post in the midst of this hubbub. SNAFU)
        • 6 Years Ago
        What a class act you are, MajorGeek. First you insult me, then you brag about yourself. As if I care.

        I'm glad that you've left one more ZR1 out there on the market. I'm sure it will be bought by somebody who'll enjoy driving it, instead of merely using it to flaunt some lacking part of their personality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you think being told you've got sour grapes is an insult, then it's best for all that you work at home and ride around on a Segway...

        My point is that most people don't give a flying fig (oh, sorry, I'll watch my language) about depreciation when they buy a car. Depreciation on new cars is all part of the game.

        You sir, were making whinging comments, not on the basis of any fault or merit of the car, but on your unwillingness to spend the requisite money to aquire one.

        Good day, sir.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JF your right, there is no guarantee, however every ZR1 for sale on places like Ebay are around 10-30k when some people paid up to 100k for them. Check any Vette enthusiast website and you will find that for some reason, they don't hold much value to Vette enthusiasts. Theres a chance this one will be different, but history says no. I would really like one, and maybe a fair price will come along, time will tell.

        To the rest, Segway comments are easy to make, however if you ever rode one, you would LOVE it, just about anyone who has will tell you that. Don't knock it till you try it :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Wanted to buy one and refuse to pay over sticker. The ZR1 have all dropped in value, so buying one all but guarantees you will lose 100k on this in 10 years."


        MajorGeek,

        What mathematical law says what a ZR-1 will lose in its theoretical value after a set number of years? Nobody really knows. It's all up to whatever somebody who wants this car will be willing to pay.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With a few exceptions, cars should never be seen as "investments".

        Buy the car because you like it and want to drive it. Don't complain because it isn't making you money while sitting in your garage, or even worse, you weren't willing to pay what other enthusiasts were willing to pay for their new toy.

        Sounds like you've got sour grapes, MajorGeek!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It sooooooo easy to rile people up here, this last couple of hours has been a riot. Got things to do, thanks for the laughs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like you cant afford a nice car with all your "lessons", if you could your take would be different. I don't want it to make money, I am apprehensive to blow off 100k in 5 years and with the ZR1, thats almost a guarantee. I own 5 cars, next one will be my 6th and 2 motorcycles, jet skis and Segway. See, when you have that many vehicles, you dont put a lot of miles on any of them because your busy trying to decide which to drive and when. Also, in NY we can't drive our nice cars from Decmber to March or April. Theres your lesson for the day from me. Try owning a few cars sometime, then preach to me.

        I did pay of 20k over for my Challenger, I drive it, and I love it. No sour grapes, except that plenty of dealers are sitting on these cars at silly prices. Ill wait for a used on or pick up a used Gallardo for less. Maybe I will wait a few years and see what else comes out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I work at home on computers silly, I run a fairly large website. I drive my cars, work, relax, work, go to lunch, work, go to dinner, work. Try it sometime, life is good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Major geek is some geek with a major problem. just look at his previous comments
        he rides his keyboard all day..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
        • 6 Years Ago
        Put down the crack pipe, you insulted me, I explained that I have plenty of cars I drive, its simply a shame that this one will lose its value so quickly. If I was bragging, I would tell you what cars I own and more, I gave you some basic info to explain my passion for cars and why I will probably skip the ZR1. Thanks for the laugh though :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ive been married for 14 years, quite happily, so you can continue to try and insult me Phatty, its all good because my chasing days ended 14 years ago, I got lucky. But, Segway and viagra insults? Really, thats it? You could probably irratate me, but not using generic, overused insults. Next thing I expect is your "mamma jokes". :)

        As for ZR1 prices, that website is inaccurate. I fails to take into account over sticker and what they are currently selling for. Go to Ebay and you will see those prices are not accurate. Check Auto-Trader. Most important is what actually sells, not what people are asking. Your right, letstakeawalk, my original post was not well written. Obviously with the cars I own, I have lost some money. If you look at Lambo Gallardos, they sticker for 285k and you can buy one with a few miles on it (08) for 170k or so. They have sold for as little as 90k with 20k miles on them. The whole auto industry is confusing so odds are this ZR1 will go the way of the rest. As for losing it, go look for a yellow ZR1 on ebay and see who is bidding :) Its a matter of finding a sweet spot, perfect car vs perfect price, at least in the buyers mind, which counts here. Perhaps that is what I should have first said. Its not strictly what I say, but thats how I feel and if I buy one, it will be on my own terms.

        Anyhow, been fun going back and forth for a full day, we might have a record long thread here. No hard feelings here, hope you both feel the same. Until next time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MajorGeek,

        Maybe you should sell some of those cars and take out a girl or two. Maybe that would take the thorn out of your @$$. And i'm sure that segway scores you major tail.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL, I just looked up few's comments, 80-90% are you calling someone names. Whos got the problem? Exactly. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        What a class act. First you insult me. Then you brag a little about yourself.

        I have so much more respect for you now. I'm glad you've left one more ZR1 out there on the market for someone who actually wants it to drive, and not to flaunt.
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Corvette ZR1 shows that GM can make world class cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am sure that i saw one in Dubai vette club gathering few weeks ago. also was in Blue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to see the shot where it gets driven onto the family yacht and sets sail for Monte Carlo...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah the headline confused me. I saw one this morning in Savannah Ga (sunset orange), don't know if it's local, but it sounds incredible and looks mean as hell, I'm jealous of who ever owns this vehicle. The Vette has always been my favorite and this beast just tops them all.
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