• Feb 19, 2009

Click above for a gallery of the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

Although General Motors is shutting down it's HPVO unit, the automaker has decided a special edition is in order to celebrate the the entry of the Corvette C6.R into the GT1 class of ALMS this year. Based off of your choice between the Corvette Coupe 4LT, Convertible 4LT or Z06, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition comes swathed in the same yellow hue that adorns the C6.R or "41U" black, along with a "Jake" graphic that spans the Championship edition's hood. Chrome wheels and a body-colored spoiler pulled from the ZR1 join a "carbon pattern" engine cover, while inside a leather-wrapped ebony interior gets "GT1" embroidered on the seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Those who opt for non-Z06 models also get the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance exhaust, and only 100 units of each model (600 total) will be available this spring, each carrying a $7,840 premium over standard models. Hit the jump for the release.


[Source: GM via Jalopnik]

PRESS RELEASE

2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions (RPO GT1)

Chevrolet and Corvette Racing introduce a new limited edition

The GT1 Championship Editions Celebrates Corvette C6.R Racing Success
  • American Le Mans Series GT1 Manufacturers Champions for 8 years
  • 5 time 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 Champions
  • Over 70 victories in ALMS racing
  • 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans race will close out this successful era
Included in the package:
  • C6.R livery inspired graphics feature Corvette Racing 'Jake', Championships, and driver flags
  • ZR1 style body color full width spoiler and chrome wheels
  • Custom Leather Wrapped Ebony Interior with exclusive Yellow accent stitching
  • GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel, and center console armrest
-Special Engine Cover with carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering

-Windshield banner – owner installed

Available in either Coupe 4LT ($65,310), Convertible 4LT ($71,815), and Z06 3LZ ($86,385)

- Available in 45U Velocity Yellow (with black headlamps) or 41U Black
  • Specific VIN sequence 300001 series for 45U Velocity Yellow representing the #3 C6.R
  • Specific VIN sequence 400001 series for 41U Black representing the #4 C6.R
  • Limited production to 100 per each color and body style combination and 600 total in Spring '09
  • Coupe and Convertible versions also include: Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust
* Optional MX0 6-speed Paddle Shift Automatic on Coupe and Convertible
* Optional C2L dual roof package on Coupe
* Optional U3U Navigation System on all


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Did someone just blow in from stupid town?

      Corvette is leaving GT1 and entering GT2.


      This car = awesome though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This must be the Pittsburgh Steelers Special Edition, in honor of their Super Bowl XLIII win.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I must have missed the the Corvette skull graphic on Steeler helmets... & the only time Pittsburgh sports this much yellow is when they wear those hideous throw-back uniforms...

        ...I would only call this the Steelers/ Super Bowl Corvette if it was predominantly BLACK with yellow trim. Perhaps this is the MLB Pirates Edition??
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks nice, and very distinctive. Love the windows decals and lights, the normal body-coloured lights are kinda ugly in comparison.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As the owner of a 08 Z06 - packages like these kinda piss me off. It's starting to get like ford and their "ultra super awesome" special edition that comes out ever 30 days.

      You could get the same stuff done for 80% less money if you just had the work custom done, it would look the same and save you a huge wad of cash for some actual performance parts.

      Even with corvette prices being INCREDIBLY low - if I were a buyer this wouldn't interest me at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeff... Corvette has NOTHING on the Viper "special editions". Chrysler's $$$ issues & Vipers anemic sales stalled this madness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        8K extra for a limited edition car, with bodywork that is near impossible to order aftermarket + a chance to avoid the body color headlights.

        As long as the dealers don't get greedy...

        GM is making $$$ on these limited C6's... & in this season of red ink & bankruptcy talk! More cash Chevy generates on these, the less they go to Uncle Sam for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its still built cheap with cheap materials...



      The power train is nice tho.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One of the major purposes of the Z06 is lightweight. The Z06 does what it does because it doenst have an extra 400lbs of wood, leather, sound insulating, luxury stuff installed.

        If you want power and luxury go buy an M6 - all the power of the vette, an amazing interior, and an extra 800lbs of stuff to haul around on the track.

        I bought my 08 Z06 because it was a purpose built car - not for giggles and laughs but because it's light and mean on the track with insane power from the factory.

        We would all love a 500+ horsepower car that's cheap, refined, powerful, light, and amazing in every category. Price is the limiting factor though, not all of us can afford a Lambo you know. I'm more than happy with my Z06.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya... how about a Z06 Less Crappy Interior Edition?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the thought, but hate that it looks more like the Hertz rentals then a GT1-inspired derivative
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