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2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 [w/video]

Successful In Its Mission, But Not As The World's Greatest Sports Car Adhered to the Hamilton Hall dorm wall at Wright State University is a glossy poster of a jet-black sports car. It hangs low over an unmade bed, its corner blemished with a slight tear from an errantly placed thumbtack during orientation week. A young engineering undergraduate, sitting at a desk just a few feet away, is staring directly at the poster. Instead of reviewing for an upcoming exam, his eyes remain fixated on the vehicle's sleek bodywork, ominous quad exhaust pipes and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Supercharged 6.2L V8
Power:
638 HP / 604 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$130,010 as tested
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    Official: National Corvette Museum says last sinkhole car extracted [w/videos]
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    The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Mallett Hammer Z06 has been plucked out of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, but it definitely couldn't drive away like the 2009 ZR1 did when it came out. With the Mallet finally recovered, all eight 'Vettes that went into the hole are finally out after eight weeks of work. As you probably know, a 40-foot wide and ...

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    Video: Watch the sinkhole work get underway at the National Corvette Museum [UPDATE]
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    Recovery and reconstruction efforts at the National Corvette Museum are moving forward on schedule since a sinkhole erupted in the middle of the museum's Skydome about two weeks ago. As of a few days ago, a crane was in place on a reinforced portion of floor to begin lifting the rare copies of America's favorite sports car from the Earth. As expected, it ...

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    Exclusive: Chevrolet says Corvette ZR1 not under consideration
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    Don't expect a halo ZR1 model to follow on the heels of the all-new Corvette Z06, says Chevrolet. The Z06 was in the spotlight yesterday when it was officially announced at the Detroit Auto Show. Constructed primarily of aluminum and composites and fitted with a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 producing "at least" 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of ...

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    Report: Equus Bass 770 is a restomod Mustang with ZR1 power [w/video]
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    The Equus Bass 770 has gone viral, and it's not hard to see why. The retro styling of the boutique modern muscle car draws inspiration mainly from the old Ford Mustang fastback, but also the Dodge Challenger, and it's powered by a thoroughly modern supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 640 horsepower, a la Chevrolet's recently departed Corvette ZR1. It all ...

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    Video: Revisiting Dick Guldstrand's forgotten Corvette ZR-1
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    The crew from Electric Federal recently sat down with Dick Guldstrand to discuss the builder's favorite creation. Guldstrand grew up during the glory days of the California hot rod scene and made a name for himself racing and building Chevrolet Corvette bruisers. In the early '90s, he became dismayed at rumors that General Motors was considering ...

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    Spy Shots: See what the Chevy C7 ZR1 may be benchmarked against
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    One of the greatest things every Corvette has had going for it, and also one of the most re-used arguments against it, is its price-to-performance equation - long before the Nissan GT-R became the de facto Porsche 911 comparator the Corvette spent decades as Exhibit A. Depending on which side of the argument you stressed, supporters crowed about how much ...

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    Official: Viper TA track-special unveiled to avenge loss to ZR1 [w/video]
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    Ready for round two? Friend of Autoblog and Motor Trend personality Jonny Lieberman has helped SRT whip the covers off the new Viper TA (which stands for Time Attack, apparently) by putting professional racecar driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel and pointing him at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with cameras in tow. What those cameras captured includes ...

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    Report: Next Corvette ZR1 to get 700 horsepower?
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    Word has it General Motors may offer as much as 700 horsepower in the C7 Corvette ZR1. Motor Trend reports the next Corvette Z06 will continue to rely on its naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 engine for thrust, but the lump will deliver substantially more power. How much more? MT says the engine could deliver up to 600 ponies. That's a jump of 95 ...

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    Video: Helicopter crashes on Top Gear Korea set while chasing Corvette ZR1
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    The formula of Top Gear Korea is seemingly about the same as it is everywhere else in the world, including the flagship British original: involve interesting cars in fantastical situations with charismatic hosts. That prescription has proved to be pretty reliable over the years, and has lead to some truly memorable and exciting pieces of ...

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    Detroit: Bob Lutz brings Destino, a ZR1-powered Karma, to Detroit
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    There's nothing wrong with the Fisker Karma that a honkin' American V8 engine won't fix. At least according to Bob Lutz, it seems. Called the VL Automotive Destino, this machine is the brainchild of industrialist Gilbert Villereal and the aforementioned Lutz, and is intended to compete with such well-regarded performance sedans as the Porsche Panamera and ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 sets lap record at Laguna Seca, beats new SRT Viper
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    As you may have heard, Motor Trend recently threw the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 SRT Viper at each other. And while it was somewhat shocking to hear that the aging ZR1 actually managed to narrowly walk away as the winner of this particular scrap, something else interesting happened during the dust up. Motor Trend called on pro driver Randy ...

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    Motorsports: Guy Fieri to drive Corvette ZR1 pace car in Indy 500
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    Diners, Drive-ins and Dives persona Guy Fieri is making more news with garages these days than kitchens. The Food Network host, who recently had his Lamborghini Gallardo stolen and then recovered in a teen's storage container, has been selected to drive the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car at the Indy 500 this year. Guy's an admitted car fan, and he ...

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    Official: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to pace 96th Indianapolis 500
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    Today Chevrolet announced that a 2013 Corvette ZR1 will pace this year's Indianapolis 500, marking the 23rd time that a Chevy has paced the race and the 11th time the Corvette has performed the duty. With 638 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the Corvette ZR1 will be the most powerful production machine to serve as the race's pace ...

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    Video: ZR1 versus C6.R racer in Corvette straight-line race
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    Road & Track lined up the Corvette ZR1 next to the Corvette C6.R ALMS racing car to see how they'd compete in a straight line. Notice we didn't say "drag" or "drag race," since this isn't at the track and we can't tell the distance of the contest. The C6.R is based on the ZR1, but comes in with about 500 horsepower to push its 2,745-pound weight and ...

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    Review: 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 [w/video]
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    Successful In Its Mission, But Not As The World's Greatest Sports Car Adhered to the Hamilton Hall dorm wall at Wright State University is a glossy poster of a jet-black sports car. It hangs low over an unmade bed, its corner blemished with a slight tear from an errantly placed thumbtack during orientation week. A young engineering undergraduate, ...

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    Video: Corvette ZR1-powered Chevrolet Silverado has us feeling sleepy
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    Here we have the kind of sleeper that'll wake you up no time: a short-bed, four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado with an LS9 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. With dyno numbers of 510 horsepower and 504 pound-feet of torque, there's a jump of at least 205 hp and 169 lb-ft over the most powerful factory engine you can get in that truck. The result? Sound ...

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    You now live in a world with a ZR1-powered pickup truck
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    Stuffing engine A into automobile B has been part an enthusiast rite of passage for decades. Fast-forward to 2011, and someone has finally jumped to engine Z. Rather, they've taken the engine from a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and slung it betwixt the front fenders of a Silverado pickup truck. Ford Lightning owners, Dodge Ram SRT owners and Toyota Tundra TRD ...

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    Video: 2012 Corvette ZR1 shaves six seconds off its 'Ring time
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    Chevrolet has a few upgrades in store for the mighty 2012 Corvette ZR1. One of which is a set of optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure Tires. Coupled with the the Performance Traction Management (PTM) system, the 2012 ZR1 is going to be one fast grippy guppy. Chevrolet wanted to find out how the new car handles one of the worlds most exciting ...

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    Vehicles take flight at the 'Ring's Flugplatz
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    Many areas of Germany's demanding 13-mile Nürburgring race track have became notorious in their own right, and have nicknames that hint at the challenge they present. One such section is called Flugplatz, which means "airport," and the name certainly fits because this crest is enough to send some cars skyward. Our friendly spy photographers decided ...

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    We've seen plenty of coachbuilt Chevrolet Corvettes – both old and new – coming out of Italy. Now ze Germans apparently want to get in on the action, and this is the design with which they aim to do it. Called SC-1, it's the product-in-the-making from Munich-based upstart Endora Cars. The design is decidedly neo-retro, blending styling ...

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