GM Shows Off 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


The wait is over. All the speculations can now end. The King of the Hill has returned! General Motors took the wraps of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 for the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

Some of the highlights of the new super Vette includes new 20″ wheels, huge 15.5″ carbon ceramic brakes, a supercharged 6.2L engine making at least 620HP, a hood with a view window to see the engine and a roof made of carbon fiber. Acceleration time and top speed in unknown for now. However, GM equipped the car with a 220MPH speedometer.

At an estimated price of $100,000, the ZR1 is the most expensive Corvette ever offered. While the price isn’t cheap, it’s still a third of the cost of a Ferrari 599, a car that would surely be looking at Vette taillights if the two ever go head to head.

Now that the President has signed a new energy bill that requires car manufacturers to get 35 mpg fleet average by 2020, this may indeed be the fastest and most powerful Corvette that will ever be made. Expect the new ZR1 to be terrorizing Ferraris and Porsches (and most everything else) when it hits the streets this summer.





67 thoughts on “GM Shows Off 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1”

  1. CAR says:

    very nice car, i have an older post about this car a while ago, with the 0-60 time under 3.5 which is just amazing for 100k

    1. The new Nissan crushes that. The GT-R has 3.3 for under 100k.

      And btw: It will still be some cheap GM Junk in there – you cant compare an american car to a Ferrari or Porsche – thats a crime!

      1. Steve! says:

        Word. That car is shweet. He’s right though, Ferrari and Porsche = ❗

  2. Laura says:

    That car is sexy! But I would be afraid to drive a car that cost $100,000!:mrgreen:

    That reminds me, did you ever see the commercial on TV….I forget what they are advertising…but the guy parks his nice car in the furtherest spot from the mall, all by itself so nobody can scratch it. He turns around to look at his car and goes back to touch it. Then he starts walking away and a satellite drops on top of the car, smashing it in. lol

    1. Tell you what, you buy the Vette and I’ll be glad to drive it for you if you’re afraid to.

      1. Laura says:

        It’s a deal. Where are we going? πŸ˜‰

        1. Anywhere where we can drive fast!

  3. oh cool car… But will prefer it in red… LOL

    1. Etienne Teo says:

      I guess it does come with different colos for your choice.

  4. Amy says:

    Very nice! Now I have something to add to my “things i’m working towards” cork board πŸ˜€

  5. Shaun Carter says:

    I doubt the energy legislation will affect Chevrolet’s production of the Corvette. The requirement is a fleet average, and Vette’s make up such a small percentage of their annual production that any impact would be negligible.

    The new styling of the Corvette, since I think 2005, is very sharp looking and I prefer it over the old styling.

  6. Jovan says:

    yea nice car, looking forward to seeing it at the Detroit Auto Show next month

  7. Absolutely stunning vehicle.

    Come on John, with what you’re pulling in I’m sure you can buy us a few. πŸ˜›

  8. I am a Ford guy but I love that car!

  9. Michael Kwan says:

    “General Motors took the wraps of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 today at the Detroit Auto Show.”

    The NAIAS doesn’t kick off until next month. And you can’t say, “More than you can afford, pal,” in a (Che)vette.

  10. That’s a stupid sized engine.. Burn more fuel… Trash the planet harder..

    Go GM..

    1. Leo says:

      That’s an ignorant tree-hugger statement πŸ™„
      Do you enjoy bicyclists calling your car stupid for simply having one?

      Cars like the ZR1 are typically weekend cars and not used for daily driving. The average emissions from a Civic are more likely to greater than those of a ZR1 driver due to levels of use. It also depends on how you drive the vehicle.

      But go ahead, piss on the parade of the car enthusiasts who like to take their hot rods out during the summer and those few other times throughout the year.

      1. Etienne Teo says:

        That i have to agree with leo, not meant for daily driving.

    2. Sean Morris says:

      It probably gets better gas mileage , and less overall emissions than the VW bus that you are driving.

      Go hug a tree hippie, and leave my enthusiast cars alone. Talk to someone else about the farce that people want you to believe is global warming.

    3. Tim Christie says:

      I’d have to agree with Matt. Whats wrong with hydbrids or bio diesel vehicles. People, its all about reducing your carbon imprint and the long term effects on the planet. Its 2007 not 1980

      Maybe there some compensation for other shortcomings going on around here! 😈

  11. Matt, not as bad as the Rolls Im looking at getting. That clocks in at 6.7l and really does just eat fuel for brekky, lunch and dinner

  12. I love itΒ°}! πŸ˜›

  13. Sir Pavlow says:

    Very cool car except color, it must be red fire red.

  14. That is the sweetest looking Vette Chevy has ever made. I didn’t at all like the, I think it was, first C-6 designs from 05-07, but dang if this one isn’t nice. You gonna have a contest John and give one away? I’m hoping by that time I can get one on my own.

  15. Dan Florin says:

    Corvette is a nice car , but on the roads of my country you can kill a car like that very easy.

  16. Zac Johnson says:

    Sweet looking car… I just can’t decide on what I should get for my next car.

  17. Contest Beat says:

    What are they thinking with that rear window?

  18. PinoyTech says:

    That’s one of the coolest websites I’ve seen.

    1. george says:

      What website?


  19. Laura says:


    Wow, that is a really sweet car… and I’m not really into cars. I’ll take one though! Oh, and maybe $10K in free gas a year. πŸ™‚

  20. Sean Morris says:

    Edmunds/Inside Line tested the 2009 Nissan GT-R in Japan and did 0-60 in 3.3 seconds – 11.6 @ 120.9 mph in the quarter. All wheel drive, and about $70k MSRP.

    In theory this car should be really quick – 3500 lbs with driver – 620 hp – about 132 mph in the quarter , but its still $100k for a Corvette , that still uses leaf springs for suspension.

    1. John Chow says:

      The GTR also looks as ugly as shit. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. Sure! Try it six times and enjoy buying that new clutch. The nice thing about testing cars for a magazine is you don’t have to worry about such things. You’ll find very few owners, if any, willing to launch a GTR that way. In a real world race, where the owners actually owns and pays for the cars, a GTR will have enough problems trying to keep up with a Z06, never mind a ZR1.

      1. ZR1?? Who cares! Bugatti Veyron’s the sexiest car alive! 😎

      2. CAR says:

        ok i agree the GTR is ugly as hell but its fast. i’d rather have the zr1 anyday. GTR is faster than a z06 john, what are you smokin a 0-60 time of 3.3 a z06 won’t catch up at all, i think the GTR and ZR1 will be same time. Also, the GTR is a 4 seater, so you can have friends while you’re racing, bottom line corvette is nice, GTR looks like crap but is fast and GTR and ZR1 will be good race but GTR is a good deal for price, and a 4 seater.

        1. John Chow says:

          What I’m saying is no owner will launch the GTR that way in order to get 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. 4500RPM and dump the clutch? Can you say new clutch really soon? πŸ™‚

          The GTR is really fast up to 100MPH because of its AWD system. After that, the the AWD and 3,800lbs becomes a liability. That’s why its 1/4 speed is only120MPH. A Z06 is doing 126MPH by the 1/4. Also, I’ve seen bone stock Z06 run in the 10’s.

          1. Sean Morris says:

            4500 and dump the clutch ? No . 4500 rpms and release the brake . The ECU controls the clutch. DSG transmission. All wheel drive More people are going to be able to get quicker times, in all weather conditions with the GT-R . More power in a RWD car means more wheelspin. More wheelspin in the first 60 feet means slower 1/4 mile times. The MPH can be huge, but the time to cover the distance will be longer. 0.1 seconds in the first 60 feet = 0.2 seconds at the end of the 1/4 mile. As far as ugly , have you seen one in person yet ? I helped to arrange the event with Edmunds/Inside Line and Nissan GT-R owners that went on at Chiat Day in Los Angeles.

          2. John Chow says:

            OK, so the ECU will dump the clutch. Same thing. Technology can only compensate for the laws physics so much. The bottom line is the GTR is a heavy pig. No matter what fancy tech you’re running, 3800 lbs and 480HP is not going to be faster than 3133 lbs and 505HP. But if your life is to enjoy 3.3 seconds 0-60 then enjoy buying a new clutch every week. That’s only 0.1 seconds faster than the fastest 0-60 Card & Driver recorded for a Z06.

      3. I agree with that. The GTR looks like a frickin’ Transformer. Kids may like it, but it looks like a hideous lump of steel to me. Oh, and I don’t like the interior either.

  21. Dan Huang says:

    Sounds like a great car. The supercharged 6.2 with the window looks insane! Haha. I feel that Chevy tried to hard to match the mid-engined glass bays of the R8, F430, and Gallardo. But a valiant effort though. Imho, a bit borderline “rice.”

    The Z06 was an awesome value supercar; the 325s in the rear look unreal in reality. I have a certain affinity to vettes; I think I’m going to get a nice used ’06 C6 in March 2008. Can’t beat 400BHP from a 4.0 LS2 engine for under $40k!

    I bet Jeremy Clarkson will have something positive to say about the ZR1… πŸ˜›

  22. Now that’s a beautiful machine :mrgreen:

  23. Ronald Su says:

    The carbon fibre top is nice, and 100k is not a bad price for such a car. This car reminds me of the Mercedes-Benz SL series.

  24. That is a reaaaally sexy car. πŸ˜€ I love it, and I need one.

    1. Etienne Teo says:

      It would be nice to own one.

  25. beijing2008 says:

    I like it ,it’s very cool car~~ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ

  26. trmanco says:

    Beautiful car πŸ˜€

  27. Matt Robison says:

    A corvette is just about the only car made by GM that I would ever consider owning.

  28. Pedro says:

    Comparing this car to a Ferrari is as silly as it gets. It’s like comparing a one-kilogram of BBQ steak to a French delicatessen: sure you get more beef for less price, but it will never match its excellence.

  29. Very very nice design! However this car is not available in Malaysia yet πŸ™

  30. David Chew says:

    Hi, thanks for posting the picture of this car and the spec. Very nice design indeed, hope to own one next time πŸ˜†

  31. raymondm says:

    This is a sweet car,
    you’ve just givien me my next short term goal. lol

  32. dr.m13d0 says:

    nice, but i prefer a v8 1969 mustang….

    if you feel lonely you have some company

  33. Beautiful car, would love to have one πŸ˜€

  34. Is it me…or is the new corvette the new 911 ❓
    New “model”, same design 😈

  35. Spencer Kam says:

    damn! that carbon fiber top is hot.

  36. says:

    :mrgreen: it’s a nice car lol, I wanna test ride any one give the key hehhehehe –

  37. Cody says:

    I think for $100K I’d rather have an all-electric Tesla Roadster. It will still smoke that Ferrari 599 without blinking, all with the efficiency of an all-electric car. πŸ‘Ώ

    1. Naw, I’d take this Vette any day over the Tesla. This is such an improvement over the last 2 or 3 years.

    2. Sean Morris says:

      The Tesla is vaporware. They can’t get it finished, they are having lots of problems meeting any of their deadlines. They have tons of peoples money tied up in a project , that is having lots of issues.

      They are talking about releasing the car with a single speed transmission , instead of the two speed due to durability issues.

      All electric ? We already have power issues in California , rolling blackouts anyone ? And how do they make electricity ? Nuclear power and all the leftovers that go along with that , burning coal , yeah thats clean , or fractions of a percent of “green” via solar or wind energy. Keep dreaming about electric powered cars, cause thats all they are.

      This ZR1 would smoke the Tesla , all day , every day . Tesla isn’t even close to the potential of this Corvette.

  38. Boris Zv says:

    This good car 😈

  39. That is one amazing car!

  40. its wonderful and hoc much is it πŸ˜†

  41. What a SWEET car! That color is pretty awesome as well!

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