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.