Super hotshot spy photographer Chris Doane has taken the first spy photos of the rumored 2009 Super Corvette. The spy photos show what appears to a normal Corvette Z06, but upon closer inspection, you see a large bulge on the hood that is rumored to be concealing a supercharged 6.2-Liter V8 that puts out 650HP.
Initially codenamed Blue Devil (no official name yet), the new Corvette is based on the current Corvette Z06, but with even more carbon fiber body parts, to help bring curb weight down to 2,900 lbs. Doing the math, that gives this umber Vette a power to weight ratio that is better than a $1 million Ferrari Enzo.
In an interview with Digital Corvette, Mr. Doane had this to say about his encounter with the unnamed supercar.
These pics almost didn’t happen. I’d been seeing one or two regular C6 Vettes with MFT plates around lately, so when I saw a black one coming towards me on the other side of the highway, I didn’t think much of it. Then I saw the side vents in front of the rear tires and thought “oh just a Z06.” Then I saw the huge bulge in the hood and almost crashed my car. Well…not really but I was overcome with the sudden urge to jump the median.
After legally turning around, I started after the test car only to find out the obvious. This thing is fast. I’m not sure if/when the engineer driving the car realized I was following him, or if he was just enjoying all the power at his disposal (who could blame him), but it took 15-20 mins to get ahead of him and get into a position to photograph the car.
Now this may sound a little odd, but the thing I remember most when the car was passing my shooting position was a big sucking sound. As in, the motor’s supercharger sucking in huge amounts of air. The engineer did put the hammer down when he saw me, but I wouldn’t say he was at WOT. Needless to say the exhaust note is unholy.
You can expect to pay around $100,000 for this automotive missile when it goes on sale in 2008. That makes this car the cheapest 650HP production car in the world. Some dealers are already taking deposit so if you really want one, then you better put your money down now.