GM today announced the final numbers for the 2009 Corvette ZR1: a MSRP of $103,300, EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14 city and 20 highway, 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, 0-100 mph in 7.0 seconds, top speed of 205 mph and Quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.3 seconds at 131 mph! With this performances the ZR1 becomes the fastest Corvette ever produced and ranking it among the global super cars of commensurate performance. None of those other super cars, however, equals the ZR1’s performance-per-dollar ratio.

The Corvette ZR1’s 0-60 performance is 0.3-second quicker than the already-quick Corvette Z06 and the 0-100-mph performance is nearly a full second quicker - 7 seconds vs. the Z06’s 7.9 seconds. It is performance that is equal to or better than many super cars costing substantially more.

And the racetrack isn’t the only place where the ZR1 trumps its super-car competitors – it beats them at the gas pump, too. According to, the ZR1’s EPA-rated 14 city and 20 highway mileage ratings beat 2008 competitors such as the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (11 city / 15 highway); the Lamborghini Murcielago (8 city / 13 highway) and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage (12 city / 19 highway). They’re competitive with the Dodge Viper (13 city / 22 highway) and the Porsche 911 GT3 (15 city / 22 highway).

"A favorable power-to-weight ratio gives the ZR1 an advantage over the competition and performance that has to be experienced to fully appreciate," said Tom Wallace, Corvette chief engineer. "Of course, on a racetrack, drivers of competitors’ cars may appreciate the ZR1 in a whole different manner."

Under the carbon-fiber hood

A new LS9 6.2L supercharged small-block engine powers the ZR1’s performance capability. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components support high-rpm performance, while a new, sixth-generation supercharger (and complementing charge-cooling system) helps the LS9 make big power and torque across the rpm range. The engine is hand-assembled at GM’s Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich.

In addition to the LS9 engine, the ZR1 is a technology powerhouse, designed with lightweight and unique components that reinforce its performance with a confidant feel on either a highway or road course.

The standard ZR1 comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The available uplevel interior package includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); side air bags; Bose premium audio system; navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; power telescoping steering column; custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors and more. Chrome wheels are the only other available option on the ZR1. Detailed pricing noted below.

  • $103,300 Base MSRP including destination
  • $1,700 Gas guzzler tax
  • $10,000 Option package
  • $2,000 Chrome wheels
What do you think?
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  (233) posted on 09.7.2008

whether they like it or not the new zr-1 has a little healthy competition on the track and the strip

AK47  (1024) posted on 09.7.2008

Seems like the Vette fanboys can’t take a little healthy competition.

FlushGarden  (2) posted on 09.5.2008

What is all this NSX tripe? Comparing the new ZR-1 to the NSX is like the famous 23-second movie "Godzilla versus Bambi."
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AK47  (1024) posted on 06.21.2008

True, for some reason the looks of the NSX is just addictive. The GT-R has looks that say ’fu*k you’ to just about any car ever made with all the subtlety of a high caliber machine gun and back it up with the performance. The NSX is more like ’behave yourself or I’ll take the belt to you in a way that is not rude or unpleasant but you know it will do that.

AK47  (233) posted on 06.20.2008

if the new NSX is anything like the old one i’d go for it too... and if the performance is close to the GT-R i might go for it above that. i just love the styling of the NSX

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.20.2008

Don’t count on me to cheer for the ZR1 when its competing against the GT-R though....

And Goony I’d also go for the NSX.

AK47  (233) posted on 06.19.2008

yea the rear suspension really does soften up and the ZO6 handles suprisingly well for a muscle car so i’m sure they’ll follow thru with this one too. that’d be a race to watch no doubt

goony  (29) posted on 06.19.2008

I’d go for a NSX instead

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.19.2008

Like I said, the performance is impressive. I especially like the bit where the rear shocks soften up upon launch to give better traction. Thats what GM claims anyway.

I’d like to see the upcoming RWD NSX pitched against this car.

Throw in the V Spec, the upcoming GT3, the 911 Turbo , the updated Mucielago and wait for the fireworks to begin!

AK47  (233) posted on 06.18.2008

yea but at the same time the zr1 is cheaper than most super cars and matches their performance

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.18.2008

"the ZR1 is a technology powerhouse".

Iam trying hard not to laugh.

The performance is impressive. At 103 grand, thats a bit pricey though.

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.18.2008

If you are paying guzzler taxes, then comparing it to other cars in regards of mileage is rather silly.

AK47  (520) posted on 06.17.2008

it looks fantastic

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