Thursday, December 27, 2007

December 2007 Dream Car of the Month - C6 Corvette ZR1

Well, this car isn't even out yet but it made my list of dream cars. Originally, I had planned to feature the C6 Z06 as the car of the month, but with the official release of the ZR1, I figured this new, "ultimate corvette" deserved the spotlight. It really is a pretty impressive piece of machinery.

For those of you that don't know, or didn't happen to see my last post on the unveiling of the car, the upcoming 2009 Corvette ZR1 is poised to be the fastest most expensive Corvette ever made and possibly, the fastest American car ever produced. The details are still not final but the car is expected to have at least 620HP and 590TQ from the 6.2L LS9 supercharged V8. A final curb weight of around 3300lbs should ensure that the car will drop 0-60 times in the sub 4 second range and 1/4 mile times may dip into the 10s. Top speed should exceed 200mph. The brakes are the same as found on the Ferrari Enzo, only bigger, and the car will feature extensive use of carbon fiber. All this for around $100,000 which is no bargain until you consider that this car will be faster than many cars up to 10 times it's price. In that context, it's a downright bargain.

The car reportedly came about when GM's Rick Wagoner, who was very impressed with the C6 Z06, said something to the Corvette team to the effect of; If we can accomplish this in a $70,000 car, imagine what we could do in a $100,000 car. I guess the team took that as a green light to try and find out. The result is a car that will probably become one of the greatest sports cars ever produced in America. I just wish I had an extra $100K laying around.

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