Thursday, December 20, 2007
It's Official - 2009 Corvette ZR1 finally revealed!
If you've had enough of all the speculation and spy shots teasing you about the long rumored "Blue Devil" Corvette, well your Christmas gift has arrived. GM finally officially confirmed and released info on the upcoming 2009 Corvette ZR1 and it is an absolute beast!
Preliminary info from GM indicates that the car will feature a supercharged 6.2L V8 dubbed LS9. This powerplant will produce at least 620HP and 590TQ in a car that will weigh around 3200lbs. Due to the added weight of the supercharger setup, GM has employed extensive use of carbon fiber on the fenders, hood, and roof. The fiber on the roof is exposed and covered by a special clear coat which contains an additive costing $60,000 per gallon. The clear coat itself costs $2,000 per gallon and it makes the ZR1 the first car ever to have a carbon fiber clear coat that will last the life of the car. The new "Super Vette" will also use carbon ceramic brakes to slow it down from an expected top speed of over 200mph. The front rotors are larger than the ones used on the Enzo Ferrari. At about $100,000 it will be the cheapest car in the world with such brakes.
The price will of course put it in some serious territory as it will be, by far, the most expensive Corvette ever produced. That being said, it will definitely also be the fastest Corvette ever and maybe the fastest American production car ever. It will also give cars that are several times it's cost a very big scare and a serious run for the money. Just when I thought that the new Nissan GTR was the performance bargain of the century (relatively speaking), GM drops this bomb. What a great time to be a horsepower junkie.
If you crave any more info, all of the auto press is on top of this. Just do a search for 2009 ZR1 and you'll be busy all day.