ZR1 Smiles Upon All Challengers

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The new Corvette ZR1 has a subtle design element that quietly speaks volumes. When you peak under the hood you see the awesome LS9 from the standard Corvette with a hi-tech supercharger strapped onto the top. Normally in a Corvette you see the the “twin flag” emblem all over the place. It is on the hood, under the hood, on the steering wheel, on the door sills, on the wheels, and on the floor. The ZR1 is no exception to this except that when you lift the hood, instead of seeing the standard twin flags on the airbox you see the twinflags making the eyes of an extremely stylized skull.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Now that is tough. This seems to represent only one possible thing. That the ZR1 means death. The 620hp in this 3300 lb car are meant to destroy the competition. There is no doubt that the Vette is going to take down the Viper throne, which it currently only holds in terms of American power. The Z06 has always been hoping to wrestle with the Porsche 911 Turbo which it has always fallen behind, but with this new Corvette rendition we will have to see.

The Corvette ZR1 is basically the fastest, most powerful, production corvette in history. That is the short story. The long story is that the ZR1 is so heavily modified from its origin that it is almost a completely different car altogether.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The ZR1 is targeting 100hp / liter making 620 hp at 6500 rpm and hits 585 lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm. Those numbers are high but get this. From 2600 to 6000 rpm you will have 90% of the torque available. With that much low end torque, I am imagining this to be a great car for power in the twisties. The horsepower starts to really kick in at around 3000 rpms with 300hp right in the middle and it just keeps climbing from there.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brakes

You might notice the brakes on this beast. They are Brembo 15.5 inch carbon-ceramic rotors on the front and 15″ on the back. That is a $20,000 option on a Ferrari. Impressive to say the least. There should be no question of its stopping abitily.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

There is plenty more to discuss involving the ZR1 and so we will continue to cover it. Right now it looks plain awesome. Somehow I think I need to talk my wife into taking out a few mortgages against the house as well as convincing her that 110hp is completely inadequate for our growing family and that 620 would be far more reasonable. I am sure she will understand the need for a $100,000 Corvette when I tell her that it is the best one yet.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Allen: I concur! If the devil had to drive a new production car, I’m pretty sure this would be it. The ZR1 Skull just adds to the attention to detail that Chevy has put into its high performance car for years, turning an already awesome car into something sinister. That little skull screams “Death to all who oppose the mighty ZR1″ with its half grin.

As for Austin taking out a second, third, and four mortage for the ZR1, I’m all for it but you might have to explain to your daughter why she gets left behind. Even with its $100,000 price tag they still didn’t make the ZR1 with a back seat.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


#1 Inquisitor on 12.27.07 at 1:02 pm

So what’s the reason for the Skull? Did you investigate?

#2 Austin on 12.27.07 at 1:46 pm

I attempted to contact both of the representatives for the ZR1 in Bowling Green regarding what I thought to be a rather key element to the beneath-the-hood design, but neither email elicited any response. Perhaps there will be mention at the Detroit Auto Show.

#3 Vance on 12.28.07 at 11:12 am

the skull exists because chuck norris says so.

#4 skeleton on 01.10.08 at 5:15 pm

the skull is a refrence to the c6r race car that has had “jake” on there cars for some time

#5 Austin on 01.11.08 at 8:12 am

There is a follow up article here. Seems like i should have known about it.

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