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2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Review

Souped-Up Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a yellow 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

In short: A powerful, fast and sexy coupe.

ere’s a Corvette that’ll give automakers Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini a run for their money. Even traffic cops may have a hard time keeping up, as this coupe has a top speed of 205 mph, not that we advocate doing anything to attract extra attention. However, the limelight is exactly what this American supercar craves. Based off the Z06, Chevrolet's Corvette ZR1 features a muscular, rear-spoiler-decked body and a hood notable for its window displaying the top of the engine’s decaled intercooler. The powerplant under the hood is a 638-horsepower LS9 supercharged V8 engine, which allows the car to accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

Along with being extremely fast, this automobile exhibits good road manners with smooth shifting (it possesses a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission), and a standard magnetic selective ride control that gives the vehicle decent traction and cornering. Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors, typically found on even pricier exotics, are standard. Inside, the ZR1 shows off dual cockpit seats and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, MP3 playback, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. An upgraded trim, the 3ZR (as opposed to the standard 1ZR) offers Bluetooth connectivity, side airbags, heated six-way power leather seats and a custom leather-decked interior.

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance; 6-year/100,000-mile rust warranty.

Base Price: $106,520

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback coupe

Engine: 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8
Horsepower: 638 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 604 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission: close-ratio 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,324 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 176.2/75.9/49 in

power-assisted carbon-ceramic disc with ABS in front and rear
Suspension: short/long arm double-wishbone with cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, and monotube shock absorber in front and rear

Traction: electronic traction control; magnetic selective ride control; active handling

0-60 mph:
3.4 seconds
Top Speed: 205 mph

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

dual airbags in front; passenger sensing system; tire pressure monitoring system; OnStar


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