Chevrolet's 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the best thing to come out of Detroit since Dearborn-style pistachio baklawa. I don't say that lightly; pistachio baklawa is spectacular.
Leading with a headline-grabbing horsepower figure, the ZR1 delivers sharp, predictable handling, unjarring road feel and performance as barmy on pavement as on paper, all without artifice or intimidation. Yes, it's a Corvette, and while that may confound anyone who assumes the badge signifies rough trade, the ZR1's excellence won't surprise anyone whose watched GM's Corvette program evolve over the past decade.
It isn't the first Corvette to wear the ZR1 badge. The name also applied to a rare racing package in 1970 and the better-known "King of the Hill" Corvette in the early 1990s, powered by a Lotus-designed V8. The '09 is nonetheless a Corvette of firsts. With a base price of $105,000, it is the most costly Corvette in the model's history (and the first over six figures). It's also the first to break 200 mph right out of the factory, and the first boosted by a supercharger, or for that matter, artificial aspiration of any kind.
The ZR1 produces momentous car-geek numbers: zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds, a 205-mph top speed, 7.26 seconds around Germany's Nürburgring, 638 horsepower, and 604 pounds-feet of torque. To put it in context, there's only a factor of 0.001 between the ZR1 and being punched in the face by Kimbo Slice.
Certainly, the ZR1 surpasses the previous flagship Corvette Z06, which since 2004 has occupied a stratum of high-performance cars costing twice its $72,000 price. But whereas the edgy Z06 can be riotous, the ZR1 embodies Theodore Roosevelt's principle of speaking softly and carrying a 600-horsepower supercharged V8 in your pants. Plus, you just know the world has gone a bit flatsided when the 505-horsepower Z06 feels underpowered.
"7.26 seconds around Germany’s Nürburgring"
Wow! I knew that this car was fast, but not that fast.
Everyone that drives a corvette is a jackass. With more power in means these people can be even more a jackass.
Everyone that makes blanket statements about other people is a jackass.
next time, if you're gonna insult people, use proper english
boka, what an intellectual giant you must be!
I can't help but wonder if you're A) jealous of people who drive Vettes, B) jealous of people who drive performance cars in general or C) just too lazy to justify your detailed analysis of said people.
Either way, your opinion doesn't matter, because look at the bright side: having more power means they'll be out of your sight quicker!!
Have a nice day, and thanks for playing!
Why do I feel that the car is very familiar? Like in the movie "deformed steel 2" which appeared