Harping on the Corvette’s sub par interior has become a contact sport for car journalists, who continue raising the bar on clever metaphors for chintzy plastic. By covering most of the dash with leather, Chevy’s upped the touch quality in the ZR1 interior to, say, that of a car in the $50,000 range. Not too bad, and certainly not a deal-breaker in this case.
Ultimately, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 may never score a single kudo from kids with pictures of Lamborghinis and Elisha Cuthbert in their lockers. Japanophiles who deify the 2009 Nissan GT-R will go on posting put-downs on Internet fan forums. And Chevrolet engineers who worked the ZR1 program will still sleep soundly as kittens. Yes, the ZR1 is that good.
2009 Corvette ZR1
Torque: 604 lb-ft
Power-to-Weight: 5.2 pph (pounds per horsepower)
0-60: 3.4 seconds
0-100: 7.0 seconds
Quarter mile: 11.3 seconds @ 131mph
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