Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 

  • $107k built in USA
  • 2009
  • 638 HP 6.2L
  • 205 mph
As impressed as I am that this slightly simplified Corvette weighs some 80 pounds less than other C5s and nearly 400 pounds less than the old and much admired Nissan 300ZX Turbo, I'm not instantly drawn to it.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
The wheel-balancing weights might fly off at top speed, but my love for the Vette convertible remains.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 1997)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Chevrolet Corvette


Corvette ZR1
3.4 s
Golf R Golf
9.56 s

Top speed

Corvette ZR1
205 mph
Porsche 928
138 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph


Corvette ZR1
7.8 s
Porsche 928
18.5 s
928 S4
12.9 s

Top Gear track time

Corvette ZR1
Nissan GT-R

1/4 mile

Corvette ZR1
12.8 s
Golf R Golf
17.1 s
Porsche 928
15.6 s

Nurburgring time

Corvette ZR1
Nissan GT-R

Data points Key details of the Chevrolet Corvette


Corvette ZR1


Corvette ZR1
638 HP
Golf R Golf
170 HP
Porsche 928
219 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The LS7’s 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque seem to manifest at every point in the rev range, and the LS7 slings the 427 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter in 12.2.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2012)
Chevy says the software allows Active Handling to take more precise control of rear braking.
by (Dec, 2012)
Clearly this is a learning lap, but the confident chassis provokes ever deeper prodding of the throttle until an attention-getting tail-wag in an off-camber hill-cresting left-hander signals it might be time to pit for a breather.
by MotorTrend (Oct, 2008)


For example, these prototypes were built with the less-expensive four-speed auto­matic transmission (about 60 percent of Corvettes are sold with automatic).
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
It was serious power, but it meant the convertible took third place in the lineup to the 505-hp Z06 and the $112,575 Corvette ZR1, which has a 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
by (Aug, 2012)
Precision balancing after assembly may have accounted for the clean, smooth running of the engine, and its ability to rev freely to around 5500.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)


Due to its combination of GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension and ZR1-specific Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, the Super Vette has the neutral, positive-at-the-limit handling we always wished the Z06 possessed.
The run-flat tires remain, but Juechter says Goodyear softened the sidewalls to improve ride quality.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2004)
It's built into the suspension; the Corvette has more suspension travel than any other car manufactured in this country.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)


To handle the change, assistant chief engineer John Juriga and his crew added fortified valve springs and lightweight hollow-stem valves, a feature last seen on a Corvette in the late ZR-1's twin-cam LT5 V-8.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)
The hydraulic system for the top mechanism is powered by a separate electric motor, which allows operation with the engine off and avoids direct absorption of any engine power.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
It's a premium quality engine from the very core — double-shot-peened connecting rods, tuftrided crank, forged pistons — and you pay for it: $1220.70 as an option.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)


Standard on Anniversary Edition models and optional on other Corvettes, the F55 system marks a significant advance in suspension design.
by MotorTrend (May, 2002)
This does give the brakes a lot of work, but even the standard Corvette binders are remarkably durable these days.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
The Corvette 5.4's fabulous titanium mufflers remain standard equipment.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Chevrolet
Price $106,500
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
Highest auction price $203k, January 2012
City mileage 14 MPG
Highway mileage 20 MPG


Body style Coupe


Drivetrain RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.29:1
  2. 2: 1.61:1
  3. 3: 1.21:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.81:1
  6. 6: 0.67:1
Axle ratio 3.42:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 285/30 19
Rear wheels 335/30 20

road tests

Top speed 205 mph
1/4 mile 12.8 s
0-60mph 3.4 s
0-100mph 7.8 s
Top gear time 1:20.40
20.6km nurburgring time 7:26.40

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.25 lb/hp
Maximum hp 638 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Front
Weight distribution 52%/48%
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 6,162 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor Supercharger
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9.1:1
Bore/stroke 4.06 in / 3.62 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,350 lb
Width 75.9 in
Height 49 in
Length 176.2 in
Wheelbase 105.7 in
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