This first 2009 ZR1 was auctioned off for a Million bucks to a one, Dave Ressler. He is also the owner of the oldest known Corvette in existence, #003.
Motor and Transmission
The see-through Carbon Fiber hood allows anyone close enough to take a peek at the engine and see that this isn't just your average Corette. The ZR1 is powered by a 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum V8 with a Twin Vortices Series supercharger that forces air through an attached intercooler.
Hand-built in Wixom, Mi. this powerhouse motor puts out 638 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 604-lb.ft. of torque at 3800 RPMs.
Controlling all this power is easy with a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and a high-capacity, high-performance clutch that makes anyone who is sitting in the driver's seat feel like they're driving a professional racecar.
Sure, that may seem a little light in the power department now, but in 2009, that was as beastie as it gets
Frame and Suspension
BrakingYou can't have a vehicle with all that power and ability without having an effective way of stopping it. So massive Brembo Carbon Ceramic 15-inch front and 15.5-inch rear vented cross-drilled rotors were added. These rotors can withstand 1000-degrees celsius before warping. The brake system includes six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. When this system all works together it is capable of the type of stopping power that you would need for a 200 mph supercar.
The Looks of a Supercar
Interior Options for the ZR1
Price Tag and Gas mileageWith supercar looks and supercar power and track times to match, an MSRP price tag of $112,000.00 makes this ZR1 one of the best-priced supercars of its kind. The ZR1 also rated very high in gas mileage for a 2009 sports car - EPA-Estimated 14 city/20 highway mpg. For a V-8 powerhouse, this type of gas mileage is extremely good and should be extremely satisfying for consumers.
The best thing about the ZR1 was for the first time ever, Americans that were in the market for a supercar cloud finally choose an American-built supercar that is placed in a class with some of the best supercars in the world.