The Top Gear episode that featured the 2009 ZR1 aired on Sunday and from the start you could see that Clarkson was absolutely bowled over by the power and refinement of the 638 horsepower Corvette. With no America bashing or usual snarkiness shown other than to the US Government for issues relating to the host’s visas, the show was fun to watch and very entertaining.
We expected to hear the comments that surfaced last month in which Clarkson says about his time spent in the Corvette ZR1 was fabulous, “but after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate. It made me growl with annoyance and despair.” There was none of that. Instead we got the following quotes:
“This is made by two fat blokes in Kentucky.” “I’m starting to like this Corvette…it isn’t the power, it’s the surprise of the power. When you’re driving a Ferrari Enzo, you’re expecting it. This though, it’s quiet, it’s comfortable, it’s beautifully air-conditioned…so you’re simply not ready for the savagery when you put your foot down. I’ve got a heads-up display with your lateral G…and the best stereo in the world…!” “Man, this is great. ” “How can a car as docile as this one be as exciting when the road gets this twisty.” “A proper manual gearbox.” “Are you listening Ferrari? Well done fat man from Kentucky…this…is…a masterpiece!”
Unfortunately, most of the show has been pulled from YouTube due to trademark issues, but one of the segments remains. Better watch it while you can. We’ll attempt to embed the other segments as they become available:
Not to ruin the ending for you, but in the last segment, Clarkson runs the Corvette ZR1 on the Bonneville Salt Flats from 0 to the One Mile Marker in 176.549 MPH.