The cost to own America’s own 638-horsepower supercar just got more expensive. GM recently released prices of all Corvette models to dealers and the 2010 Corvette will now start at $107,830. Add the required $1,700 gas guzzler tax for the Corvette ZR1 and the new out the door price increases to $109,530, an increase of $2,910 over the 2009′s MSRP + gas tax of $106,620.
Although no one likes to see prices increases year to year, we’re not at all surprised as dealers routinely sell the Corvette ZR1 for $10,000 or more over the MSRP. The new price adds a little more profit to GM and well-healed buyers probably won’t balk at the new pricing.
GM has not yet released the Options Package pricing yet, but we expect that to remain in the neighborhood of $10,000 for the 3ZR package. In addition to the Chrome ZR1 wheels, the 2010 Corvette ZR1 will feature a new competition gray wheel which we expect pricing to be similar to the 2009 wheel upgrade price of $2,000. So using 2009′s pricing as the basis for calculating the price of a loaded 2010 Corvette ZR1, expect to pay $121,530.
The 2010 Corvette ZR1 does feature several new enhancements over the current model. New is the Performance Traction Management technology, Launch Control and standard side air bags. A new cashmere interior will be available later this fall and now the Corvette ZR1 can be ordered in any of the Corvetteâ€™s standard colors including Torch Red, Arctic White and Crystal Red Metallic.
We spoke with Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City about the 2010 Corvette and he thought the new pricing was in line considering the new upgrades coming in 2010. If you’re interested in buying one of his three in-bound 2009 ZR1s or ordering a new 2010 model when the factory begins production next month, call him today at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck on the web at: Kerbeck Corvette
Here is the official press releases from Chevrolet about the 2010 Corvette ZR1:
2010 CORVETTE ZR1: PERFORMANCE TRACTION MANAGEMENT ENHANCES AN ALREADY WORLD-BEATING DRIVING EXPERIENCE
After taking on the world’s best supercars and proving a better value and performer by the global automotive press, the Corvette ZR1 returns for 2010 with new Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology. It is an advanced system that is part of a new Launch Control feature, which optimizes traction for greater and more consistent on-track performance.
The PTM system holds a predetermined engine speed while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the driver to quickly release the clutch and the system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to maximize the available traction. The system is capable of approaching a skilled driver’s best effort and repeats it consistently.
PTM also integrates the ZR1’s traction control, active handling and selective ride control systems to enhance race track driving consistency and overall performance. When full throttle is applied upon exiting a corner, it automatically manages acceleration dynamics.
The new PTM technology is the newest element that affirms the Corvette ZR1 is an American supercar with the technology and engineering refinement to take on the world’s best – but at a much lower price.
The ZR1’s highlights include:
- LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 rated at 638 horsepower (476 kW), and 604 lb.-ft. of torque (819 Nm)
- Six-speed, close-ratio, race-proven manual transmission
- High-capacity dual-disc clutch
- Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
- Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
- Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
- Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires – P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear – developed specifically for the ZR1
- Standard Brembo carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors – 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
- Blue-painted brake calipers
- Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
- Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual ports
- Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window – offering a view of the intercooler below it
- Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, visible carbon-fiber weave
- ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
- Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
- Curb weight of 3,333 pounds (1,512 kg).
The specialized components of the new ZR1 work harmoniously to deliver the most powerful and fastest automobile ever produced by General Motors. It has a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).
In addition to PTM, the following features are also new for 2010:
- Standard launch control
- Available Torch Red exterior color
- Available Cashmere interior color
- Available Competition Gray wheels.
Supercharged LS9 engine
The supercharged LS9 6.2L small-block engine is the power behind the ZR1’s performance. A sixth-generation Eaton supercharger helps the LS9 make big power and torque at lower rpm and carries it in a wide arc to 6,600 rpm, as it pushes enough air to help the engine maintain power through the upper levels of the rpm band – the area where supercharged performance tends to diminish. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components enable the engine’s confident high-rpm performance.
The Roots-type supercharger uses a unique, four-lobe rotor design. It is augmented with an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for maximum performance.
The LS9 is hand-assembled at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., and incorporates special processes typically seen in racing engines to produce a highly refined and precise product. For example, cast iron cylinder liners are inserted in the aluminum block and are finish-bored and honed with a deck plate installed. The deck plate simulates the pressure and minute dimensional variances applied to the block when the cylinder heads are installed. This ensures a higher degree of accuracy that promotes maximum cylinder head sealing, piston ring fit and overall engine performance.
Transmission and axle
The LS9 engine is backed by an upgraded, stronger six-speed manual transmission and a twin-disc clutch that provide exceptional clamping power, while maintaining an easy clutch pedal effort. ZR1-specific gearing in the transmission provides a steep first-gear ratio that helps launch the car, and top speed is achieved in sixth gear.
As the term implies, the twin-disc clutch system employs a pair of discs, which spreads out the engine’s torque load over a wider area. This enables tremendous clamping power when the clutch is engaged, while also helping to dissipate heat better and extend the life of the clutch.
The twin-disc clutch system also contributes to the ZR1’s exceptional driving quality, with smooth and easy shifting. The twin-disc system’s design allows higher torque capacity with inertia and pedal effort similar to the Corvette Z06. It enables a 25-percent reduction in inertia, thanks to smaller, 260-mm plates; the Corvette Z06’s uses a 290-mm single-disc system.
The rear axle also is stronger in the ZR1 and features asymmetrical axle-shaft diameters – 33 mm on the right side and 40 mm on the left – that were developed after careful testing to provide optimal torque management. The axles are mounted on a more horizontal plane that correlates with the wider width of the rear wheels and tires.
Ride and handling
The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent SLA front and rear suspensions, with aluminum upper and lower control arms. Where the ZR1 differs is the suspension tuning, which was optimized for the car’s steamroller-wide front and rear tires.
Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard and tuned specifically for the ZR1. The system’s ability to deliver a compliant ride with nearly instantaneous damping adjustments enabled engineers to develop a surprisingly supple ride quality in a supercar that still delivers cornering grip of more than 1g.
From a high-performance perspective, Magnetic Selective Ride Control helps the rear axle remain planted during launch for smooth, hop-free acceleration. It also helps suppress axle movement when cornering on broken or uneven pavement.
Brakes, wheels and tires
Commensurate with the ZR1’s engine output is the braking system, which is headlined by Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors. Found on only a few exotics and more expensive supercars, carbon-ceramic brake rotors are made of a carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic silicon carbide material . The advantages of these rotors are low mass and resistance to wear and heat. In fact, the rotors should never show corrosion or require replacement for the life of the vehicle, when used in normal driving.
The vented and cross-drilled rotors on the ZR1 measure 15.5 inches (394 mm) in diameter in the front and 15 inches (380 mm) in diameter in the rear – making them among the largest carbon-ceramic rotors available on any production vehicle.
Clamping down on the high-tech rotors are six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers, each painted a ZR1-exclusive blue. The brakes are visible through the ZR1’s exclusive wheels: 20-spoke alloy rims that measure 19 x 10 inches in diameter in the front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear. A Sterling Silver paint finish is standard; chrome and Competition Gray versions are optional. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires developed specifically for the ZR1, measuring P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear.
The ZR1 is instantly recognizable, with perhaps the most identifiable feature a raised, all-carbon-fiber hood that incorporates a clear, polycarbonate window. The window provides a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with the legend “LS9 SUPERCHARGED” embossed on the left and right sides, and an engine cover with the Corvette crossed flags logo debossed at the front.
The underside of the hood has a visible carbon-fiber-weave. Visible carbon-fiber is used on the roof, roof bow, rocker molding and front splitter. These exterior components are protected by a specially developed glossy, UV-resistant clear coat that resists yellowing and wear.
Widened, carbon-fiber front fenders with specific, dual lower ports; and a full-width, body-color rear spoiler incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp are also unique to the ZR1. All of the exterior features were developed to enhance high-speed stability and driver control.
The ZR1 interior builds on the brand’s dual-cockpit heritage, with high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality that support the premium-quality performance. The ZR1 cabin differs from the Corvette and Corvette Z06 with the following:
- ZR1-logo sill plates
- ZR1-logo headrest embroidery
- Specific gauge cluster with “ZR1” logo on the tachometer and a 220-mph (370 km/h) readout on the speedometer
- Boost gauge added to the instrument cluster and head-up display.
The standard ZR1 (RPO 1ZR) comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The uplevel interior package (RPO 3ZR) includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); Bose premium audio system; navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; power telescoping steering column; custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors; and more.
By the numbers
In addition to the exterior cues and powertrain, ZR1 models are distinguished from other Corvette models by their vehicle identification number, or VIN. Each carries a unique, identifying VIN digit, as well as a sequential build number. This makes it easy to determine the build number of a specific car – information treasured by enthusiasts and collectors. For example, a ZR1 with a VIN ending in “0150” would indicate it is the 150th ZR1 built for the model year.
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Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis recently took delivery of a new Corvette ZR1 in Bonstetten, Switzerland. The Prince is a descendant of one of Germany’s old and wealthy noble families and is an avid race car driver who currently drives a Lamborghini in the FIA GT European Championship and the GT3 Class with Reiter Engineering. Owning a Corvette ZR1 was reportedly a “must-have” for the Prince.
Prince Albert’s racing pedigree includes the current European Lamborghini Cup title, vice champion of the German ADAC GT Masters 2008 and a stint in the FIA GT European Championship behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. He also currently races with Reiter Engineering, using the German firmâ€™s GT3-class Lamborghini Gallardo race car. Despite his racing success, we understand the car will be used for personal driving as no plans have been announced to race the American super car.
Prince Albert joins the list of race car drivers who have purchased a 2009 Corvette ZR1. Other notable race car drivers include Mario Andretti, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
During his presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash last month, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan spoke about the move to the GT2 class and answered questions about the new Corvette ZR1-based GT2 C6.R. Doug is joined on stage with retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.
The most interesting news to come from the GT2 Q&A is that the new engine will come direct from GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI – the same facility that builds the engines for the Z06 and the ZR1 Corvette. Previously, the engines were supplied by Katech. The move to supply engines in-house means that there will be a greater opportunity for technology transfer from the racing program to the production Corvette.
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach
Corvette Racing: Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta
Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Bodyy
Witness the Hennessey Corvette ZR750 getting a serious workout on a track somewhere in Texas. We get a couple of high speed drivebys on the track before switching to an awesome slo-mo shot as the ZR750 rounds a corner at high speed. You can actually see the waves in the air caused by the exhaust in the background. Our only complaint is that it was too damn short.
The Corvette ZR1 “Hero Edition” was specially built by General Motors to honor the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero of the Month”, a child that has faced and overcome traumatic and life-changing circumstances with courage and spirit. This special edition ZR1 will be paired with a Black/Red 1967 Corvette 427/390 hp roadster and raffled off at the end of the year in the Win The Vette’s Corvette Dream Giveaway.
The Hero Edition serial #1 of 1 is the only Corvette ZR1 produced with red accents, special graphics, and additional carbon fiber components. Under the hood, the now-famous blue cowl covering the Eaton supercharged 638-horsepower LS9 V8 engine has been replaced with a one of a kind red version that can be seen through the hood’s polycarbonate window. One-of-a-kind emblems and embroidery confirm its unique place in automotive history.
Corvette Team Members Ray Krawczyk, Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter have all signed their names under the hood to further authenticate this 1 of 1 special edition Corvette.
Last year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway generated enough donations to fund the Hero Program for an entire year. The Kids Wish Network provides a “Hero” gift package to a deserving child at a monthly award ceremony at each participating hospital.
Tickets for the Corvette Dream Giveaway start at just $3. There is no cap on how many tickets will be sold and by purchasing more tickets, the price per ticket decreases while your odds of winning increase. The drawing for the two Corvettes will be held December 23rd and winners will be notified.
Most people never get to own a Corvette;
Few people will ever own a ZR1;
Only one person will ever own the Hero Edition
To enter the “Win The Vettes” raffle and help the heros of the Kids Wish Network, click here to purchase tickets or call 866-WIN-Both to speak with a representative.
There is a reason that new Corvette ZR1′s come with a free 2-day driving course at schools like Bondurant. There is a lot of power in the 638-hp supercharged Corvette and while there are many technological features designed to keep you in control, sometimes
shit happens that can be hard to do. While we don’t know the details of what happened to this Corvette ZR1, we did surmise the following:
Man stomps on accelerator, Corvette ZR1 gets sideways and whacks something really hard. Insurance covers accident and Corvette is put up for sale on eBay.
So we finally have come to the moment in the Corvette ZR1 timeline that we can check-off seeing the first damaged car being sold on eBay. VIN #00427 is a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 that looks like it took a hit to the driverâ€™s rear quarter panel. From the looks of things, that back wheel is gonna need a serious alignment.
The auction details tell of some of the damage:
The ZR1 in the auction does please with its ZR3 Premium Package and the low 1,227 miles on the odometer. So what does a slightly used, slightly damaged Corvette go for? The opening bid is $75,000 and there is a “buy-it-now” at $97,500.
The auction ends on May 12th. For details, check out the full auction listing on eBay.
During the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, preliminary production data for 2009 was released. Most interesting is the total 2009 model year production through April 21, 2009 which stands at 15,237. This is the lowest amount of Corvettes produced in a single model year since the 9,752 Corvettes built during the first year of the C5 Corvette in 1997 and 20,000 less than the 35,000 Corvette built in 2008. Also included in the report is the penetration for exterior colors as well as some of the more popular options.
|CC3 – Transparent Roof||17%|
|C2L – Dual Roof Pkg||13%|
|MX0 – 6-Speed Auto Paddle||67%||82%|
|F55 – Selective Ride Control||10%||34%|
|Z51 – Performance Package||37%||28%|
|U3U – Stereo/XM/Nav||27%||47%||77%|
|NPP – Dual Mode Exhaust||47%||57%|
|QG6 – Sparkle Silver||30%||15%|
|QG7 – Polished||17%||13%%|
|QX1 – Competition Gray||7%||3%|
|Q9V – Chrome||46%||57%|
|Q10 – Z06||10%|
|Q8A – Chrome||56%|
|Q6A – ZR1 Sterling Silver||20%|
|Q6B – ZR1 Chrome||80%|
As many of you know, 2009 will be the last year for Victory Red and Atomic Orange. Victory Red is being replaced by Torch Red, however Atomic Orange will not be replaced when production ceases on the 2009 Corvette. With the highest penetration of just 5% on the Corvette Coupe and just 2% of Corvette ZR1s wearing Atomic Orange, its easy to see why that color is being phased out.
During the Day 2 walk around at the Museum, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette ZR1 is on pace for about 1,400 units this year. Despite the assembly plant shutting several times this year, Tadge said GM continued to have suppliers manufacture and bank those critical parts needed for ZR1 production, so that when the assembly resumes after the plant has been idled, those critical parts are available.
National Corvette Museum
In addition to the new launch control system coming to all manual transmission Corvettes in 2010, there is another new feature coming exclusively to the Corvette ZR1. Called Performance Traction Management, the system integrates the Selective Ride, Traction Control and Active Handling systems and manages the vehicle’s acceleration based on the conditions and driver’s selection.
The Corvette Team re-engineered the ride control switch on the center console. The normal mode continues to give you the tour and sport adjustments on the shock absorbers, but switching into Competition Mode then brings up the Performance Traction Management. The ride control switch than illuminates to PTM Traction. Turning the switch then allows the driver to select the Traction mode.
Here are the five settings as outlined in the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash:
PTM Mode #1 – Wet
PTM Mode #2 – Dry
PTM Mode #3 – Sport
PTM Mode #4 – Sport
PTM Mode #5 – Race
Tadge says the system has show to be able to improve the times of pro-level drivers and so for skilled-level drivers, the PTM system “turns him into a hero”.
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[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Last week we introduced you to a new super car project from Stile Bertone that utilizes the chassis of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. This week, the finished Bertone Mantide made its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. The distinctly Italian super car features an aggressive look that you’ll either love or hate. Interestingly, Bertone keeps the polycarbonate window showcasing the ZR1′s 638-hp LS9 which reinforces our belief that its what’s inside that counts.
According to the press release, the Mantide promises even greater performance than the Corvette ZR1 due to significant weight savings and highly advanced aerodynamics. Carbon fiber was used everywhere – body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels – reducing the overall vehicle weight by 220 pounds (100 kilos). Bertone says these changes give the Mantide a 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.
Check out the press release below for more details:
Stile Bertone is proud to present the ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE one-off MANTIDE. Few, if any, automobiles have been as awe-inspiring as the show-stopping prototypes and “fuori serie” cars designed by Stile Bertone – the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero and the Lamborghini LP500 prototype to name just a few
Stile Bertone has a long history of creating one-off prototypes based on the mechanicals of Chevrolet’s sporting automobiles spanning over 50 years. Today, Stile Bertone is proud to utilize the mechanicals of the formidable 2009 Corvette ZR1. Employing know-how from the Le Mans winning Corvette C5R, the ZR1 is the greatest all-round performance car in the world, the undisputed “King of the Ring”, posting the fastest ever lap time for a true production car at 7:26:4 seconds on the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, long considered the benchmark for a car’s true performance. Mantide has been designed and fully engineered in collaboration with the renowned Danisi Engineering and aims to be the world’s greatest street legal performance car, wrapped in an iconic and radical Stile Bertone design.
Mantide’s futuristic design draws equal inspiration from modern aerospace and the world of Formula One. The iconic theme is clear to see: a teardrop-like fuselage which tightly encases the mechanicals and the passenger cell which is embraced by two prominent wrapping aerodynamic appendages. While shockingly bold and technical, Mantide’s unique design maintains a sensuality unique to Italian sports cars thanks to a futuristic interpretation of the classic Kamm Back two volume silhouette.
The aerospace inspired design aesthetic is further characterised by innovative yet beautiful forms which are fully driven by performance: the low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the numerous air inlets and exhausts for maximum air efficiency.
Mantide also boasts cutting edge aerodynamic performance fine-tuned in an advanced full scale wind tunnel. Features include a Le Mans prototype-derived flat floor and diffuser as well as “flying buttresses” which help to increase aero efficiency, guarantee a lower drag coefficient and greater levels of down force. The final aerodynamic results are class leading, with drag reduced by 25% (Cd 0.298) and a 30% improvement in down force. The Mantide not only delivers greater speed and stability, but also more efficiency and therefore lower fuel consumption.
The Mantide promises even greater performance than the ZR1, due to significant weight savings and its highly advanced aerodynamics. Using carbon fibre for all body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels, the overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 100 kilos. The result is a staggering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 351 kph (217mph) Safety and chassis rigidity have been increased with the incorporation of an FIA regulation triangulated roll cage, light-weight carbon fibre racing seats and 4pt racing harness for track use.
Stile Bertone invites you to follow Mantide on its year-long journey as it travels to major auto events around the globe at www.insideprojectm.com
Inside Project M