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Corvettes Make Strong Showing at Geneva Motor Show

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

2009 Corvette ZR1 at the Geneva Motor Show

Corvettes have a long history with Geneva Motor Show. Twenty years ago the famous motor show was used by General Motors as the launch point for the 1989 Corvette ZR-1. Earlier this month, Chevy was in Geneva again and they brought all four C6 Corvettes models to tour the Old World, and from all accounts, the C6s gave the Europeans a show.

American performance was on display as the entire Corvette lineup – Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1 – made their presence known. Whether at the show, on the road or at the track, stock or upgraded with Aftermarket Corvette parts, the latest C6 is a dominant force to be reckoned with on either continent.

Historically, the European stage has been dominated by the elite sports car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin. But GM has turned the tables and the gauntlet has been thrown down. The base coupe and convertibles now deliver up to 436 horsepower yet cost thousands less than the European establishment. The Corvette Z06 with its big 7.0 liter LS7 V8 is the quintessential American – loud, brash and fast. The widebody styling that flows seamlessly from the front fascia, to the ground effects to the signature Z06 wheels is a true testament to the marriage of style and performance.

But the real show-stopper at the GM stand in Geneva in 2009 was the all new Corvette ZR1. Making its European debut a year earlier at the 2008 Geneva show, this supercar-slaying Corvette totes a relatively hefty price tag compared to its siblings of $105,000 for an entry-level ZR1. But with that price tag you get the most powerful and fastest sports car ever produced by GM. Based on the already impressive Z06, the ZR1′s power-to-weight ratio is better than other noteworthy superstars like the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640.

When gazing at the Corvette ZR1, lucky onlookers might catch a glimpse of the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 through the polycarbonate window on the ZR1′s hood. With the carbon fiber chin spoiler and hood scoop, most aficionados agree it’s worthy of the same respect as a work of fine art. In fact, it’s almost a crime to put a Corvette cover over it. Catching a glimpse of the ZR1 is a must, because this is Corvette history in the making.

So the Geneva Motor Show wrapped it up for another year. The 2009 Corvettes on display will be transported to other shows and then eventually sold, and Europeans will have to wait until next year to see the newest Corvettes.

Sponsored by: Corvette Guys
Photo Credit: trollpowersaab @ Flickr.com

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Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

In the video presentation from GM Road Race Manager Steve Wesoloski at Sebring, we got an update on the building of the GT2 Corvette. Steve said the following that should put a smile on any Corvette Racing fan: “They (Pratt & Miller) hung the body last week… It’s a ZR1 body. At the doors, it’s got flares front and rear to fit the racing wheels and tires. I got to tell you that it looks more aggressive than the C6.R. But It looks purposeful, it doesn’t look gaudy and it fits that class.”

We turned to BadBoyVettes.com to begin our “GT2 Watch” and sure enough, Eddie and the boys have offered a preview of what the GT2 Corvette might look like with the above cad rendering of a ZR1-based GT2. Gone of course is the hood with the polycarbonate window. Wesoloski says the GT2 will be powered by the LS7 destroked to 6 liters this year and next year the rules require another step down to 5.5 liters. Wesoloski says Pratt & Miller will be using an LS3 modified to 5.5 liters with output of around 500 horsepower to reach those goals.

Stay tuned for more GT2 news as it comes available.



Source:
BadBoyVettes.com

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Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels Now Available

by Keith Cornett on March 17, 2009

Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels on a C5 Z06

Transform your Corvette by adding a set of the same style of wheels found on the baddest Corvette ever made – the 2009 supercharged ZR1. These triple plated chrome wheels from Ecklers will set your Corvette apart from the others without breaking the bank. And if you drive a C4 or C5 Corvette, the same aggressive looks of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 wheel can be yours as well.

Ecklers replica Corvette ZR1 wheels come in triple plated chrome with a beautiful mirror finish. A center cap is included and no cores are necessary. All Corvette ZR1 wheels come with a 3-year manufacturer’s limited warranty on the chrome finish.

For C6 Corvettes:

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[VIDEO] All-Electric 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on March 10, 2009

 All-Electric 2009 Corvette ZR1

Your environmentally-responsible friends will be “green” with envy when you blow by them in the all new 2009 Electric Corvette ZR1. At least that is the premise behind this funny spoof put together by Michael Brown’s Vette Collection’s TV show.

With General Motors hanging on by its fingernails and oil prices as unstable as the whole world’s economy, maybe this will be the ‘stimulus’ to return GM to profitability!


Source:
YouTube via eGMCarTech

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1989 Corvette ZR-1

The scene is eerily familiar, yet we are talking about an event that happened twenty years ago today. After months of dodging spy photographers with the automotive magazines eager to capture a new supercar in the works, General Motors took the world by storm with the unveiling of the 32-valve 375 horsepower Corvette ZR-1 at the 1989 Geneva Auto Show.

The new ZR-1 represented Corvette’s return to the high performance automotive arena after decades of languishing under emission standards, reduced power and a corporate mentality that seemed to have no interest in further developing one of the most storied names in automotive history. And like the new 2009 Corvette ZR1, the heart of 1989 Corvette ZR-1 was what made this car special: The all-aluminum 32-valve 4 overhead cam LT5 V8.

Developed in conjunction with Lotus Cars of England and assembled by hand at Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the LT5 represented a technological leap for Corvette. With 375 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque on board, the Corvette ZR-1 could run 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds and had a top speed over 175 mph.

After the unveiling in Geneva, General Motors invited a select group of media from around the world to drive the Corvettes from Geneva to the walled city of Carcasonne in the southwest corner of France. A stop at the Goodyear test track in Mireval, France gave GM the opportunity to show off its new supercar’s performance and abilities in a series of high-speed cornering and wet-pavement tests.

The media fell in love with the new Corvette and the ZR-1 was on the cover of virtually every magazine in the world. This initial hype fueled demand and when the Corvette ZR-1 went on sale in September 1989, dealers were selling the new car for $10,000-$20,000 above the MSRP of nearly $60,000. Many collectors who purchased the Corvette had no intention of driving them, but to store them as a future classic.

The Corvette ZR-1 program lasted six years and during that time, the LT5s power was bumped from 375 to 405 hp. Almost 7,000 Corvette ZR-1s were built during those six years. The last “King of the Hill” rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky with great fanfare in April 1995. Residing today at the National Corvette Museum, the Torch Red Corvette sports a windshield banners that reads “The Legend Lives”.


Source:
GMnext

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[VIDEO] John Heinricy Drives the Hennessey Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on February 25, 2009

John Heinricy Drives Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

As the resident consulting engineer and test driver for Hennessey Performance, former GM performance guru John Heinricy gets to get behind the wheel of some serious vehicles. In this latest video, Heinricy does a warm up lap at MSR Houston with Hennessey’s latest Corvette creation, the 705 hp 2009 Hennessey Corvette ZR700.

With 705 hp under the hood, the Hennessey ZR700 is seen hitting speeds of 145 mph. On this day, Heinricy logs over 125 track miles and recorded a best lap of 1:38.4 seconds on the 2.3 mile road course.

Hennessey Performance introduced the ZR700 last month with great fanfare and a series of stats that would put a smile on any Corvette owner. One of the first tuner upgrades of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1 to come to market, the Hennessey ZR700 features 705 horsepower and 717 lbs-foot of torque. The ZR700 runs the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. Estimated top speed is 212 mph.


Source:
Hennessey Performance

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February 2009′s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

by Keith Cornett on February 21, 2009

February 2009's Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

I got up this Saturday morning at 6am to make this month’s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry in St. Petersburg. The temperature was a brisk 45 degrees and so with the top up and heat on, I cruised across the Gandy Bridge and found a parking spot among the 100+ cars already parked.

Corvettes as usual were out in force today. A couple of Callaway Corvettes were brought in from Dimmitt Chevrolet and there was a custom black C3 Corvette that was just beautiful. But the highlight for me was seeing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 in the flesh for the first time. I must have stood in front of that car for 20 minutes admiring every detail. I still can’t get over how big the ceramic brakes are in person. Freakin huge!

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In addition to the numerous Corvettes, there was everything from a couple Nissan GTRs, Audi R8′s and several Lambos in attendance. The Smart Car crowd was out as well with five or six member cars parked.

Starting around 8:30am, the cars start heading for the exit and a crowd gathers to watch the various sports cars burn rubber as drivers do some harmless showing off. After seeing a Mustang driver get a little swervy on the service road, I heard one guy remark “There’s sideways and then there’s stupid!”

Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry is held the third Saturday each month in St. Petersburg.


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Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

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Corvette ZR1 LS9 Crate Motor Priced at $21,000

by Keith Cornett on February 19, 2009

The 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8

GM Performance Parts teased us during 2008′s SEMA show about the coming availability of an LS9 crate engine and yesterday we received word that the heart of the ZR1 is now available through GM dealers. MRSP for the 6.2L Supercharged ZR1 V8 is listed at $28,000 with the GM dealer price set at $21,000.

The 6.2L LS9 is rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. A limited 24 month/50,000 mile limited warranty is included.

The package comes fully dressed including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and the dry-sump oil pan. The external oil and cooling tanks as well as an ECU/wire harness are not included. Also not included is the Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” engine cover. GM Performance Parts does plan to release a LS9 controller kit and a front accessory drive kit later in 2009.

From the GM Performance Parts Catalog:

The most powerful regular-production engine ever from GM! The New LS9 6.2L supercharged – the standard engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – is a technology marvel that holds the distinction of being the most powerful regular-production engine ever offered in a GM car. It helps propel the 3,324 pound ZR1 from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and through the quarter-mile in an astonishing 11.3 seconds at 131 mph – all the way to a top speed of 205 mph! Those stats make the ZR1 not only the most powerful car ever from GM, but the quickest and fastest, too! GM Performance Parts is thrilled to offer the LS9 6.2L in a fully dresses crate engine package. And while it shares the 6.2L displacement of other LS engines, this one is unique, with stronger block casting, stronger cylinder head castings and steel cylinder liners that are honed with a deck plate installed to maximize performance and cylinder seating. High-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, including titanium intake vales and connecting rods, are used along with high-flow cylinder heads that flow the charge forced on them by sixth-generation supercharger. A revised, higher-helix design delivers greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power whether off-idle or at speed. A dual-brick charge cooler is integrated on a unique manifold system that mounts the “blower” in the engine’s valley, with charge cooler on top.

Click here to view the GM Performance Parts 6.2L LS9 Crate Engine Catalog Page.


Source:
GM Performance Parts via YourAutoStuff.com

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Hennessey Unleashes the 705hp Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2009

Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

For some the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower is simply not enough. Hennessey Performance solves that problem with their latest creation, the Corvette ZR700. An extensive list of bolt-ons and a custom tune unleash the fury of the ZR1 by boosting horsepower to 705 and torque to 717lb-ft. The numbers are awe-inspiring.

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR700 rips through the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. The estimated top speed is 212 mph.

To squeeze the extra performance out of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9, Hennessey increases the supercharger boost from 11psi to 14psi and then adds a K&N air filter, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters, upgrades the intercooler system and finishes up with a dyno test and tune session. Watch the Corvette ZR700′s quarter mile run at Lonestar Motorsports Park:

If the 705 hp ZR700 isn’t enough for you, Hennessey adds even more upgrades and goes into the engine with high flow cylinder heads and an agressive cam shaft that boosts horsepower to an astonishing 755.


Source:
Hennessey via MotorAuthority.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.

The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.

2009 World Performance Car finalists:

  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI

The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.


Source:
Jalopnik

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