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The 2009 Corvette ZR1

We know they like to do things big in Texas, but one Chevrolet dealer in Houston has gone all out by pricing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 on eBay for $185,000. With a retail price listed at $115,000 with options, that’s $70,000 over MRSP. We’re trying to call in to Suze Orman’s show for her advice but I have a feeling I’d hear that shrill voice scream out “I Don’t Think So!”

Mac Haik Chevrolet has the 2009 Corvette ZR1 listed on ebay until April 14th with a “Buy It Now” price. The description says the Corvette will be delivered to the dealer in mid-September and the color is black on black. Since the MSRP is listed at $115,000 we’re assuming it has premium 3ZR option package.

Mac Haik Chevrolet isn’t alone in agressively pricing their 2009 Corvette ZR1s for ebay. Two other Texas dealerships have their ZR1s listed at prices above $150,000 as well. Frank Parra Autoplex has one listed for $167,000 while Don Hewkett Chevrolet has their “buy it now” priced at $158,000.

Dealers are certainly entitled to sell the Corvette ZR1 for what they think they can get for it, however when going the eBay route we prefer to see pricing starting at MSRP and then let the market set the sales price. Dealers can still protect themselves with a reserve. However, this process of super high “buy-it-now” take-it-or-leave-it pricing is a bit unseemly and reinforces the “we’re out to screw consumers” image that most dealers work so hard to avoid.

Jut my two cents. I could be wrong…


Source:
eBay via Jalopnik

Related:
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Corvette ZR1: GM Releases Official Pricing
[VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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The Suze Orman Show

Flipping through the channels over the weekend, I came across this little gem on a cable tv show. A viewer named Dan calls into The Suze Orman Show on CNBC and asks the financial diva if he can afford to buy the 2009 Corvette ZR1. In this same segment, Orman approves a $6,000 ring and a pair of $900 high heel shoes so why not grant Dan “the man” his dream car? But before Judge Orman rules, Dan has to present an overview of his finances. Watch the video after the jump.

Dan, seriously…calling into a financial talk show and asking permission to buy your dream car? Do what you want to do, and good luck finding a Corvette ZR1 at $120,000.


Source:
CNBC

Related:
Corvette ZR1: GM Releases Official Pricing
[VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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Europeans To Pay Over $214,000 for a 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2008

The 6.2L Supercharged Corvette ZR1 at the Nurburgring

If you are in the market for Corvette ZR1, be thankful you live in the States where the new King of the Hill will retail for $105,000. Yes, we know dealers are adding upwards of $50,000 to the price of each new ZR1, but even at $150,000 its still a bargain compared to the recently announced European sticker price that effectly doubles the price of the ZR1.

Dutch importer Kroymans, the company that handles the sales of Corvettes in Europe, has set the price for the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 at 136,000 Euros. At current exchange rates, that translates into $214,146.64 US Dollars. As in the US, buyers will be treated to a driver’s training course that’s included in the price. “There is a huge demand for this car,” Kroymans spokesman Dick Braakhekke said. “It offers great performance at a relatively low price.”

Only 70 Corvette ZR1s are expected to be exported to Europe this year and only 150 Corvette ZR1s are targeted for during the full 2009 model year. Out of an expected model year run of 2,000 units, that’s a very small percentage. Last year 1,244 Corvettes were sold in Europe.


Source
Auto Week

Related:
Corvette ZR1: GM Releases Official Pricing
[VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
[VIDEO] Official Video of Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nürburgring Lap

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Dave Ressler at the Corvette Assembly Plant

Dave Ressler, Chevrolet Dealer and the world’s first 2009 ZR1 owner talks about his new Corvette and his now-famous $1 million dollar donation to the United Way of Southeast Michigan. GMNext takes us inside the Corvette assembly plant where we see the LeMans Blue #0001 Corvette ZR1 roll off the assembly line, performance tested and then moved to a special display with one of Dave’s other Corvettes, 1953′s #003.

Ressler calls his ZR1 a “Corvette Z06 on Steroids” and that “it’s just that much of a better car”. Dave has been selling Chevys for thirty years and isn’t just towing the company line. It’s great to see that puts his own money into a car he believes in.

Sources:
GMNext.com

Related:
[VIDEO] First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Delivered to Million Dollar Bidder
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson 08: 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
#003 1953 Corvette Sells for 1 Million Dollars

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The first 2009 Corvette ZR1 rolls off the assembly line

Chevrolet Dealer and Corvette Collector Dave Ressler was in Bowling Green yesterday to accept delivery of the first retail 2009 Corvette ZR1. Ressler is well known for buying the 6.2 liter supercharged Corvette at January’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $1 million. The special one of a kind Corvette features a unique VIN and will be the only one painted LeMans Blue.

Ressler was in the driver’s seat as the Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Next to him was his 10 month old grand daughter named Ayden Lynn who honked the horn a couple times during the event. The Corvette had a personalized license plate that read “Ayden Lynn” and Ressler referred to the ZR1 several times as his “granddaughter’s car”.

Back in January during the Barrett-Jackson auction, it was very much apparent that Ressler intended to be the high bidder of the Corvette ZR1, raising the bids in $100,000 increments and then sealing the deal at $900,000 by raising his own bid an additional $100,000 to make the gavel fall at $1 Million dollars.

The amount of money over the MSRP, estimated to be at $103,300 – $117,000 depending on options, will go to the United Way of Southeast Michigan.

After the Corvette was performance tested, it was parked outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant next to Ressler’s other well-known Corvette, the #003 1953 Corvette which, coincidentally, he paid $1 Million for at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction back in 2006. “I’m proud to have the oldest Corvette along with the newest, best ‘Vette yet,” said Ressler.

Ressler plans to have the Corvette ZR1 trailered back to his home in Bozeman, Montana and put in his museum, where he already has 45 other Corvettes.

Sources:
WBKO.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson 08: 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
#003 1953 Corvette Sells for 1 Million Dollars

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the LutzRing

Yesterday, GM had some of the media out to its proving grounds in Milford to ride and drive in the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 and despite the fact that embargos were in place, several videos of the event are already making the rounds. Driving the Corvettes is Jim Mero, the GM Development Engineer who drove the new King of the Hill around the Nurburgring’s 13 mile course in 7:26.4.

Jim was one of the designers for what the test drivers call the LutzRing, a high speed road course at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds that’s nicknamed after GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. Despite knowing the course like the back of his hand, he does manage to appear human by knocking over some of the cones set up. He jokes that the “cones don’t apply him” which is quite funny when you’re doing 120 and can’t see over the next hill.


This video features WXYZ-TV’s Mary Conway riding shotgun with Jim Mero. And for the first time, we actually get to see more of Jim than his hands on the steering wheel as he appears on camera talking about the ZR1.


Finally, WWJ Newsradio 950′s Jeff Gilber goes for a high speed run around the LutzRing and the in-car video shows that he’s clearly uncomfortable with the speeds and G-forces that Jim Mero subjects him too.


After watching the videos, I pulled up Milford, Michigan on Google Earth and here is a satellite photo of the LutzRing. Amazingly, this is but one section of the entire Milford Proving Grounds area.


Source:
Motive Magazine
VetteTube.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Official Video of Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nürburgring Lap

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[VIDEO] 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine Build

by Keith Cornett on July 17, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1's LS9 V8 Engine

Automobile Magazine gets to tag along with Master Engine Builder Bruce Blomfield as he assembles one of the first production 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 engines at GM’s Performance Build Center. Each of the supercharged 638 hp LS9s are assembled by hand and the entire process takes about four and a half hours. Video after the jump.


Source:
AutomobileMag via Jalopnik

Related:
Corvette ZR1′s Supercharged LS9 Nominated for Engine of the Year Award
[VIDEO] GM Releases Official Corvette ZR1 Specs: 638 hp and 205 mph

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring

The Corvette ZR1′s Nürburgring lap time of 7:26.4 last month has indelibly cemented the fact that this is the fastest Corvette ever produced by General Motors. Driven by GM Development Engineer Jim Mero, the Corvette ZR1 ran a blistering lap with speeds approaching 180 mph on the 12.9 mile, 100 corner Nordschleife besting the previous fastest Corvette, a Z06 driven in 2005 by Jan Magnussen by nearly 17 seconds. The video of this historic run was released this afternoon by GM and can be viewed after the jump.

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has finally made public the much anticipated Nürburgring lap time by the 2009 Corvette ZR1. On the morning of Friday, June 27th, GM Development Engineer Jim Mero drove the 2009 Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4. The entire post from Tadge is after the jump.

I know many people have been very interested in how fast the ZR1 would be at the Ring…

Most car enthusiasts are quite familiar with the Nürburgring. Built in the 1920’s near Cologne, Germany, “the Ring” is considered to be the toughest and most challenging race track in the world.

Over the last two weeks, we have been doing our final tuning and testing there before we start ZR1 production cars. This morning (Friday June 27), General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove the Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4.

Jim commented after the lap that conditions were good except for a strong headwind down the main straight and that the lap was solid, but he felt there were a few places he could have gone faster.

The car was bone stock with the exception of the communications and safety equipment. The tires were production Michelin Pilot Sport 2’s. These tires have been developed specifically for the ZR1 and will have impressive wet traction and wear (tread wear rating = 220), in addition to excellent dry road holding. Chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory specs. Likewise, the engine calibrations were absolutely stock, emissions compliant and the car ran on pump (not racing) fuel. The vehicle was exactly like the cars that will be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and sold around the world later this summer.

Despite posting one of the fastest times ever run by a production car, Nürburgring lap times were not an over-riding priority in the development of the ZR1. The truth is, if the only priority was speed at the ring, the car would not be very pleasant to drive on American roads. The ZR1 is an incredibly capable track machine, but unlike most ultra-high performance cars, it is very easy to live with on a daily basis.

The timed lap was run with a rolling start, a departure from our previous practice of standing starts. This is more aligned with current industry practice. The lap was electronically timed and confirmed with two hand-held stopwatches. An in-car video will be posted when the engineering team returns from Germany. Look for it the week of July 7!

The time falls in the range where most observers thought it would, and we are left to wonder what the outcome would have been if the Corvette ZR1 had been driven by Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen, who lapped the ‘ring in the Corvette Z06 with a time of 7:42.9. The ZR1′s 7:26.4 is faster than the Nissan GT-R’s time of 7:29.03 but 1.4 seconds behind the unofficial 7:25 run by the GT-R V-Spec.

As Tadge mentioned, a video of the run is forthcoming. In the meantime, this video was just posted by the guys at BridgetoGantry.com. Because Tadge doesn’t mention whether or not the ZR1 had the track to themselves, and the video shows another car on the track, we’re unsure if this clip is actually from this morning’s 7:26.4 run.

A complete list of Nürburgring lap times can be found at wikipedia.


Source:
GMnext.com
BridgetoGantry.com

Related:
Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring
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2009 Corvette ZR1

RM Auctions announced that its Sports & Classics of Monterey Auction will feature a new 2009 Corvette ZR1 to benefit the Texas non-profit relief agency GRACE. The Monterey auction will take place August 15-16 at the Portola Hotel and Spa and coincides with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. RM’s Monterey auction is one of the largest classic and exotic car auctions in the country. Last year’s Sports and Classics auction saw 190 cars sell for $46 million including 10 Corvettes that combined for just over $1 million in sales.

This will be the second time that the Corvette ZR1 has been featured at a high profile public auction with the proceeds benefiting a charity. Earlier this year, car dealer Dave Ressler paid $1 million dollars at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction to own the first retail Corvette ZR1. Our video of that auction auction is below:

The Corvette ZR1 that will be offered at Monterey is Victory Red and is provided by RM Auctions in association with the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet. The GRACE charity provides the food, clothing and other assistance to people in emergency situations.

With the Corvette ZR1s hitting the open market, we doubt this auction will generate a selling price anywhere near the Barrett-Jackson auction. Still, this could be a great opportunity for a well-healed buyer to not only become one of the first Corvette ZR1 owners in the country, but do some good for the neighborhood in the process.

Auction details can be found at RM Auctions.


Source:
Inside Line

Related:
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
Corvettes Bring in $2.5 Million During Monterey Auctions

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