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Blue Devil / ZR1

The 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8

On May 7th, 62 renowned motoring journalists from 30 countries will gather at the Engine Expo 2008 in Stuttgart Germany to cast their ballots for “The International Engine of the Year Award”. Competition is always stiff and for engineers of the respective nominees, bragging rights for winning the world’s best engine is the crowning achievement following years of development and testing.

Corvette’s 6.2L Supercharged LS9 has been an internet sensation since the first spy photos of the ZR1 were published. Early on in the LS9′s development, GM’s engineers targeted 100 horsepower per liter and the engine is currently billed as producing 620 total horsepower and 595 pounds of torque. But the signature feature of the LS9 is the engine’s ability of creating more power at lower RPM’s. The engine produces 300 hp at 3,000 rpm. Those in the know say that as horsepower rises the torque curve just keeps going up with no sign of leveling.

But the LS9 will have some steep competition if it looks to bring home the Engine of the Year Award from Stuttgart. The Internet’s newest sensation, the Nissan GT-R, has its 3.8L twin turbo V6 is in the running as well as Mitsubishi’s 2.0L twin turbo I4 (Mitsubishi EVO X), Audi’s 5.2L V10 (Audi S8) and BMW’s 4.0L V8 (BMW M3).

Ballots will be counted on May 7th and we’re pulling for our boys from GM and their spectacular 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8 engine.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
[VIDEO] How It Works: Inside The Corvette ZR1′s Eaton Supercharger
Corvette ZR1′s Chassis and LS9 Engine Cutaway Displays
The 6.2L LS9 V8: Heart of the 2009 Corvette ZR1

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Plasan's ZR1 Carbon Fiber DisplayPlasan, the supplier of the carbon fiber body panels for the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 gives us a cool illustration of exactly how much each of their parts weigh and the results are rather surprising. The vertical wall display shows the panels hanging against a full size cad wire drawing of the new Corvette hotness with each of the parts “installed”. Click the photo for a larger display.

  • Hood: 12 Pounds
  • Fender: 4 Pounds
  • Roof: 13 Pounds
  • Roof Bow: 3 Pounds
  • Rocker Panel: 1 Pound
  • Front Splitter: 1 Pound

Add up the weights (accounting for 2 fenders and 2 rocker panels) and we’re still under 40 pounds. After seeing the display, it makes you wonder what the weight savings would be if the ZR1′s complete exterior was done in Carbon Fiber. Of course, that would drive the price of the uber-vette even higher as the General would need more of that $60,000/gallon carbon fiber coating to protect the panels from harmful UV rays.

Sources:
Jalopnik.com

Related:
Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring

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New Paint Chips Revealed for 2009 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 13, 2008

New 2009 Corvette Paint Chips

As we get closer to the unveiling of the 2009 Corvettes at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash later this month, we’re learning more about the changes – both deletions and additions – that will accompany next year’s Corvette model. CorvetteConti.com has posted an image showing the two new exterior colors: Cyber Grey Metallic which we all know from December’s unveiling of the Corvette ZR1, and Blade Silver which will replace the popular Machine Silver. The other colors shown are not Corvette colors, but check out that Summer Yellow and tell me it doesn’t remind you of War Bonnet Yellow.

Many might not realize but Machine Silver was the third most popular color on the 2007 Corvette, following only Black and Victory Red as the exterior color of choice. In fact, since its inception on the last of the C5 Corvettes in 2004, Machine Silver has consistently ranked as one of the top colors with each model year, besting fan favorites LeMans Blue and Velocity Yellow. Machine Silver has been listed as a production constraint over the last few weeks and is now officially discontinued.

The new color, Blade Silver (RPO Code 17U) appears to be slightly darker than Machine Silver based on the chip, but we all know that to judge a color correctly, it must be seen on the car and outdoors.

The two new colors are available on all four 2009 Corvette Models: Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1.

We’ll have more on what’s new with the 2009 Corvette in the coming days. In the meantime, you can download the 65 page 2009 Corvette Ordering Guide.

Sources:
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Image Gallery

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Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring

by Keith Cornett on April 9, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

It’s been a while since we used the word “Spied” and “ZR1″ in a headline, but that is exactly what was caught on the Nordschleife portion of the Nürburgring in Germany last week. BridgeToGantry.com photographed the Blue Devil sporting a most interesting exterior color as it put its 620 horses to ground on one of the most famous road courses in the world.

Edmunds.com has an exclusive video of the Corvette ZR1 at Nürburgring. The report is that ZR1 is turning laps in the low “1:40s” (Don’t they mean 7:40s?) and times should improve as the track conditions have been a bit on the damp side.

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

GM has an “Any Time Any Where” mentality when it comes to running the Corvette ZR1 on public tracks, having shocked the auto world back in October with a couple of hotlaps around Laguna Seca. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter boasts the ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world. It’s no doubt that the ZR1 has something to prove – can she compete with the fastest production cars to lap the ‘ring? Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen lapped the track in a Corvette Z06 back in 2005 with a time of 7:42.9. Nissan GT-R claimed a best lap time of 7:38.54 back in September 2007 while a Porsche Carrera GT lapped the ‘ring back in 2004 with a time of 7:28.

This story is about to go global with ramifications from Nürburg to Detroit and points in between. As official lap times are released, CorvetteBlogger.com will have them here for you.


Source:
BridgeToGantry.com
Edmunds.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Eight 2009 Corvette ZR1′s Spotted in Bowling Green
Take a Hot Lap Around Laguna Seca in the 2009 Corvette ZR1

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Imagine spending a day at the National Corvette Museum, soaking up the lore that is the Chevrolet Corvette. Stopping by the Wendy’s across the road from the Corvette Assembly Plant, you spot eight colorful C6 Corvettes. On closer inspection you realize that these aren’t just ordinary Corvettes (no such thing!) but the new 2009 Corvette ZR1s. That happened yesterday to YouTube user Blade3562 and he created the following video slideshow:

Comments from Blade3562:

I saw these guys today when i went to the Corvette Plant. this is not fake in any way shape or form, these cars were seen at the Wendys across the road from the Corvette Plant before they left for Michigan.

Each of the Corvettes were numbered and the count was: 3 Red, 3 Yellow and 1 Blue. Corvette #6 was not seen in the video. Included in the group appears to be the Corvette ZR1 mule that ran at Monterey last October. We are making that assumption based on the camo hood cover. We had heard that several preproduction Corvette ZR1s were being built and in all likelihood they will be used for further testing.


Source:
YouTube.com

Related:
Friday’s Featured Corvette For Sale: 2009 Corvette ZR1
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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2009 Corvette ZR1

Today is kind of fun because I get to combine two of my favorite subjects into one post. I love looking at Corvettes for sale and its always fun when I can bring something unique to the table. I also will follow just about any news story that revolves around the 2009 Corvette ZR1. So its big news for us to announce that our Corvette classifieds website VetteFinders.com has received its first ad for the 2009 Corvette ZR1.

The 6.2L Supercharged Corvette is being offered by Jim “Z” of Spitzer Chevrolet in Amherst, Ohio. Jim placed the ad earlier this week and the Corvette has already received a ton a page views and requests for additional information. The ZR1 is being offered as a “You Build” model and carries a price tag of $100,000 + market adjustment. That adjustment will cover the actual cost of the Corvette which has yet to be officially released, as well as provide a cushion for the dealer based on demand for the car.

This is only the second such ad we’ve seen for the 2009 Zr1. Last week we reported about the guy trying to finance his purchase by selling two ZR1′s on CraigsList.com for $350,000 each.

Most of the larger dealerships with have an allocation (or two) for the Corvette ZR1. The ordering window for the ZR1 opens on May 29t and its our belief that these Corvettes will sell pretty quickly so you would do best to get your name on a list now. Click here to view Jim’s Corvette ZR1 ad at VetteFinders.com or contact our friends at Kerbeck Chevrolet and ask Dave how to get on the ZR1 waiting list.


Source:
VetteFinders.com

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Hits CraigsList for $350,000
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Hits CraigsList for $350,000

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

We’ve heard over and over again that the MSRP for the 620 hp 2009 Corvette ZR1 should be around $100,000. We also know that when the first ZR1 hit the open market back in January at Barrett-Jackson, it sold for 10 times that amount. So we can’t blame some guy in LA who placed an ad on the free classifieds website Craiglist to advertise the sale of two 2009 Corvette ZR1′s with a considerable market adjustment price of $350,000 each:

yes i have guaranteed myself to get three but only selling two who wants one ?dont wait till this summer there are only 2000 being made price will go up SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

Will demand for the 2000 or so Corvette ZR1s expected to be produced in 2009 live up to the hype and create a secondary market that hasn’t been seen since the introduction of the 1978 Corvette Pace Car 30 years ago? Jay Leno said during his introduction of the ZR1 at Barrett Jackson that he was the president of the “More Money Than Brains” club. Our craigslist seller might just be a member as well…


Source:
Craiglist via Jalopnik.com

Related:
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
Dealer Attempts Sale of Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette On eBay

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The Corvette ZR1's Eaton Supercharger

Yesterday’s excellent AutoBlog video with GM Small Block Assistant Chief Engineer Ron Meegan took us inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine. From that presentation we learned why engineer’s started with the base Corvette’s 6.2 Liter LS3 engine vs. the 7.0 Liter LS7 found in the Z06, as well as the various components that were upgraded to fulfill the quest of 100 horsepower per liter. Little did we know that video would be followed up with parts two and three, taking us further into the inner workings of the supercharger that powers the new King of the Hill. More after the jump.

Part two focuses on the Eaton Supercharger and Meegan again clearly explains how the 4-lobe supercharger works and the challenges GM engineer’s faced with mating it to Corvette’s 6.2Liter V8. Part three concludes the series with Meegan discussing the differences between the supercharged 6.2L V8′s found in the new Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan and the Corvette ZR1.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
[VIDEO] How It Works: Inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 Engine
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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AutoBlog.com had the opportunity to talk with GM’s Assistant Chief of Small Blocks Ron Meegan who takes us step by step through the 6.2 Liter LS9 engine that will power the new Corvette ZR1. Ron tells us right from the start how engineers were targeting the 100 horsepower per liter mark and therefore why the decision was made to use the 6.2L engine vs the ZO6′s 7.0L LS7.

But perhaps the most informative part of the video is how Meegan gives us an engineer’s overview of specifically how the Eaton Supercharger was integrated into the 6.2L engine as well as the lengths GM’s engineers had go to strengthen the various components to be able to withstand the output of 620 horsepower.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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GM Announces Production Dates for 2008/2009 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on February 13, 2008

GM has released to dealers the following dates regarding the end of production for 2008 Corvettes as well as the beginning of production for the 2009 model year:

The 2008 model year for Corvette will come to a close on June 20th with the sold order cut-off date set for April 25th. These dates are for all body styles: Coupe, Convertible and Z06. If you’re still looking to place an order for a 2008 Corvette, you better get moving now.

More exciting is the dates for production of the 2009 model year Corvette. For Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvettes, the startup date for production is planned for June 23rd. ZR1 Corvette production is expected to start three weeks later on July 14th.

What’s interesting about the 2009 model is how little we know about any changes in the works. We do know about two new colors: Cyber Gray and rumored new “blade” silver. We also have hints that a 2009 wheel will make its debut early on the Z44 “427″ Edition Z06. It could just be that after the mid cycle upgrades presented on the 2008 Corvette, the only changes in store for 2009 are paint and wheels.

The four models will be introduced to the Corvette public at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash

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