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Blue Devil / ZR1

Word on the street is that the Jalops have entered the Witness Protection Program since publishing photos last night of the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s supercharged LS9 power plant. The high quality of the photos has the Jalops a bit worried about receiving a visit from GM’s Men in Black. With the public debut planned for January’s Detroit auto show, the General can’t be too happy having their promotional photos splashed across the interwebs this far out. The good news? We get to bring them to you without having to run for our lives.

2009 Corvette ZR1's supercharged LS9 power plant
Visit Jalopnik.com to see all the photos of the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine.
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More Corvette ZR-1 Video from Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on November 7, 2007

Our friends at Winding Road have posted another look at the Corvette ZR-1 that took Laguna Seca by storm two weeks ago. This video captures the sound of the Corvette as it rounds a couple of turns.


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LeftLaneNews Details GM’s LS Engine Plans

by Keith Cornett on October 31, 2007

Leftlanenews.com did a query of their sources at GM to provide a detailed look of future plans for GM’s LS engines. For our purposes, we’ll cover the three that have implications for Corvette: The LS7, LS8 and LS9. The LS7
The LS7 is a naturally aspirated 7.0 liter motor and is the current top of the line performance engine for GM, appearing exclusively in the Corvette Z06. It is hand built at GM’s Wixom Performance Center, and therefore very expensive to make. The LS7′s days are numbered according to Leftlanenews sources, ceasing production sometime during late 2009 or mid-2010. Previous rumors of the Cadillac CTS-V getting the LS7 appear to be false. Instead, the performance Cadillac sedan will get the new LSA motor next year with the Corvette Z06 upgrading to the supercharged small block LS8 in 2010. The LS8
The LS8 is a 6.2 liter smallblock V8 with a supercharger. This motor will be dropped into the top-end Zeta platform cars with the Camaro Z28 being the most likely candidate. Initial specs have it at 475-500 horsepower with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. As mentioned above, the Corvette Z06 will receive this power plant in 2010 with a possibility of an uptuned version to ensure Corvette’s horsepower superiority over the Zeta cars. The last thing a Corvette owner who plunks down $75K for a Z06 is going to want to hear is that they bought the Corvette with the Camaro engine. The LS9
So much has already been written about the LS9 that is seems like it’s already in production and out on the streets. Another 6.2 liter smallblock V8 with a supercharger, it has an integrated intercooler on the intake manifold. Estimated horsepower is speculated to be 650 hp with 700 hp in reach. The ZR-1 may also feature an optional automatic with paddle shifters. Earlier this year it was said that the LS9 would come only equipped as an automatic, but the run by the ZR-1 with an LS9 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission at Laguna Seca earlier this month quashed that rumor. The LS9 will be hand built starting in July 2008 at Wixom Performance Center alongside the LS7 as no more than 2,000 units are expected per year.
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Back in July, Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne wrote an article that was designed to debunk several myths about the Corvette SS (ZR1). Dunne’s Myth #1 was the Corvette SS (ZR1) will only be offered in an Automatic transmission because the LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmission. The Corvette ZR1 video from Laguna Seca shows a close-up of the steering wheel which is absent the paddle shifters used on 2008 automatic-equipped Corvettes. You can also see movement from the driver’s hand on the gear shift which assumes putting the Corvette into reverse as the car moves away from the trailer. While it’s possible that GM is using a non-paddle shift automatic on this pre-production alpha, this is a good sign that the 6 speed manual may be made available on the production 2009 model.

Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca
Another interesting tidbit picked up from the video shows the passenger holding a video camera throughout the lap. Whether or not this will be for public consumption or internal use will undoubtedly be decided by the powers at be at General Motors.
Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca
Relating to the ZR1 Corvette run in Monterey: Our “friends” at WindingRoad.com have 17 hi-res photos of the Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca. By far the best discussions about the Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca are at DigitalCorvettes.com. Check out their website’s header to see what they believe the Corvette ZR1 will look like without the side vent covers and checkerboard paint on the hood. They even nailed the wheels! Lastly, we hope our friends at Badboy Vettes were unscathed with the releasing of the ZR1 photo on Thursday evening. There’s a bit of a debate that either the photo was staged and the release planned, or that BadBoy Vettes were just living up to their name, being bad boys. That single photo sparked more interest (and page views!) than any previous news about the Corvette ZR1 in recent months and set off a flurry of blog posts on all the major automotive websites. Thanks again guys for your work on behalf of the Corvette community.
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ZR1 Corvette Found Bound and Gagged in a Trailer

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

Browsing the BBV site a bit after midnight, I was shocked to see a new photo on the home page with a caption that reads Is This What We Think It Is? Having seen how the BadBoy Vettes guys like to dish out tidbits of info slowly, mostly related to our favorite racing team, its not surprising that there are no other words other than that title considering they just posted what appears to be the Corvette Blue Devil/ZR1.

Details of the most sought sports car on the planet is generally not something you dish out slowly, unless of course BBV is still setting up their Google AdSense account or booking that flight out of the country. So until we can find out any more details about this photograph, we are left to draw our own conclusions as well as make plans to refresh the BBV site oh, say 100 times in the next 12-24 hours to see if there is any update. Update:
The word on the street is this ZR1 is in Monterey and will lap the track at Laguna Seca sometime over the weekend!!
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Jalopnik Puts $1K Bounty on Corvette ZR1 Photos

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

Los Jalops have offered a $1,000 bounty to the first person that can bag and send 8 high quality digital photos of the Corvette ZR1 that’s been found hiding in Monterey, California. The bounty has strings attached, so the chances of actually winning the cash are somewhat slim. The good news is that Jalopnik will hopefully be inundated with photos which they will then share for the rest of us. Details can be found at Jalopnik.com The Corvette ZR1 is expected to take some hot laps at Laguna Seca this weekend, site of the final ALMS race for 2007. GM, perhaps realizing that the genie is out of the bottle, has progressed from hiding the car at all cost, to allowing controlled promotional views at 200 mph. For those of us 3000 miles away, hopefully SPEED TV has been made aware and we’ll get to see some footage during the race. Way to go GM! And thanks to BadBoyVettes.com for their efforts as well.
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Motor Trend Posts Photos of Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

According to the Motor Trend Blog, the much talked about hype of the new supervette visiting Monterey is already a memory. The Velocity Yellow Corvette ZR1 did two hot laps around the track before heading back to the pits, where it was loaded back into its transport. The photos show the familiar black camouflage replaced by a painted hood with a black/yellow checkerboard design that seems to throw of the perspectives of the hood. But the bulge is there, as well as the carbon fiber top and a black rear spoiler. Also new are the wheels which, according to various reports, are being made by CCW. Motor Trend’s man on the ground says the car was loaded in its trailer following the laps and is now on its way back to Detroit. I do believe that to probably be the case as GM generated the hype they were looking for, did their laps, and then got out before the crowds arrive for tomorrow’s race. I did sent out a message to my friend at BBV to find out what he is hearing. Knowing BBV and their knack for getting GM to bend to their will, that’s probably them (Dan and Eddie) driving the damn car.

Motor Trend captures the ZR1 at Laguna Seca Motor Trend captures the ZR1 at Laguna Seca
Photo Credit: MotorTrend.com

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This was posted on the CorvetteForum.com by BAD 99. The driver is Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell. Click for larger photo! Just In: Click here for Video
Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca

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Video: Corvette ZR1 at Monterey’s Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

The following video of the Corvette ZR1 at Monterey’s Laguna Seca appeared on the American LeMans Series website as a podcast download. The Corvette made a couple of hot laps and then retired. Enjoy!


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Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe GM Source’s Josh Oliver says the first 2009 Corvette ZR-1 will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Actually, that’s already been speculated, but Josh takes the rumor a step forward by reporting that days after its NAIAS unveiling, the new supercharged 650 hp Corvette ZR-1 will be off to Scottsdale to be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event sometime between January 12-20th.

Should such an event come to pass, the amount of buzz generated by the General would be huge, first with the bounce from the Detroit auto show and then placing the car in the middle of all those car-crazy collectors in Scottsdale with cameras from Speed TV capturing the moment. of course, no word from GM on whether or not this will happen officially or if this is just irresponsible speculation.


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CorvetteZR1Forum.com via Jalopnik.com

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Second Video of Corvette ZR-1 Surfaces

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2007

LeftLaneNews.com has a Brenda Priddy spy video that features a drive-by of the same Corvette ZR-1 that was captured earlier this week in Colorado. Still can’t make out any discernable whine from a supercharger, but the exhaust note is awe-inspiring:

Visit our Corvette ZR-1 section for more pictures and videos.
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