I recently stumbled upon the youtube auto channel of professional wrestler and actor John Cena that is appropriately titled John Cena: Auto Geek. On the channel, John talks about and shows off some of the great cars he has in his personal collection plus other cool sports cars that come through his partners at Naples Motorsports in Naples, Florida.
In the latest episode that was published this week, John is presented with a 2010 Corvette ZR1 to profile. The Black Corvette ZR1 comes with the 638-hp LS9 V8 and looks very good under the bright Florida sun. But our host came away less than impressed. So much so that the episode is called “John Cena’s shortest test drive ever is in a Corvette?!”
So why does Cena hate this car so much?
Starting off, he disses the ZR1’s polycarbonate see-through panel in the carbon fiber hood and as he is doing so, the ZR1’s alarm sounds off like it was offended with the comments.
And then there was this:
“All Corvettes look the same. General Motors made some great stuff, especially me being a huge fan of the muscle car era. I’m a GM guy. The Pontiac Judges are one of my favorite cars of all time. But the word General comes to mind (as he points at the ZR1). I don’t mean like (feigning a salute) officer on deck!”
After watching the episode, it’s clear that he really doesn’t hate the car. As a former owner of the C6 ZR1, he was quite familiar with the model. And despite the name of the episode, once he started driving the ZR1, some of the car’s good qualities came back to reinforce the reasons he bought it the first time around.
The episode is fun and lively and I think that Corvette enthusiasts will enjoy it as I did. Look, when you have millions of dollars and your favorite car ever is a Bugatti, an eight-year-old C6 Corvette might not be as interesting as it once was. But what is interesting is that on the secondary market, the price they were throwing around for this used 2010 Corvette ZR1 was $60,000 – half of its MSRP when it sold for $118,000 new.
Although Cena wasn’t won over with the test drive, his co-host Eric “No-Knees” Johnson was all in on the ZR1:
“The amount of performance and everything you get for the dollar for these Corvette ZR1s is ridiculous and it’s untouchable. And for a guy like me, this is a car where its…hey I can see this. Hell, I can own this thing, I can drive this thing and this could be mine.’ I mean I love the thing.” Later he adds, “This makes sense to me as I want a sorta supercar, and I don’t want to go break the bank on it. And I want it to be reliable.”
John Cena: Auto Geek
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