If you don’t absolutely have to have the latest and greatest, you might want to consider this low-mileage, nicely upgraded 2009 Corvette ZR1 for basically the same price as a new C8 with no options.
This silver ZR1 has been the property of the seller for more than eight years, and he’s currently offering it on Corvette Forum for $59,500.
“This is an AMAZING car!!!” he says, and we’d be inclined to agree based on the description and apparent condition from the plethora of photos posted on the internet.
The car has been proven on a dyno to crank out a whopping 636 horsepower and 623 ft-lbs of torque, figures well above the C8’s 495/470 but still not enough to produce better 0-60 times than the new mid-engine Corvette (3.3 to 2.8 seconds).
Still, this sixth-generation ZR1 definitely offers a lot of bang for the buck and in the long run will definitely be a much better investment than a base mid-engine car.
The seller bought the car on New Year’s Day in 2012 from Boardwalk Chevrolet and has basically turned it into what he calls a “show/garage queen” that has never been raced or even in the rain and has always been stored undercover in his garage. The car has 22,000 miles on the odometer, with just under 10,000 of those put on by the current owner, mostly on long weekends to Tahoe/Santa Barbara.
He says the “over $15-20K” in modifications – “nearly too much to list” – were done “purely for show and aesthetics,” and we have to say we like the way they turned out.
Mechanically, he says the car will break the 335s loose at 65 mph. No surprise since Synergy Motorsports ported and polished the blower and snout before adding the 2.3 pulley, AR 1 7/8 headers (with cats and x-pipe – $2k) and the Akrapovic exhaust with massive 5″ titanium tips ($3k) and modestly tuning the vehicle. The seller says he was interested more in reliability and not maximum gains.
Appearance-wise under the hood, an engine dress-up kit and real carbon fiber engine cover by Caravaggio ($1500) have been added, along with a $1,000 K&N FIPK carbon fiber intake.
As for the interior, the center console has been changed to a real carbon fiber unit, along with an MGW shifter and the dual JL 10w6 audio system, wrapped in carbon material w/ blue stitching and LED lights, complete with Image Dynamics 6X9 components in the doors and coaxials in the rear, powered by a JL HD 750/1 (subs) and 600/4 (components). The system absolutely rocks, the seller says.
To keep the paint looking good, the front half of the car (hoods, fenders, and bumper) is covered in 3M clear bra. The car also has been upgraded with HID headlights and fog lamps, with LED lighting throughout and Eagle Eye taillights.
In case you’re more into originality, the seller notes that he has ALL of the stock/OEM parts and components available.
Considering that this car started out with a base price of $105,000, the $59,500 could be considered a bargain with all the aftermarket upgrades.
So would you rather have this C6 ZR1, tastefully modified in what appears to be like-new condition, or spend your money on a new C8?
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