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12-19-2007, 03:40 PM
Leftlane News: ZR-1 Details Released
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San Diego, Ca. If any one car junkie was in denial that the there is a piston WW III underway, with Fatwas and crusades everywhere, here is living proof. The Mushroom cloud from the GT-R is still raining radiation on us, and Chevy has just dropped its Hydrogen babies on Nissan HQ. The Mother of all Corvettes.
Ford sadly is sitting this war out.
Anyone would understand why a Ford Forum is dedicating this story to our front page. This is Americas answer to all the foreign sports cars.
Here is the story

After years of speculation, spy photos, and rumors, General Motors has finally revealed its 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which will be on display at the Detroit auto show in January. As expected, the ZR1 is the most powerful and most expensive Corvette model ever.

An all-new LS9 motor produces 620 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 595 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. Delivering 100 horsepower per liter, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox with a new high-capacity clutch designed for the increased power. The twin-disc 260mm design provides plenty of clamping power, while maintaining a relatively easy clutch action.
GM has not disclosed specific performance numbers, but the company admits a top speed of 200 mph is very likely. In terms of acceleration, the ZR1 will most definitely beat its Z06 counterpart, thanks to a 115-horsepower output advantage. Since the Z06 rockets to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, it's a safe bet the ZR1 will be much closer to the 3.0 mark. Final numbers will be announced in March 2008.
"It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1ís is exceptional," said Chevy's Ed Peper. "Better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph."

Leftlane News (http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-corvette-zr1.html)

12-19-2007, 04:39 PM
I am glad they boosted.
Boosting rocks and it is the way to go.
To get that power with NA engines, you have to really add cost and exotic materials and processes which adds lots of cost to the customer. Not that this thing will be cheap, but it could have cost even more.

12-19-2007, 06:34 PM
Holy crap. This Corvette is mean looking and getting ready to kick some way more expensive European car ass. My new favorite American sports car...

12-19-2007, 11:13 PM
you know, I was sick of the GT-R crapp from Edmunds. Tonight, I sleep well, secure in the knowledge that, we are still the Super power.. the Enola Gay; the Bomb, the, the the... errrr good night... and God bless America

12-21-2007, 10:18 AM
This is indeed is a car that even biased Edmunds Japan worshiping editors have to bow to. Nothing from this side of the pond compares but Ford GT.