By on July 20, 2010

We don’t know for sure, but Dr. Sanjay Mehta (TTAC commentator doctorv8, awesome brother) did the deal on a 2010 Corvette ZR1 for 0% while the autoblogosphere still had it in editing. Not that the Internet is slow, he’s just that damn fast.The dude’s been keeping tabs on the inventory nightmare, calling out for GMAC’s corrective action on the Corvette Forum…almost a month ago.  It’s so nice to see the two brothers speak The Truth About Cars, via different media.

How did this all go down so quickly? Thanks to Jeff Hardy’s disturbingly comprehensive website, Sanjay cherry picked from the litter: 3ZR black interior upgrade, Competition Gray rims and Cyber Gray paint. Then he waited. When internet savvy salespeople spread the news, he signed the paperwork. Though Ed nailed the analysis there’s more: with nearly 500 units collecting dust/exposed to the elements, only a fool buys a ZR1 at sticker.  Try buying at invoice, minus dealer holdback.  Then add incentives aimed at conquest customers or loyal GM drivers in certain zip codes. Then add 0% financing on a six figure principal. Take that OnStar balloon off the wiper arm, because your dealer’s floorplan costs just plummeted. That puppy’s coming home, Bubba.

Granted, the addition of Sanjay’s ZR1 to the Mehta fleet means one must go: the Z06 that I literally cut my teeth on my second TTAC review is headed for a new owner. While I never loved the styling and interior bits, it brought a smile to my face in 50+ autocross laps, countless blasts on curvy roads and a coupla corners taken at opposite lock with terrified passengers. I will truly miss that Z06, it might be the pinnacle of GM’s engineering prowess. So now we find out if the ZR1 is a worthy successor to the throne: more on that when the break-in miles are over.

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49 Comments on “TTAC Moves Fast On A 0% ZR1...”


  • avatar
    Contrarian

    Well, he saved more than enough to replace the run-flats (if they are still standard). A buddy of mine bought one and he didn’t even bring them home from the dealer.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      I had the Goodyear Eagle EMT run-flats and hated them. I’d hit a pothole and they’d get this weird sidewall dent. I replaced them with conventional tires and the mobility kit – with a cell phone and a AAA card as a backup.

  • avatar
    Contrarian

    ^Oops, no, my buddy has a Z06.

    • 0 avatar

      If these Michelins are anything like the RF Goodyears on the Z06, they will be tolerable for a few months…then they’ll live in storage for the rest of their lives.

      In general: run flats suck, but they suck way harder after a few miles and months exposed to UV rays. We shall see how the ZR1 fares.

  • avatar
    stationwagon

    how much is he going to pay for it, in total?

  • avatar
    John R

    review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review, review.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Congrats to you and your brother, I’m officially envious.

  • avatar
    educatordan

    I’m so jelous. Maybe I should have followed my great-grandmother’s advice and become a doctor. Then I’d be Doctordan.

  • avatar

    Thanks guys….another ZR1 perk will be a free driving course at the Spring Mountain racetrack in Nevada.

    For now….I just hope this damn rain clears out soon so I can putter home like a grandpa during the break in period….

    • 0 avatar

      Or he could take the ZR-1 course at Bondurant.

      Last fall I attended the two day “Z-06 Experience” at Bondurant and one of our fellow students was there using the GM certificate.

      We did most of the same exercises, but whereas we drove mere Z-06′s, she drove a Bondurant ZR-1. Where we were set up 3 students per teacher, she had an instructor of her own. She got a lot of wheel time.

      And she got to ride along in the ZR-1 with Mr. Bob Bondurant himself as he took her on a bunch of hot laps. My instructor told us that Bob, if he is town, takes all the ZR-1 students out for hot laps.

      I’m just saying.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    I’m an engineer (like Sajeev) and my brother is finishing medical school. My brother is more of a Porsche guy, though. Either way, I reckon it is good to have a brother doing that sort of work because I’ll get to drive his cool cars and not have to own & maintain them.

  • avatar
    european

    awesomely boring…

    is this really newsworthy?
    the brother of a ttac contributor bought a car!
    I MEAN WOOOOW!!!

    this has become like pesonal ads. just there are no groupies.
    well except that old easy woman (forgot her id). and yea, sfdennis
    could throw you a dirty look or two. if thats what you into ;-)

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      european-You’re not from around here, are you?

      Sajeev and Sanjay-Respect (fist bump).

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      Awesome car and awesome deal.

      Like I said previously, Eurotrash, you’re welcome to leave TTAC at any time.

    • 0 avatar
      european

      @TEXN3

      LOL, you funny boy…

    • 0 avatar

      I’d be happy to remove this, if GM ever decided to give me access to their press fleet. Otherwise how I/we get cars like the ZR1 is pretty newsworthy. Ditto my blogs about the Cobalt XFE and G8 GTP, same thing, just not as memorable.

      And for the record, the most senior guy on staff is only a TTAC Contributor in your opinion? That’s tragic…

    • 0 avatar
      educatordan

      Metha, you were more than fair in your assesment of the Cobalt BTW and FWIW. And if your brother bought a Cobalt SS I hope you’d give it the same coverage and flog the heck out of it.

    • 0 avatar
      european

      @Sajeev Mehta

      did you ask GM to lend you one? even if you did, the thing you should have done is, write the review, and insert a paragraph about
      how you got to drive the car. other then that, this is useless.
      just generating news that are not news.

      like booth babes last sundays post, where she wrote about how
      she is going to write about her road trips. silly.

    • 0 avatar

      Of course I asked, it was the subject of a GM Death Watch by RF. Your counterpoint is more than valid, but I rarely blog about news anyway. Fact is, we (maybe) bought the first ZR1 available at 0%. Newsworthy?

      Uh, yeah. The irony of the staff of the GM Death Watch website going out of their way to buy the Flagship vehicle when they slap a crazy incentive on it is too delicious for me to pass up. If only I threw in a Bob Lutz joke in there too!

      “Silly” as it may be, it is what it is.

    • 0 avatar
      european

      @Sajeev Mehta

      nope, still not newsworthy. didnt you read the story
      that some corporate head got a free corvette or the one
      with the baseball player. and poor you(r bro) PAID FOR IT.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      Maybe because of the fact that I have been on this site with the Mehtas for a couple of years now, or maybe because this is the first I’ve seen your handle, or maybe just because this site doesn’t cost you anything, but it seems to me that you are free to go elsewhere and are being dickass-troll for no reason. Do the CO2 emissions of the ZR1 make your eurowienie sad?

    • 0 avatar

      @euro

      Fair enough, I am by no means married to the newsworthiness of this blog post. I was interested in chatting it up with you, though. And considering you read enough to feel the need to comment, thank you…

      I consider that singular act a “win” for the article.

    • 0 avatar
      mtymsi

      Might I add the disclaimer Detroit-Iron forgot to put in his second post:

      *this response is in no way to be construed as flaming, it is merely a proper corrective reaction advising a fellow TTAC member that both hands and a flashlight may be necessary for continued participation.

  • avatar
    SupaMan

    Congrats on the purchase guys.

    Always loved the ZO6 and the 7 (count ‘em…SEVEN!) liter V8 noise. The ZR1 ought to be a nice step up the ladder….

    …if the seats don’t wiggle you out first.

  • avatar
    mtymsi

    Like I said in my post on the 0% announcement thread yesterday 0% does push Corvette buyers over the edge. And I wasn’t talking about the ZR1, 0% has the same effect on standard model buyers.

    Congratulations and yes of course I’m envious.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Congrads….Very cool car. I should have stayed in school.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Although I’m sure the ZR1 is the superior overall vehicle, I’ve always prefered the LS7 to the LS9; even with the LS7′s horsepower deficit.

    However, I’ve never personally driven a LS9 either.

    I’ll be interested to see how you think the two engines compare.

    • 0 avatar

      Stay tuned, ajla, for comparisons of both LS7 vs LS9 and ZR1 vs ZR-1….just need to break the new girl in….

      I will say that the LS7 in stock trim was a bit underwhelming in terms of throttle response and low end torque. A cam, headers, and tune were enough to wake the 7 liter beast, though…..

      Hopefully the LS9 in stock trim has corrected those issues….

  • avatar
    jacksonbart

    That is awesome, congrats to both of you. I have a plain jane 2006 LT3 C6 and its lots of fun, fast enough for me. Just about to hit 37,000 miles. 5 oil changes and on my 2nd set of tires, that been it in terms of costs besides gas and insurance (which is $9.00 more per 6 month PA policy as my 2001 Maxima). I drive it to work regularly now, as it gets better gas mileage than my Maxima.

  • avatar
    drifter

    As the old saying goes, “The Fool and his Money …”
    Should have waited for Ch.7

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    While I could scrape together enough to buy a Corvette ZR1 I would also have to live in it as my wife would kick me out of the house for “wasting” that much money on a car. So, I guess that makes it not affordable for me, and I stayed in school too, got the engineering degree to prove it.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Sajeev, can you help? (Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, could be here, or in the piece on dealer finance rip-offs, or your other column with Steven, but I don’t find a link there…)

    My 77 year-old mom is not ‘vette material, and has her heart set on (yet) another PT Cruiser … please no flaming … Is there any such site available that gives the overview of what remains of new PT Cruisers in factory/dealer stock?

    Sajeev, I was trying to convince her to find a good used one, around 2008/9 w/ca. 30-40k miles on it. Any reasons that this would be unwise? Main reasons for her to buy new 1) warranty, 2) no real maintenance besides oil changes necessary, 3) if she buys used, afraid of getting ripped-off by 1) seller of used car, and 2) repair shops if she has to have some mid- to high-mileage repairs done…

    I’m living overseas, so can only provide her limited help. What are your thoughts on new vs. used? If used, what to look for on this car? If new, can someone (dford?) suggest an approach she might use to get the best deal?

  • avatar

    Sajeev – congrats on the purchase. If I could pry six digits loose from somewhere to buy an automobile, I’d be of mixed mind on the ZR-1 if only because even the base model Corvette is freaking fast. 500 and 600 hp cars today remind me of 160 hp/400 lb liter bikes; they are ungodly fast, but I’m not sure I’ve got the time to learn to be a sufficiently skilled rider/driver to use the horsepower. At a recent track event, I found myself passing both a Z0-6 and Viper GTS in my 335 and I suspect all three of us (at least me) were driving at the far edge of their talent. By ZR-1 standards, the 300 hp 335 is about as powerful as a Civic, yet I’m unabashed to say that it achieves scary speeds on the track pretty effortlessly.

    Will be very interested in your impressions once you break this one in – it’s an incredible bargain!

  • avatar

    Interesting to read the details of what you paid, esp. a few of the comments in the linked posts.

    *How do you find out what the Invoice and Dealer Holdback amounts are?

    ++Nice choice for color, also. -Can’t wait for the review and vids.

    .
    You know of course, Clarkson would call you both Bonkers and Smart for buying such a loony car.
    Enjoy!

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
    What the f*ck?
    I suppose it´s ok to call someone eurotrash, but not trailertrash.
    Bigots.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    Test


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