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.