By on December 20, 2007
x09ch_cr079.jpgThe Corvette Z06 can outrun a 911 Turbo and hang tight with the rest of the supercar frat pack. To maintain the model's mechanical momentum, General Motors will unveil the new Corvette ZR1 at January's North American International Auto Show. The ZR1 abandons natural aspiration for global aspirations; The General says the ZR1's development team benchmarked a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. To out-muscle Maranello's madmen, Chevy's replaced the Z06' LS7 engine with a supercharged 6.2-liter small block fed by an open air-to-water intercooler. GM rates the new LS9 mill at 650hp. Other improvements: a carbon fiber roof, wider tires and aero bodywork to suck the 'Vette to the tarmac. Though the Chevrolet Corvette will never, ever match the Ferrari's cachet, and what's with that radio head unit, the 'Vette's party piece has always been maximum bang-for-the-buck. The new model clocks-in at around $100k according to our friends at The Detroit Free Press.
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52 Comments on “New Corvette Sets Sail for World Domination...”


  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    If by Ferrari’s “cachet” you mean “ability to suck you dry through its inability to remain on the road and away from the mechanic,” then yeah.

  • avatar
    starlightmica

    Gotta like Edmund’s Inside Line’s taglines:
    “Corvette Gets Blown” and “Blown to be Bad”.

    Jamie Lynn: next time around…

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    I like the see-thru hood. Much better idea than trying to resurrect the ‘shaker’ hood.

  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    and doesn’t the 599 Fiorano use the Corvette’s Magna-Ride suspension?

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    Be interesting to see how it squares off against the GTR.

  • avatar
    jazbo123

    Fascinating. Now with a huge HP (and weight?) advantage let’s watch it beat the pants off the GT-R. Or will RWD-only traction will make it close?

  • avatar
    ihatetrees

    The Corvette’s a great buy. The dealer network is the problem… Some Chevy dealers shouldn’t be selling (or servicing) this car.

  • avatar
    thalter

    Gotta give the General props on this one. I never thought this car (or the Z06, for that matter) would make it past the bean counters. With projected sales of 2000 per year, this car will contribute almost nothing to the bottom line (assuming it makes money at all).

    The biggest problem will be getting potential buyers to set foot into a Chevrolet dealership. They are not going to want to go to the same place their employees buy and service their pickup trucks and Cobalts.

  • avatar

    Too bad its 200+lbs heavier than the Z06. Its gonna be a great car for Grand Touring or challenging the Viper for which steroid-injected model is faster in a straight line…but whatever. I’ll take the N/A mill on the Z06 and take the ZR-1’s brakes for even more roadcourse prowess.

    That, and it looks like KITT when he activated his emergency braking system. The old ZR-1 was so elegantly understated. Sigh.

  • avatar
    sk8inkid

    Nothing like dropping 100K on a Chevy.
    Its funny, in my youth I met a few people who owned Vipers and stuff and was like wow. Now I can’t help but cringe when I see people buy a Vet or American muscle car period.
    Jeesh, 100K buys a CL550, you can drive fast IN COMFORT, and actually look classy! Or if you want a track car go buy a track car for 100K.

    So with that rant, the front end look is improved. But gee, let me guess what the back looks like – oh yes, the flat wedge that they’ve been using since the 80’s. Cause nothing looks better than a flat wedge. Yep. Seriously, someone should push the designers to stare at the car from the rear, maybe then they’ll realize the error of their ways…unless they’re friggin blind that is. “Wow, you mean we’ve been cutting and carving and shaping the whole car, all the meanwhile the rear end looks like a sheet of plywood, who knew!?” Not too mention they have the simplist solution availble to them – um hello, remember the original corevette – look to the lineage for some inspiration! Or is that too difficult?

  • avatar
    Cicero

    I know its a Corvette, but really, a $100,000 Chevy? Is a buyer of a car in this price range going to sit still for the plastic chair-staticky TV-pile of old magazines ambience of the typical Chevrolet service department?

    I wouldn’t.

  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    I want this car. I love this car. I will do many illegal things in many states if it meant getting this car. I must have one of these. It is that simple.

  • avatar
    jazbo123

    I think the current ‘Vettes including this upcoming one have both comfort and style. Since the C5, Vettes have been very occupant friendly given the class of vehicle.

    Agreed on the wedge rear style though. It’s time for a [evolutionary] change.

  • avatar
    B-Rad

    This thing might be able to beat out a base GT-R, but it’ll be more expensive. That’s not good. If it can beat the faster GT-R (which is going to cost around the same amount, right?) is another question. And now the guys at Nissan know what they’re up against. I hope Chevy wins, though.

  • avatar
    timoted

    If you’re buying this car, one of the last things you are worried about is its price. Its performance and rarity will have these flying out the window. I don’t believe Chevrolet has ever had a tough time selling Corvettes regardless of it’s performance designation. When is the last time anybody saw a GM commercial where at the very end in the fine print it says, Some models excluded in this sale.” This has always meant the Corvette is excluded. It’ll sell and blow the doors off nearly anything below, at or above it’s price range.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    I doubt Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini are quaking in their boots, but I’m looking forward to the Corvette! I just wish they’d spend a little more money on the car and make it out of better quality materials. The back panel is so flimsy you can press it concavely with your fingers!

    Corvettes are good cars and I reckon the world would buy one. Especially, if they were having a mid-life crisis!

  • avatar
    sk8inkid

    “It’ll sell and blow the doors off nearly anything below, at or above it’s price range.”

    Really now? It’ll blow the doors off anything above its price range? Ferrari, Lambo, Mclaren (I mean jeesh the F1 only does 060 in 2.9 seconds, I’m sure this Chevy blows that number by the wayside. HAHAHAHA! Yea right, this won’t blow anything away priced higher than it!
    Bng for buck wise perhaps your right. Whats a C class AMG Black Series go for, bet you those things can sort of keep up.

    Further, “If you’re buying this car, one of the last things you are worried about is its price.” Are you serious? You paying 100K for a car. Your obviously on a budget if you can only afford 100K. If your not worried about money then you certainly don’t limit your spending to 100K – you go by features rarity and performance or anything else. But if you’re on a tight budget and 100K is all you can afford, well then maybe. But gee, 100K, well I don’t take cars on the track, so for a weekender I’d much rather drop that 100K into a CL, SL, or heck even a 6-series.

    BTW, perhaps the interiors have improved, but its no German interior, or ride, still, its still pure American “non-know how,” haha. Side by side, go sit in a new CL and then in a new Vet, and then tell me there is no difference. America is far behind. Unless your fooled by cheap plastic GPS gizmos that is.

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    sk8inkid : Really now? It’ll blow the doors off anything above its price range?

    Yes, really. Except for the F1 (no longer made)and the Enzo (good luck finding one) everything else is toast. And don’t even talk about the power it’ll make with a chip and smaller pulley.

  • avatar
    timoted

    Ask the Dodge Viper owners the same question and they’ll tell you the same answer. It’s a following, a passion. If you’re trying to pull logic out of it then you’re barking up the wrong tree. Just like those nefarious german car owners. They wouldn’t own anything other than a German car. There are many who won’t own anything other than an American Muscle Car. At the same time there are many who would consider this an investment. (if you wanna take if from a logical perspective) Take it and park it in a garage for 10 or 20 years and pull it out. See what it sells for against that C Class AMG. Yeah there are faster cars out there but there aren’t that many.

  • avatar
    timoted

    Sajeev Mehta :

    If you’re going to quote me, make sure you cut and paste the whole thing…not the parts you want It’ll sell and blow the doors off nearly anything below, at or above it’s price range.”

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    timoted: edited for clarity. You’re not being quoted.

  • avatar
    Adonis

    @sk8inkid:
    That wedge shape is classic, like the Porsche 911’s shape. I love the design of the vette, including the rear end. You wouldn’t recommend that Porsche change their basic form would you? I mean, they’ve had it since way before the 80’s..

    As Sajeev said, it will blow the doors off any car on the road besides the F1 and Enzo.

    That being said, if I was looking at a $100k sports car, that’s not the one I would choose. Maybe I’d consider it if I had the interior redone. Any car in that range will blow by 99.9% of the cars on the road.

  • avatar
    dean

    I know RF has posited this before, and it has been echoed by Sajeev, but perhaps Corvette should be spun off as its own brand. Sell it through select GM dealers in a boutique setting (or better yet, through Corvette only dealerships).

    Perhaps then you can convince customers to plunk down 100-large on the car, without them feeling like they just bathed in lard.

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    Anybody comparing this thing to a CL or a 6 Series is so far from understanding the point of a sports car that it is not even worth engaging them in this discussion

    And it may or may not be possible to push in the rear panel of a Vette with your fingers. Despite owning a C6 I would never know because pushing a panel in with my fingers is not something I have ever had the urge to do to a car, nor does it tell me anything of any importance about the car. If it does cave that easily, it would probably be a bonus since it would seem to be dent-resistant, not to mention the fact that the SMC (sheet moulded compound) the Vette is made out of helps to make the car lighter than any of its competition

    There are a few things to criticize about this car (eg. the fact that it looks nearly the same as the base Vette that costs half its price), but not being as luxurious as a CL and being able to poke a panel with your finger are not two of them

  • avatar
    NN

    what great export potential, with the dollar being shite nowadays.

    50k pounds or 66k euros? Those aren’t unreasonable prices for fast cars in the UK or in mainland Europe.

  • avatar
    sk8inkid

    thetopdog:
    “Anybody comparing this thing to a CL or a 6 Series is so far from understanding the point of a sports car that it is not even worth engaging them in this discussion”

    HAHA. Well tell me then, as a street legal car, since I specifcally said that I don’t take my cars on the track, what is the point of a sports car on the highway?
    To me, a sports car = weekender. For some that means on the track, in which case I’m sure this is a good investment. For others, liek me, it means a car to cruise around in, enjoy driving in a sensible not stupid endangering fashion, heading to the golf course or beach. In which case you’re still on law enforced roads, with traffic. Its not safe to open a car up on the highway, or legal, nor is it safe. All I’m saying is for a weekender I’d much rather have a nice two door that at least rides in luxury but still has a little thrill to it. The funny thing is too, the first Corvette’s were considered sports cars and they wouldn’t outrun much nowadays!
    So whats the point of a sports car to you? If it is a track car to you then you should have paid attention to what I said, since I was speaking in the sense of specifically NOT being used on a track!

    If your going to spend 100K on a weekender, and you don’t go to the track, then why would you spend 100K on this car?
    Perhaps as an investment? But if your going to park it in a garage and not drive it, I can think of better places to invest my money with higher returns.

    BTW, the AMG I certainly would not buy as investment, I was just saying that for 100K I don’t think that car would be completely dusted. I think its closed minded thinking that there is nothing that could touch this. I don’t know much about Nissan, but perhaps a Skyline could?

    timoted:
    I like German cars. But I also like British cars and woudl certainly buy one. I like some Japanese cars too. And I would most certainly buy an old Corvette – the 58’s man really do it for me! I like the ones from the 60’s too. I just feel American cars in the current decade, man, they’ve lost that magic touch. Truth is American automakers lost it a long time ago, but now that other markets are more competitive, its forced them to come down to the bottom line, and now they’ve put themself in a tough position, leaving themselves with little room for innovation by assuming their market dominance.

    Adonis:
    I disagree in calling the wedge shape classic. The roots of the Corvette are not in a wedge – 50’s, 60’s….there’s no rear wedge as it stands now! Has it been used since the 80’s? Yes, so they are keeping with that trend, but to call it classic…I dunno. Each to their own for the back I guess..but to me, it still looks like they spent all this time on the rest of the car and didn’t know how to finish it so just made it flat! Seems like such a waste to me!

  • avatar
    Areitu

    For those concerned about the price, the C4 ZR-1 cost twice as much as a normal C4 corvette. Plenty of people bought those anyway.

    I wonder if the ZR1’s CF roof panel will spontaneously covert to T-Top like a few Z06s have already.

  • avatar
    timoted

    I love it when the safety card is thrown when discussing Muscle Cars. If you’re buying, owning & driving a muscle car you’re not considering how safe it might be. You don’t use the criteria you use to buy a Honda Accord or Mercedes as you do with a Muscle Car. Again, GM is not going to have to beg people to take these cars off their hands.

    I hear almost indentical arguments from those who ride Suzuki, Yahamha and Honda motorcycles when talking to their Harley counterparts. A toy is a toy and no one says that logic will prevail in someone’s decision on purchase.

  • avatar
    jdv

    Even as a weekender, there is a significant difference in weight, and hence handling. One does not need to be at the track to enjoy throwing their car around, or at least to pretend they are.

  • avatar
    sk8inkid

    timoted:
    I’m not saying how safe the car itself is. But if you drive it like an idiot and kill someone else…thats the safety I’m referring to. So if you drive a sports car like in an unsafe manner…well put it this way, cause this is how I feel about driving a motorcycle – its fine to put your own life on the line, which is why on a motorcycle I have little issue with opening up the throttle. But as soon as you get behind a few thousand pounds, one mistake or mechancial failure on a highway and your taking someone else our with you. And that ain’t cool no matter how you slice it.
    So no, I’m not being an idiot and saying people buy sports cars based on safety features of the car. I’m saying that in the original context of my argument where I asked you what a sports car was to you under the circumstance that I had already said that if I don’t use it on a track – which was the original basis for all my comments.

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    sk8inkid:I think its closed minded thinking that there is nothing that could touch this. I don’t know much about Nissan, but perhaps a Skyline could?

    Look at the magazine road tests, and how badly the Z06 creams Ferraris, Porsches, AMG Benzes and whatever you want to compare it to: drag racing, roadcoursing, fuel economy, interior/cargo space, heads up display, whatever. And so far all I’ve heard about the Skyline is less substantiated than the proven butt kicking abilities of the Z06. Not to mention the Skyline is weighed down by AWD, victim to turbo heat soak from hotlapping…and still lacks 20-ish hp over the Z06.

    Is it closed minded to assume the ZR-1 will kick the same or more butt with 100+hp, better brakes, etc with a 200lb penalty over the Z06? Not a hard sell to most everyone.

    Instead, maybe you should open your mind to what’s been proven and what’s in the pipeline for the same chassis.

  • avatar
    danms6

    Comparing this to the GT-R is pointless, of course it will steal Nissan’s lunch money. It’s quite a higher price class. I’d also wager my first born that it will outperform the most expensive GT-R.

    Anyone who complains about this car (other than a few styling cues) does not have a firm grasp on what a sports car really is.

    Want a gentle ride on public roads? Buy a touring car.

    Not taking your fast car to the track? Buy a touring car.

    Need a heated steering wheel and seats that massage your thighs ever so gently as you drive? Buy a touring car.

    This ZR-1 is not a touring car in any way. It is a sports car in the purest form: Money = Performance.

  • avatar
    jmack91z28

    sk8inkid: Your bringing a knife to gun fight kid. You wanna talk trash about a corvette with well over 50 years of technology advances and constantly leading its class? You have no clue what your talking about to wanna compare a vette to a mercedes. Timoted put it exactly right-

    “It’ll sell and blow the doors off nearly anything below, at or above it’s price range.”

    The corvette has and always will be (as long as the goverment doesnt kill it) the greatest all-around sports car. The GT-R is a waste of time in America.

    Hey Samir- Sorry i was mean to you before.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? [the room is spinning] One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy?

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    Bill: And how much did the Ford GT go for? Last time I checked they still trade for over MSRP, and the ZR-1 is primed to out perform it and have similar levels of customer demand.

    danms6: don’t be surprised if the Magnaride ZR-1 works pretty well as a touring car when set in the “tour” mode. Not AMG well, but try it for yourself on any C5 or C6 and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    Not to mention Magnaride is good enough to make the Buick Lucerne corner flat.

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    Seeing some early test numbers on the GTR has me thinking this will be close.
    Just looking at the power to weight the Z06 should kill it but Edmunds numbers (3.3 to 60 and they thought the track was slick) destroy the Z.

    1. don’t bet the HP Nissan quotes is real HP might be real conservative (isn’t that a GTR tradition?)
    (On a similar note, I think Lexus is low-balling the IS-F HP also. A lot of mods to that engine and the specific output is the same as the LS460? Know way. Accel times that run with a Vette suggest that the hp/lb ratio is better, 475hp?)

    2. Ya’, AWD and an advanced drivetrain will make a difference too.

    Don’t see the ZR1 getting below low 3s to 60 and Nissan is there already, 1/4 trap speed may be another matter.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? [the room is spinning] One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy? One-hundred thousand dollar Chevy?

    No need for hyperventalation, good sir. Certanly less absurd than paying six figures for a COPO Camaro or other showroom queen featured at Barrett-Jackson auctions. At least this hundred-thousand dollar Chevy has a warranty.

    1. don’t bet the HP Nissan quotes is real HP might be real conservative (isn’t that a GTR tradition?)

    Not tradition, it’s more of the result of a non-binding agreement between Japanese manufacturers to limit engine power (or at least claim it) to 280 hp. I don’t think that agreement is in effect anymore, so there would be no reason for Nissan to understate the horsepower rating of their engines.

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    Bunter1: the 480-ish horsepower GT-R owner better power down after 60mph unless he enjoys losing. Its the usual debate: AWD for all weather traction on the track or RWD for rolling launch power and less curb weight.

    And we can expect the ZR-1 to get 27+ MPG on the highway too.

  • avatar
    Luther

    Gimme a LS9 crate engine…I’ll figure out what to do with it later.

  • avatar
    phil

    i’m with sk8inkid on this; i’m 56 and i’ve been down this hot rod road many times, in fact i just sold my 2005 M3, in my mind the ultimate hot rod. anyway, my point is that cars like this vette and its ilk cannot and should not be utilized to even 1/2 of their potential on public roads. so where does that leave you? you’re out 100K (plus the inevitable markup in the early going), you have a stiff as hell ride, cramped cockpit, no utility at all, and all you can really do is profile around town or occasionally blow off some other car in a brief drag race. you can fly around some curves but the cops are everywhere and if you really push it you can end up in a ditch (been there myself). so i think if we are to really mature, god forbid, we’d take our 100k as sk8inkid suggests and get a truly fabulous car (like the CL550 or my new E63) that is superbly comfortable, faster than hell if needed, and beautifully crafted with a spacious interior and 4 doors. Then, if we really want to pursue this drive fast thing we get a miata or STI or whatever and take it autocrossing (safe, fun, and cheap). when i see a Z06 or 911 turbo on the road i wonder how much the owners are really enjoying their cars. if just “having one” is a real pleasure for them then more power to them.
    as has been noted on this site, even many “standard” BMWs are only enjoyable if you flog the crap out of them on a curvy road. i was a huge bimmer fan for a long time but now i appreciate the comfort and class of the Benz 99% of the time, rather than the fun i had in the M3 5% of the time.

  • avatar
    Nopanegain

    Sajeev Mehta :
    That, and it looks like KITT when he activated his emergency braking system.

    Fabulous comparison.

    Forget the smaller pulley. Perhaps with one of those STS turbo systems running compound boost, a cheezy red button and a couple of LEDs and the car really will fly…

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    I am almost sure the ZR1 will not be the top of the line for very long, either. As Sajeev alluded to, the LS9 looks eminently tunable with a more performance oriented supercharger (I’m sure there’s one out there) or even, dare I say it, a twin turbo set-up.

    Don’t forget the indefagitable C6.R is based off the Z06. The ZR1 in race trim = murder.

    I think the GT-R comparisons are fair vs. a Z06, they’re in the same price range. However, the Corvette is more than performance. It is a manifestation of performance, more typically American performance in an American sports car (engine at the front, big-ass V8, interior only a man could love and RWD only please). For some, that’s the only thing that will do. And the ‘Vette is the best way to get that.

  • avatar

    Forget the STS turbos, Lingenfelter will do the same, but much better. Not to mention its not right to plumb oil lines all the way back there…especially on a $100,000 car.

    This car really should be KITT for the new Knight Rider TV show.

  • avatar
    Nopanegain

    There are great guys at Lingenfelter, but with the supercharger and intercooler already in place, you would probably need Jesse James TIG welding skills to create exhaust manifolds and additional intercooling lines to conform to that engine bay. And all that extra underhood heat. But we can dream, can’t we? (PS- STS for me only in a compound-boost setting).

  • avatar
    jmack91z28

    “However, the Corvette is more than performance. It is a manifestation of performance, more typically American performance in an American sports car (engine at the front, big-ass V8, interior only a man could love and RWD only please). For some, that’s the only thing that will do. And the ‘Vette is the best way to get that.”

    Sajeev you put it perfectly.

  • avatar
    Chaser

    phil> You are exactly right, of course, so you’ll probably be ignored. Most of my friends that have owned Camaros and Mustangs in the past have crashed ’em sooner or later. At best, they’ve spun around in the road a few times without damaging anything. Hell, I did it myself with a friend’s borrowed Stang. 99.9% of the people are not capable of driving a car like this at anywhere near its potential. It’s great for a videogame or a trained and experienced driver on a track, but not for public roads and some rich twit with an ego complex.

    But the impractical reality of this car is no fun, so let’s just all line up and drool on the bumper like proper kiddies. :)

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    Nopanegain: ditch the supercharger, put an LS7 intake on it. Lingenfelter’s C5/C6 twin turbo kit should bolt up no problem, and the Ford GT has proven that the most powerful cars ditch the supercharger for a turbo (or two).

    Not that you need turbos, there’s a good chance that a smaller pulley and tune nets 100+hp over stock. Just like the Ford GT.

    jmack91z28: don’t remember saying that, but it works for me.

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    Greetings Sajeev! “the 480-ish horsepower GT-R owner better power down after 60mph unless he enjoys losing. Its the usual debate: AWD for all weather traction on the track or RWD for rolling launch power and less curb weight.”

    Largely agree. GTRs 1/4 mile is enough better than the Z06 that it maybe close still with the ZR-1, after that I would expect it to be bye-bye Nissan.

    Wonder what the ZR1 will do at the ‘Ring?

    Great that these cars exist.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    Bunter

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    Of course we should wait until a production version hits the magazines and we get some 1/4 mile info…but I expect the GT-R will lose momentum at 1/2 track and not pull the same trap speed of the Z06. Hard to say with vaporware.

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if the weight penalty of the ZR1 makes itself known on the ‘ring. The ZR1 just makes me wish the Z06 had Magnaride, carbon fiber roof and ceramic brakes. Its the better track car: lighter and is an “all motor” powerband.

    And for crying out loud, ditch the run-flats, Corvette! All that road noise, unsprung weight and mediocre grip for no good reason!

  • avatar
    whatdoiknow1

    Wow, GM way to go!
    But I just don’t get it!

    What is the point of continously making the one good product you have (the one you have no problem selling)better while the rest of your lineup rots on the vine?

    OK, GM you have proven to the world that you can make a very good Corvette. It is time to move on the other things. The base Vette and the Z06 can carry the Vette torch for the near future but the addtion of the ZR1 make you guys look like you are oblivious to the REAL world.

    This ZR1 rate up there with the stupidity factor of those AMG 65s. Nothing but a silly exercise in worthless overkill. Honesty, considering that the Z06 is a handful in a professional drivers hands who the hell can TRULY handle this ride?

    600+ hp in a 3400lb RWD car with a manual transmission and a clutch!!!!! Think about like this, imagine a 1700lb car with over 300hp. This thing is a racecar, which equals death trap to anyone but a true professional racer.

  • avatar

    This ZR1 rate up there with the stupidity factor of those AMG 65s.

    Nah, its more like the Dodge Viper.

    I expect the ZR-1 will make dealers quite happy, not so much the Chevrolet division, or General Motors.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    Sajeev Mehta: And how much did the Ford GT go for? Last time I checked they still trade for over MSRP, and the ZR-1 is primed to out perform it and have similar levels of customer demand.

    I know, and Viper’s aren’t cheap while the rest of Dodge is. I’m thrilled that The General is building a world-class sports car. But while I agree that GM is juggling far too many brands, I support the creation of a unique performance brand for ‘Vette (as they already have done in Europe; and it can’t be Pontiac). The Corvette, from base to ZR1, doesn’t fit Chevrolet’s affordable everyman car image. It is too sporty and now it is unbelievably too expensive for the marque.

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