The new Corvette ZR1. The only car you needEdward Green ▼ | January 25, 2008
There are many beautiful cars that we want to buy or to sit in it, just for the moment. Be it big or small, business or town class, for managers or not, some models have that ability to leave us standing there and staring while our gentler part slowly ascend into a fury.
I must admit at the beginning that this article may be little biased because Chevrolet Corvette is The Car for me, with all respect to other cars (such as Cadillac which on No2 on my personal top list, and Porsche slightly behind at No2). While Vesna loves big and strong vehicles, like Mercedes ML, I find Corvette simply irresistible. There is something in design, look, and spirit that just captured me. That's way I wasn't surprised when someone give one million dollar like in the case of "double-o-three" (E53F001003, to be more precise).
I also must admit that my corvette-attention shifts from time to time and the blame is on the manufacturer. They are guilty for designing more beautiful and potent models. The newly introduced Corvette ZR1 is an example of a perfect melt of design and technology. In Chevrolet they said: "Chevrolet's goal with the new ZR1 is to show what an American super car can deliver", and ZR1 delivers, no doubt about it.
The new Corvette ZR1 has an 6.2L V-8 engine that delivers 620 horsepower (or 462 kW, if you like) and torque of 823 Nm. The power is transmitted to wheels via six-speed manual transmission that is the only logical choice; it would be sin to put an automatic near this engine. The tyres will be burning on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and those are the tyres that Michelin developed specifically for ZR1.
That beast can be stopped (why would I want to stop Corvette? OK, maybe there are few situations...) with carbon-ceramic disc brakes: 394 millimetres in the front and 380 millimetres in the back (for our American friend that's 15.5-inch and 15-inch, respectively).
There are some other amenities like Magnetic Selective Ride Control, carbon-fibre front fenders, carbon-fibre hood, or head-up display that shows numbers up to 370 km/h (220-mph), but I leave them to you to discover.
The new engine named LS9 is a jewel in a jewel. It has Roots supercharger with four-lobe rotor, and new cooling systems, and all that results in great torque at lower rotation, and constant power in the whole range up to 6,600 rpm. The LS9 is assembled by hand. We should mention twin-disc clutch system that also brings some good things. First, since we have two discs here so the torque is spread on two discs (read: larger area), and that contribute to better heat dissipation, longer life of the clutch and smoother shifting.
It will be easy to recognized every model of the Corvette ZR1: Every ZR1 will have a unique VIN, thus VIN ending "0010" means that this is the 10th Corvette ZR1 built in the model year.
I'll stop here. Enjoy the pictures, find your dealer, make a financial plan and if necessary - sold the all other cars you have. ZR1 is worth it. ■