First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Rolls Off Assembly Line To Thunderous Media…

The much-anticipated 2009 Corvette ZR1 began production, as the first unit finished the assembly process and was delivered to Chevy dealer Dave Ressler during a press event in Bowling Green on Monday. What, you didn't notice? Well, it seems the build coincided with the unveiling of the new Chevy Camaro, forcing the… » 7/23/08 9:30am 7/23/08 9:30am

Video From Yesterday's Corvette ZR1 Long-Lead Drive Seeps Out, Shows…


We'd heard the long-lead media "drive" for the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was yesterday and it looks like the first in-car driving footage is now out on the web, less than 24 hours later. We obviously weren't there, primarily since we'd heard it was all magazines there. Frankly, we just don't need as much time as the… » 7/18/08 10:40am 7/18/08 10:40am

2009 Corvette ZR1 Spotted On Vacation In Elk Rapids, MI

Jalopnik reader and tipster Kyle spent the July 4th vacation up near Michigan's pinkie finger in Traverse City. On a quick jaunt down to Elk Rapids, a town not too far away from there, he ran across a yellow 2009 Corvette ZR1 sitting pretty at the roadside in the resort town. Maybe it's just tired and taking a… » 7/09/08 8:40am 7/09/08 8:40am

The Fastest Laps Of The Nurburgring: How The ZR1 Stacks Up

Now that the 2009 Corvette ZR1 has set a lap time of 7:26.4, we've been trying to wrap our heads around just how fast that really is. Sure, it's faster than the GT-R, but we're wondering if there's anything that can make the ZR1 look slow. With the caveat that lap times vary depending on track conditions and driver… » 6/27/08 4:30pm 6/27/08 4:30pm

Corvette ZR1 Laps Nurburgring In 7:26.4

Today, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 officially stepped up the global war for Nürburgring supremacy, as General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove a stock ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4. That's significantly faster than the 7:29 lap set by the Nissan GT-R. We can't wait to see what the rest of the… » 6/27/08 12:35pm 6/27/08 12:35pm

Ashley Van Dyke Is NOT Driving A Corvette ZR1 In The Bullrun

A quick glance at the very graphical press release from Ashley Van Dyke, the motor-loving mistress of the Bullrun TV show, and you'll think perhaps she'll be driving the new $413,000 ($105,000 minus dealer markup) and 638 HP 2009 Chevy ZR1 in this week's Bullrun road rally. It's hard not to. It's right there at the… » 6/24/08 11:30pm 6/24/08 11:30pm

Dealer Gouging Reportedly Sends 2009 Corvette ZR1 To Amazingly Insane…

The 2009 Corvette ZR1, GM's new mega-powered super car, will reportedly only be offered to the top 338 Chevy dealers nationwide. That effectively shuts out the other 3,594 from the chance of offering one to enthusiastic fans of the bowtied brand. We guess that explains the four-times-the-price gouging we're hearing… » 6/23/08 10:00am 6/23/08 10:00am

Mommy, Where Do Corvette ZR1s Come From?

There comes a time in a legendary sports car's life when the buyers start wondering where all those machines come from. If you're Ferrari or Lamborghini, you whisk your customers off to Italy to show them the hand-assembly lines. But if you're GM, you show off your production line in good ol' Bowling Green, Kentucky,… » 6/17/08 4:45pm 6/17/08 4:45pm

2009 Corvette ZR1 Power Numbers Finalized: LS9 V8 Hits 638 HP!

We got a release from the folks at the General yesterday, and we were told we could run it at midnight-plus-one, but then we forgot about it. These things happen, you know. We mean, who gets excited about something as fait accompli as the 2009 Corvette ZR1 getting just over 620 HP? Well, if your answer is everyone,… » 4/25/08 10:20am 4/25/08 10:20am

2009 Corvette ZR1 Raptured, Leaves Behind Carefully Labeled Carbon…

Here's a pretty slick wall display from Plasan, the supplier of the carbon fiber parts for the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Instead of just stacking their stuff on the floor and making a path for people to walk through, like we do in the home office, they decided to utilize the wonders of vertical storage and even went all the… » 4/15/08 3:00pm 4/15/08 3:00pm

2009 Corvette ZR1 Sets Nürburgring On Fire

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is getting oh so close to launch, and it's just been caught doing hot laps on the Nürburgring. The most powerful Corvette ever built was captured on video running consecutive laps in the 7:40 range — that unofficial time puts it in the race for the top production car ever round the Nordschleife.… » 4/10/08 3:00pm 4/10/08 3:00pm

Fireblade Concept Is The New 2009 Corvette ZR1

There's little doubt we're fan-boys when it comes to the new 2009 Corvette ZR1. Any time you take a Corvette and give it more power, lighter weight, bigger brakes and a more competent suspension, you're talking about all the ingredients to send our supercar-loving hearts thumping right out of our chest, sign in hand… » 4/04/08 4:40pm 4/04/08 4:40pm

2009 Corvette ZR1 Caught Testing In Assorted Colors

It's not secret that we're psyched about the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. So while we've already seen a lot of the upcoming super 'vette in blue, gray, and even with its LS9 engine in pieces, we're excited to see up close shots of it in red and yellow. And now, thanks to some kid hanging out near Corvette HQ in… » 3/29/08 2:30am 3/29/08 2:30am

Man Generously Selling First Batch Of Corvette ZR-1's, Only $350,000

We wouldn't blame someone for wanting three 2009 Corvette ZR-1's, as the supercharged V8-powered promises to be the fastest Corvette ever. We guess we can't blame him for selling the other two because, you know, what are you going to do with three of them? But call us old fashioned, because we think charging $350,000… » 3/11/08 10:20am 3/11/08 10:20am

Motor Trend Gaming Google on the 2009 Corvette ZR1?

While covering the Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend, specifically the $1 million purchase of the first "retailable" 2009 Corvette ZR1, we did a quick Google search for the 2009 Corvette ZR1 in order to pull up our old story on the new super-Vette from the General. When the results came up, we noticed something… » 1/21/08 9:45am 1/21/08 9:45am