Corvette ZR1 Shaves Four Seconds Off Nürburgring Lap Time

With GM hotshoe Jan Magnussen in the cockpit of Zee Really fast One » 10/28/08 5:40pm 10/28/08 5:40pm, the General's hypercar trimmed a staggering four seconds off its previous record-breaking lap time, bringing in a 7:22.4 lap around the 13-mile circuit. Although blisteringly quick, the ZR1's new time still falls short of the Viper ACR's best time of …

Popular Mechanics Puts Its Own Numbers To The Corvette ZR1

We knew the 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 10/14/08 4:15pm 10/14/08 4:15pm was fast, but until now, we didn’t know how fast it could be in the hands of anyone other than GM’s official test drivers. It appears has strapped its own timing gear to the ZR1 and hit the go pedal. We’re kind of relieved they pulled times slightly slower than those officially quoted by …

Jeremy Clarkson Loves The ZR1, But Says It Began "To Disintegrate”…

Writing in his weekly column in the ever-so-slightly left-of-center Sunday Times » 10/08/08 12:45pm 10/08/08 12:45pm, expressed his love for the before claiming “after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate.” He may have just been "doing it wrong." Of course, this being Clarkson, the rest of the column was about the , the War of…

Rumor Busted: Corvette ZR1 Production NOT Canceled

UPDATE: Rumor busted! Chevy PR tells us ZR1 production has NOT been canceled. DigitalCorvettes was, as we'd claimed most likely the case, wrong on this story. » 10/07/08 9:25pm 10/07/08 9:25pm is reporting a rumor that production on the , Chevy's new super car we a month or so ago, has been halted at the Bowling Green Corvette plant. We knew the…

Top Gear Reviews 2009 Corvette ZR1, America's Reputation At Stake

Hopefully we'll all have the chance to see a full Top Gear » 9/15/08 8:30am 9/15/08 8:30am top test of the by Jeremy Clarkson, complete with big powerslides, loud proclamations of "Powwah!" and a power lap by the Stig. However, for the moment you'll have to be happy with 's Paul Horrell, who recently spent time behind the wheel of the new…

Secrets Of The 2009 Corvette ZR1: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Tires

One of the most impressive things about the 2009 Corvette ZR1 is how much grip it has. Normally, sticking 638 HP into something that weighs just 3,350 LBS and driving only the rear wheels would result in massive amounts of wheel spin, both in a straight line and around corners. But in the ZR1, it doesn't — not without… » 8/27/08 4:00pm 8/27/08 4:00pm

2009 Corvette ZR1: First Drive

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 8/19/08 10:30pm 8/19/08 10:30pm is the best car ever made. It redefines what performance cars are capable of, not by its numbers (the 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds and a 205 MPH top speed figures are no longer noteworthy north of $100,000), but by how it makes those numbers so accessible. Simply put, the ZR1's most remarkable…

Buy A 2009 Corvette ZR1 For Only $81,000... Over MSRP

Mac Haik Chevrolet in Houston, Texas is offering you the chance to buy a 2009 Corvette ZR1 for the low price of $185,000 (just $81,000 over MSRP ), thus answering Suze Orman's ZR1 ownership question with a definitive "NO!" Even better, if you buy the black-on-black ZR1 you'll have to wait at least a month because, as the … » 8/08/08 4:20pm 8/08/08 4:20pm

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 glossies… » 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 vacation … » 7/09/08 8:40am 7/09/08 8:40am

Garage 419 Debates ZR1 Vs. GT-R, Nurburgring Times Faked?

In the wake of the 2009 Corvette ZR1's record lap of the Nurburgring, some people are arguing whether the claims made manufacturers are legit. Matt Farah over at Garage419 has sources who claim the tires may have been shaved for more grip. But how much do Nurburgring lap times really matter? If you were choosing… » 7/08/08 3:20pm 7/08/08 3:20pm

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 top … » 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

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