Corvette ZR1 by the Numbers

Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:06am EDT

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Chevrolet announces performance results and pricing for the new
ultimate-performance Corvette

DETROIT, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The official Corvette ZR1 numbers are in
and they're good. Very good:
     -- $103,300 MSRP (including $850 destination charge)
     -- EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14 city and 20 highway
     -- 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
     -- 0-100 mph in 7.0 seconds
     -- Quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.3 seconds at 131 mph

    The Corvette ZR1 also has a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), making it the
fastest Corvette ever produced and ranking it among the global super cars of
commensurate performance. None of those other super cars, however, equals the
ZR1's performance-per-dollar ratio.
    "The ZR1 is an incredible machine by any measure," said Ed Peper, North
American Vice President, Chevrolet. "There's simply no other vehicle in the
world that does a better job of balancing performance, price and fuel
    Performance perspective
    The Corvette ZR1's 0-60 performance is 0.3-second quicker than the
already-quick Corvette Z06 and the 0-100-mph performance is nearly a full
second quicker - 7 seconds vs. the Z06's 7.9 seconds. It is performance that
is equal to or better than many super cars costing substantially more.
    "A favorable power-to-weight ratio gives the ZR1 an advantage over the
competition and performance that has to be experienced to fully appreciate,"
said Tom Wallace, Corvette chief engineer. "Of course, on a racetrack, drivers
of competitors' cars may appreciate the ZR1 in a whole different manner."
    And the racetrack isn't the only place where the ZR1 trumps its super-car
competitors - it beats them at the gas pump, too. According to, the ZR1's EPA-rated 14 city and 20 highway mileage ratings
beat 2008 competitors such as the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (11 city / 15
highway); the Lamborghini Murcielago (8 city / 13 highway) and the Aston
Martin V8 Vantage (12 city / 19 highway). They're competitive with the Dodge
Viper (13 city / 22 highway) and the Porsche 911 GT3 (15 city / 22 highway).
    Under the carbon-fiber hood
    A new LS9 6.2L supercharged small-block engine powers the ZR1's
performance capability. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components
support high-rpm performance, while a new, sixth-generation supercharger (and
complementing charge-cooling system) helps the LS9 make big power and torque
across the rpm range. The engine is hand-assembled at GM's Performance Build
Center, in Wixom, Mich.
    In addition to the LS9 engine, the ZR1 is a technology powerhouse,
designed with lightweight and unique components that reinforce its performance
with a confidant feel on either a highway or road course.
    The standard ZR1 comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including
lightweight seats and lightweight content. The available uplevel interior
package includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats
(embroidered with the ZR1 logo); side air bags; Bose premium audio system;
navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; power telescoping  steering column;
custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors and more.  Chrome
wheels are the only other available option on the ZR1.   Detailed pricing
noted below.     -- $103,300 Base MSRP including destination
     -- $1,700 Gas guzzler tax
     -- $10,000 Option package
     -- $2,000 Chrome wheels

    About Chevrolet
    Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive
brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the
leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000
and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle
category.  Chevy cars and trucks have expressive design, spirited performance
and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive
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SOURCE  General Motors Corporation

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