New for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette this year is the ZR1 which boasts a supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, making Corvette ZR1 performance truly noteworthy. Both the base coupe and convertible models feature a 6.2L V8 for 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The optional dual-mode exhaust adds another 6 hp and 4 lb-ft. The Z06 boasts an exotic-class 505 hp and 470 lb-ft from its 7.0-liter V8. All 2009 Chevrolet Corvettes have a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic is a no-cost option for the base coupe and convertible. EPA fuel economy estimates are a respectable16 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 19 mpg combined for a manual transmission. For the automatic transmission, these numbers drop by 1 mpg. The Z06 checks in at 15/24/18 mpg, and the ZR1 has a 14/20/16 EPA estimate. Antilock disc brakes are standard, as is Active Handling, a superb stability control system. Side-impact airbags are optional on 1LT models and are standard with all other LT packages.Read more Read less
For 2009, Chevrolet's venerable Corvette sees one significant change--the return of the ZR1. This ultra Corvette features a supercharged 638-hp 6.2L V8, larger wheels and tires, Brembo ceramic composite brakes and makes use of carbon fiber panels for the hood, roof, front splitter, and rocker moldings. ZR1 pricing starts at just over $94,000 Elsewhere in the Corvette lineup, the Acoustic Package and steering wheel-mount audio controls are now standard on all models, power steering features a variable ratio and the Corvette badge has been updated. New exterior colors include Blade Silver Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic, while interior trim colors include Ebony and Dark Titanium.
Supercar performance; flashy looks; racing-derived equipment (Z06); lots of sports-car bang for the buck
Chevrolet's 2009 Corvette coupe and convertible are flashy, fast sports cars, yet they're comfortable enough to drive daily. The Corvette Z06 ups the sports car ante and makes various race-proven design features available in an affordably priced production vehicle. The ZR1 name returns for the first time since 1995, bringing with it world-beating performance in a brutish but attractive package. All Corvettes, whether coupe or convertible, base model, Z06, or ZR1, should be considered downright bargains across the board.