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2009 Corvette ZR1: Supercar Status

2009 Corvette ZR1
The anticipation in the late 1980s for a super performance Corvette, (eventually known as the ZR-1) was repeated in 2007 - with the big difference being the Internet to really fan the flames of interest. The hype included names, such as SS, Blue Devil, Sting Ray, Z07 and ZR-2. The SS was short for "Super Sport" and a tribute to past high performance Chevrolet models. Corvette lore however had SS as short for "Snake Slayer", implying superiority over the Dodge Viper, the Corvette's main competition. "Blue Devil" was a reference to the sports teams of Duke University, which was GM CEO Rick Wagoner's Alma Mater. Sting Ray was last used on early C3 vettes, Z07 implied a better Z06 and ZR-2 was a nod to the LT-5 engined 1990 thru 1995 ZR-1s.

GM settled on ZR1 as the moniker for the new super Corvette, dropping the hyphen as it did not comply with their "current rule for alphanumeric designations."


ZR1 Engine: 6.2 liters, Supercharged

Propelling the Corvette well into Supercar territory, the engine explored a new concept for Corvette: forced induction. A roots style Eaton supercharger, developed specifically for the Corvette, is behind the horsepower explosion.
Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine Exposed David Kimble illustration Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine

The new engine is not based on the 427 cubic inch Z06, as one might expect, but is closer to the LS3. LS9 is the new designation for the ZR1 engine and the displacement - 6.2 liters (376 cubic inches) - is the same as is the bore (4.06 inches [103.25 mm]) and stroke (3.62 inches [92 mm]). 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine oil squirters There are differences however. Shorter connecting rods result in a lower (9.9:1) compression ratio that is more suited to a forced induction engine. The heads, which are CNC machined, are made of a special aluminum alloy which better copes with the high heat load. Other changes include a special head gasket and swirl wing in the intake tract. Oil cooling jets (right) spray oil to the bottom of the pistons, helping to keep temperatures in check and to decrease noise. The new LS9 features a dry sump lubrication system, an updated version of the unit in the LS7 equipped Z06.

2009 Corvette ZR1

2009 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
**6 Modified Two-Tone Seats with Embroidery 1,543 (9.10%) $695.00
2LT Equipment Group - Coup 1,193 (7.04%) $1,545.00
2LT Equipment Group - Convertible 686 (4.05%) $3,540.00
2LZ Equipment Group - Z06 1,654 (9.75%) $3,015.00
3LT Equipment Group - Coup 3,256 (19.20%) $4,555.00
3LT Equipment Group - Convertible 1,974 (11.64%) $6,550.00
45U Velocity Yellow Exterior Paint 1,370 (8.08%) $750.00
83U Atomic Orange Exterior Paint 726 (4.28%) $300.00
85U Jetstream Blue Exterior Paint 1,367 (8.06%) $750.00
89U Crystal Red Exterior Paint 1,987 (11.72%) $750.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (coup) 1,051 (6.20%) $1,400.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, transparent (coup) 1,417 (8.36%) $750.00
D30 Non-recommended color / trim / top combo 71 (0.42%) $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control (coup / convertible) 2,105 (12.41%) $1,995.00
GU2 Rear Axle 2..73 Ratio (with automatic transmission) 3,971 (23.42%) $395.00
MX0 Six-speed Paddle Auto Transmission (coup / convertible) 8,560 (50.48%) $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System (coup / convertible) 6,238 (36.79%) $1,195.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 372 (2.19%) $395.00
Q6B Chrome 20-spoke Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 1,132 (6.68%) $2,000.00
Q76 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 795 (4.69%) $1,995.00
Q8A Spider Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 1,903 (11.22%) $1,995.00
Q9V Forged Chrome Aluminum Wheels (coup / convertible) 5,649 (33.32%) $1,850.00
QG7 Forged Polished Aluminum Wheels (coup / convertible) 1,989 (11.73%) $1,295.00
QL9 Polished Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 13 (0.08%) $1,495.00
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (coup / convertible) 1,028 (6.06%) $395.00
R8C Corvette Museum Delivery 392 (2.31%) $490.00
R8E Gas Guzzler Tax (ZR1) 1,415 (8.35%) $1,700.00
U3U AM/FM, CD, Navigation, Bose 7,903 (46.61%) $1,750.00
VPK Exterior Appearance Package 67 (0.40%) $2,095.00
VPL Exterior Appearance Package with Wheels 433 (2.55%) $5,475.00
Z51 Performance Package (coup / convertible) 4,513 (26.62%) $1,695.00

Total Production: 16,956
Coupe: 8,632 (50.91%)
Convertible: 3,701 (21.83%)
Competition Sport Special Edition: 52 (0.31%)
GT1 Championship Edition Convertible:: 17 (0.10%)
Z06: 3,386 (19.97%)
Competition Sport Special Edition Z06: 20 (0.12%)
GT1 Championship Special Edition Z06: 55 (0.32%)
ZR1: 1,415 (8.35%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $47,895.00. Base Corvette Convertible with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $52,550.00.
Competition Sport Special Edition: $55,765.00. GT1 Championship Edition Coup: $65,410. GT1 Championship Edition Convertible: $71,915.00. Corvette Z06 Coup with 427 cu. in. 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $73,255.00.
Competition Sport Special Edition Corvette Z06 Coup with 427 cu. in. 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $77,600.00. GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvette Z06 Coup with 427 cu. in. 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $86,486.00 ZR1 Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 638hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $103,300.00.


2009 Packages
RPO Description Contains Production Price
2LT

Equipment Group Coupe

Includes side impact air bags, sports seats, six way power passenger seat, cargo net and luggage shade 1,193 (7.04%) $1,545
2LT

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes side impact air bags, sports seats, six way power passenger seat, cargo net and luggage shade 686 (4.05%) $3,540
2LZ

Z06 Preferred Equipent Group

Includes side air bags, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, heated seats, RPO U2K, cargo net, luggage shade and homelink 1,654 (9.75%) $3,015
3LT

Preferred Equipment Group Coupe

Includes 2LT items + heads-up display, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, memory package, heated seats, RPO US9 radio, compass and homelink 3,256 (19.20%) $4,555
3LT

Preferred Equipment Group Convertible

Includes 2LT items + heads-up display, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, memory package, heated seats, RPO US9 radio, compass and homelink 1,974 (11.64%) $6,550
3LZ

Preferred Equipment Group Z06

Includes 2LZ items + leather wrapped interior and bias pattern console trim 1,163 (6.86%) $6,515
3ZR

Preferred Equipment Group ZR1

Includes 2LZ items + power-adjustable, leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); Bose audio system; navigation; Bluetooth; custom leather-wrapped interior 1,202 (7.09%) $10,000
4LT

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes 2LT and 3LT items + crossed flags headrest embroidery 449 (2.65%) $10,050
4LT

Equipment Group Coupe

Includes 2LT and 3LT items + crossed flags headrest embroidery 307 (1.81%) $8,055
ZHZ

Hertz Special Edition

A special run of yellow automatic transmission convertibles for Hertz; initially not sold to the public but were eventually made available by Hertz. 375 (2.21%) n/a

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top
10 Arctic White 863 (5.09%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
17 Blade Silver 1,642 (9.68%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
41 Black 3,665 (21.61%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
45 Velocity Yellow 1,370 (8.08%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige
57 Cyber Gray 1,416 (8.35%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
74 Victory Red 2,231 (13.16%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
83 Atomic Orange 726 (4.28%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige
85 Jetstream Blue 1,367 (8.06%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige / Gray
89 Crystal Red 1,987 (11.72%) Red / Cashmere / Ebony / Ebony/Cashmere / Ebony/Gray / Ebony/Red / Dark Titanium / Linen / Sienna / Titanium Gray Black / Beige

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