The Corvette, a line of sports car models associated with American speed and desirability for over 60 years, took performance to a new level in 2007 when the third Corvette ZR1 emerged from the production line in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Unlike the former ZR1 upgrade to the C3 and C4 Corvette platforms, the new ZR1 incorporated the wide use of carbon fiber in addition to the traditional fiberglass composite body panels. Under the modified body, aluminum was used to craft a rigid and lightweight chassis.
Under a deceptively conservative hood, a 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 developing 638 hp sits in the place of the entry-level naturally aspirated LS3 power plant. With this powerful and reengineered engine, the ZR1 is capable of demolishing a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and achieving a top speed of 205 mph.
The 2007-2014 ZR1 surprised the automotive industry and enthusiasts when it set a production car record for shortest braking distance at a scant 96 feet from 60 mph. Equipped with the Corvette’s six-speed manual Trimec TR-6060 transmission, the ZR1 features a flywheel lightened by 9.9 ounces for throttle and acceleration improvements.
Aesthetically, the ZR1 features extended front aerodynamic improvements finished in clear-coated carbon fiber and an enlarged rear spoiler. Blue ZR1 badges decorate the exterior, and a transparent polycarbonate window in the hood allows a view of the “LS9 supercharged” badge on the supercharger cover.
As a performance vehicle, the ZR1 sets itself apart from its model line siblings and outside competitors when it steps onto the track. At the Nürburgring in 2012, a stock ZR1 set the 10th fastest lap time ever for a production vehicle.
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