The classic sports car has returned for another year of impressive power, aerodynamic styling, and eye-catching features. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette's two main styles - coupe and convertible - remain mostly the same as the prior year's model. However, the latest addition, the ZR1, is where the transformation begins. With an all-new exterior design, the Corvette ZR1 has a chiseled body, sporty accents, and more power than most of the competition.
Under the hood of both the coupe and convertible is a 6.2L LS3 aluminum-block V8 that can produce up to 430 horsepower. However, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 blows away the base models. With a supercharged 6.2L V8, the ZR1 powers out at a whopping 638 horsepower, with few roadsters other than the Mercedes SL Class able to keep up. This trim level also features a 6-speed manual transmission for quicker acceleration and enhanced driver control. The coupe and convertible also offer a 6-speed paddle shifting automatic transmission. This advanced transmission gives drivers the control of a manual combined with the ease of an automatic.
One of the most innovative features of the Corvette ZR1 is the utilization of carbon fiber. This lightweight material allows the two-seater sports car to reach high speeds faster. Carbon fiber is employed in the hood, roof, and front fascia. With high-performance suspension and tuning, the 2009 Corvette is unmatched among other American sports cars.
While most classic sports car buyers are not overly concerned about fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette comes in at a pretty moderate rating. With 16 city MPG and 26 highway MPG makes it a little easier to drive it just for fun. Of course, the supercharged ZR1 ranks a bit lower with 14 city MPG and 20 highway MPG.
Chevrolet's unbeatable 100,000-mile powertrain warranty is included with the purchase of any 2009 Corvette; the OnStar safety system is standard as well. This program features instant collision alerts as well as turn-by-turn navigation; provided by a live OnStar representative, as well as other convenience elements like remote door unlocking. With the 2-door coupe coming in at around $47,045, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette caters to the enthusiast. The ZR1 starts at around $102,450, so most amateur aficionados will just admire it from afar. Nonetheless, for the price, the Corvette ZR1 certainly delivers. But, buyers beware; the ZR1 gets an additional tax added on by the government for excessive fuel consumption. Of course, that's probably not enough to put off any true Corvette devotee.