“ZR1. ZR1. ZR1. The fastest and most powerful car GM has ever built becomes available for public consumption in 2009. We've driven it, and it was nothing short of "shock and awe" inspiring” (Motor Trend, September 2008).
This ZR1 Corvette was, at its time, the most powerful car ever produced by GM. Its top speed was rated over 200mph, and with 638hp in a 3350lb. car, it easily achieved supercar speeds. It borrowed the aluminum chassis from the Z06, but it employed Selective Magnetic Ride Control instead of the standard suspension used in the Z06. The carbon fiber hood had a special window which displayed the intercooler and the supercharged 6.2L LS9 engine underneath. The ZR1 retailed for $103,300, but still included steering wheel mounted audio controls and other creature comforts just like every other Corvette. Unlike many supercars, the ZR1 was perfectly driveable under normal road conditions, and was enjoyed by 1,415 buyers in 2009.
Other Corvette models remained largely unchanged for the 2009 model year, and production was more than half of the previous years. In spite of this, the Corvette was still a successful car, and the MSRP remained consistent with previous models. It was available in ten colors, black being the most popular, and boasted all the creature comforts not found on cars costing twice as much.