ZR1 Put to the Test: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Full Test
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Brute force, a quality we can't help but assign to any car generating 638 horsepower, is by definition anything but subtle. Yet the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 manages at once to be both brutally quick and remarkably mild-mannered. Its quarter-mile acceleration is quicker than any production car we've ever tested, its chassis is benign but highly capable and its carbon-ceramic brakes are mind-bending in their effectiveness. This new Vette offers an unlikely combination of performance and real-world usability that we're proud to experience in an American car.
This combination is as rare as truth in a presidential debate. Honestly, most of the ZR1's competition (think Dodge Viper ACR) or Nissan GT-R)) is less capable and makes a much larger compromise in typical road driving. With the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 we have a machine that is engaging to drive, capable of making insane numbers on the test track and also a legitimate road car.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Full Test
CHECK OUT THE NEW DIESEL JETTA:
For those alternative-fuel-conscious, carbon-conscientious driving
enthusiasts among us, the big news from Volkswagen is electric, mainly
because it has introduced a car that isn't.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel (yep, that's its official name)
is the first diesel-powered new car to be certified for sale across the
entire U.S. — including California and the four states that piggyback
their emissions regulations on the Golden State since they all turned up
their tailpipe-sniffing noses at everyone else in 2006.
So it was probably no mere coincidence that Volkswagen chose Santa Monica,
California, as the site for the introduction of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
TDI. And as we later tested the Jetta TDI near our Santa Monica office by
driving the Pacific Coast Highway and the canyon roads of Malibu, we were
happy to flaunt this turbodiesel's new
clean-and-green status in the backyard of so many Prius-driving members of
the celebrity set.
ZR1 Smokes GT-R: Chevy Corvette ZR1 vs. Nissan GT-R
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Corvette Grand Sport Road Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWlK669ZVdY
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It's already hot at 11 a.m. as we pull our 2009 Nissan GT-R into the
visitor's parking lot at GM's proving grounds in Arizona. The Japanese
supercar looks like a spaceship next to the aging, 1960s-era brick
buildings that front the massive desert test facility on the outskirts of
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Road Test
nside Line roasts the tires of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 then
explains why the car's new Performance Traction Management system makes it
harder to do ... and why that's a good thing.
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR
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Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger:
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2LT V6 Full Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziISB6n_5do
Ford Shelby GT500 v Hennessey Camaro:
Hennessey HPE550 Supercharged Chevy Camaro SS:
We're looking at the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Z06, but we're imagining a '68 Shelby GT500KR staging next to a Corvette
with one of the 427-cubic-inch V8s on the Connecting Highway in Queens, New
York, probably sometime during the Nixon administration. We don't know how
the cars are tuned or which driver has the better hole-shot technique, but
we're calling our street race in favor of the Vette.
You see, there's no historical basis for a close Corvette-Mustang rivalry. A Corvette of any
year is a little too fast and smart to be street racing ratty muscle cars.
It's a real sports car, the kind of car that's still fun when you start
going around corners.
But maybe it's a different story with this 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Each of these rear-wheel-drive coupes has a V8
rated for more than 500 horsepower at the flywheel.
And with the release of the limited-edition 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, Ford
has moved in on Chevrolet's price territory. The GT500KR leaves the Ford
factory as a $46,730 GT500 coupe and is shipped as a rolling chassis to
Carroll Shelby's facility near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. By
the time the KR cruises out of Shelby's shop, it's an $82,395 Mustang.
As such, the King-of-the-Road Mustang must now contend with this
$76,920 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. And though the Z06 is a few horsepower shy of the
upcoming ZR1, it's not an easy mark. The GT500KR will have to play like a
sports car just to keep up.
Corvette ZR1 First Drive
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Possibly the only thing more surprising than the existence of a
$100,000-plus, 638-horsepower factory-built
Corvette is that the car is a total pussycat.
Don't get us wrong, this 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can kill you quite
completely dead. We mean like augured-in, test-pilot kind of
beyond-recognition dead. It is capable of such stunning velocity in such a
short distance that if things go wrong at even a fraction of its ultimate
speed, it'll tear a ragged hole in just about whatever it encounters.
This ZR1 produces 638 hp — the equivalent of the power produced by the
405-hp 1995 Corvette ZR-1 (the "King of the Hill Corvette") plus a 1984
Corvette plus a 1968 Citroën 2CV.
Or think of it this way. If you bolted three 1980s-era Corvette L83 small
blocks end to end to end to produce a single V24 engine, it would still
produce 23 hp fewer than the ZR1's supercharged LS9 V8. For perspective,
the total power received by the earth from the sun is considerably higher
at 174.0 petawatts (1015 watts) or 233,334,000,000,000 hp*.
But for all its badass credentials, its power output of a hydroelectric dam
and its stunning production-car lap record at the Nürburgring
Nordschleife, the ZR1 doesn't really seem to want to kill you all that bad.
What do you think this is, a freakin' Dodge Viper or something? That
widowmaker is right now sitting in a nearby parking lot plotting ways to
turn you into freshly chopped liver — liver that it will then fry to a
savory firmness right there on its Exhaust-heated rocker panels.
ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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Corvette ZR1 vs. SL65 AMG Black Series, Murciélago LP640, Viper SRT10 - CAR and DRIVER
Unnatural selection: With 600 horsepower (and then some),
these supercars are at the pinnacle of the automotive food chain. Just like
dinosaurs, they may be doomed.
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Corvette ZR1 Tracktest: V8-Power mit Hammer-Sound
V8-Kompressor, 647 PS, 819 Nm: Diese Bärenkräfte sollten locker reichen,
damit sich die Corvette ZR1 auf Platz eins der Tracktest-Bestenliste
schieben kann. Ob's gelingt? Patrick Simon gibt jedenfalls alles!
ZR1 Drag Race King - Spanks GTR, 599, and GT2
Join us as we pit Chevy's all-new 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1
against the Nissan GTR, Ferrari 599 GTB, and Porsche GT2 in a no holds
barred drag race.
Shot By: Jim Gleason and Mike Suggett
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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Monsters' Brawl! Corvette ZR1 vs Porsche 911 Turbo
It's the King of the Hill vs the Autobahn Kaiser. The Chevrolet Corvette
ZR1 and the Porsche 911 turbo do battle
in a comparison of epic proportions at the track with professional hot shoe
Justin Bell, on the drag strip and through a standing mile...
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Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Duane Sempson
Edited by: Mike Suggett
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Track Attack with Ron Fellows
Champion driver and ZR1 driving instructor Ron Fellows takes us on a hot
lap of Spring Mountain's 2.2 mile circuit...
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Shot by: Gordon Green
Edited by: Gordon Green