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
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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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2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Road Test
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR
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Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 @ the Track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JoSB5_PF0Y
Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2erdrkQbI
2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT V6 Full Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziISB6n_5do
Ford Shelby GT500 v Hennessey Camaro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwCFIk0xH_s
Hennessey HPE550 Supercharged Chevy Camaro SS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNcZeqG082A
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.
Audi R8 4.2l V8 ohne ESD / without exhaust
This Audi R8 4.2l V8 has no Exhaust and is really loud. We were working on this car and wanted to install a new sports Exhaust by Supersport.de when we decided to just let it run without the Exhaust. You like?
Wir hatten gerade an dem Audi R8 gearbeitet, um in der Supersport-Werkstatt einen neuen Duplex-Endschalldämpfer einzubauen. Da kamen wir auch die Idee, die Flunder einfach mal ohne den Endschalldämpfer zu fahren. Hier ist das (laute) Ergebnis...
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!
Corvette ZR1 0-330 km/h (Motorsport)
Embarquez pour un petit tour à 330 km/h en Corvette ZR1. Hallucinant !
Essai complet à retrouver dans le prochain numéro du magazine Motorsport début septembre.
Moteur : V8 Compresseur
Cylindrée : 6 162 cm3
Puissance : 647 chevaux
Couple : 83,4 mkg
Poids : 1 512 kg
Prix : 149 400 euros
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...
Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1011_2011_chevrolet_corvette_zr1_2010_porsche_911_turbo_comparison/index.html
Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Duane Sempson
Edited by: Mike Suggett
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Review, and Tour
www.lamborghinicarolinas.com In this video I give a full in depth review and tour on the all new 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds. A thorough review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Chases 200 MPH in Europe - Epic Drives Episode 3
On this episode of Epic Drives, Angus MacKenzie and Justin Bell take a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 from Munich, Germany to Maranello, Italy. Along the way they push the limits on the Autobahn, gaze upon the Alps from the Stelvio Pass and dance with a Ferrari 458 Italia in the hills of Maranello.
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2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Test
Motor Trend editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine outlines the Motor Trend test numbers for the all-new 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in our exclusive video.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Mike Suggett
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Corvette ZR1 angry sound
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Chris Ashworth records the angry sound of a Corvette ZR1, an amazing Exhaust sound. Seen at the Hot Rod Power Tour in Detroit.