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2009 C6 Chevrolet Corvette Model Guide

Specifications, VIN, Options, Performance, Recalls, & More

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Model & Generation
2009 C6 Corvette
Body Type
2 Door Coupe & Convertible
VIN Range
1G1YY26W295100001 - 1G1YZ26E795115933 (Coupe, Convertible & Z06), 1G1YR26R895800001 - 1G1YR26R895801343 (ZR1), 1G1YY25R695700001 - 1G1YR26R695700060 (ZR1 Pilot), 1G1YY36W195200001 - 1G1YY36W995200375 (Hertz), 1G1YG26E295300001 - 1G1YG26E295300077 (Yellow GT1), 1G1YG26E995400001 - 1G1YG26W195400048 (Black GT1)
Original Price
$47,895 (Coupe), $53,550 (Convertible), $55,765 (Competition Sport), $65,410 (GT1 C.E. Coupe), $71,915 (GT1 C.E. Conv.), $73,255 (Z06 Coupe), $77,600 (Comp. Sport Z06), $86,486 (GT1 C.E. Z06), $103,300 (ZR1 Coupe)
376 C.I. (6.2L) LS3 Engine (Coupe and Convertible), 427 C.I. (7.0L) LS7 Engine (Z06), 376 C.I. (6.2L) LS9 Engine (ZR1)
6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Paddle Shift Automatic
Units Produced

2009 Corvette – The Ultimate Guide

The arrival of the 2009 Corvette came at a time when General Motors, and indeed the world, was facing considerable economic hardships. The financial crisis and the dramatic drop in the U.S. vehicle market exposed deficiencies within General Motors that had to be addressed.

As sales slowed to a crawl (despite an improved vehicle lineup that consumers found appealing, even without added incentives) and their own cash reserves nearly depleted, GM was forced to accept a government-ordered “managed” bankruptcy in the summer of 2009. GM filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the Manhattan New York federal bankruptcy court on June 1, 2009 at approximately 8:00 am EST. In order to keep General Motors from truly going under, it was decided that GM would receive a taxpayer-funded bailout in exchange for a massive, corporation-wide reorganization.

The reorganization would be spearheaded by the U.S. Government, and supervised by a “car czar” appointed by President Barack Obama. During this process, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner was forced to resign. At the end of it all, General Motors would be transformed from a company with eight unique brands – which (up to the reorganization) included Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, and Hummer – to just four – which included the surviving brands of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac.

The result was fewer brands, less bureaucracy, dramatically reduced debt, new corporate management (including new GM CEO Frederick Arthur “Fritz” Henderson), and a more competitive cost structure.  Sadly, however, the reorganization of GM also resulted in a dramatic reduction in GM jobs – approximately 25% of its total workforce (20,000 of 80,000 jobs) – were eliminated.  Additionally, it meant a dramatic reduction in the total number of its U.S. Dealerships (leaving just 3,600 of 6,000) under the GM umbrella.

Despite all of this, GM announced that the 2009 model year would not only bring changes to the current Corvette model line-up, but that it would also introduce the world to one of the most powerful – and, ironically, most expensive – production-model Corvettes of all time – the 638 horsepower ZR1 Corvette Coupe (see 2009 ZR1 Corvette Overview).

GM’s designers and engineers did not see the setbacks of a corporate reorganization as anything that should interfere with the continuation of the Corvette’s development, and in February, 2009, the latest in a long-line of Corvette concept vehicles stunned both the press and the public as it was unveiled for the first time at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. This new Corvette, which was appropriately named “Stingray,” was billed by GM’s Chief of Design Ed Welburn as “a no-holds-barred vision” of Americas Sports car.

2009 Corvette Stingray Concept
The 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

This Corvette blended elements from earlier Corvettes, (such as a rear split-window reminiscent of the 1963 Stingray,) with futuristic visual cues unlike anything seen on any Corvette before it. Although a vision of what future Corvettes could very well look like, this design was actually developed in conjunction with Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures for the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” which hit movie theaters later that same year.

The 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept car was featured in Michael Bay’s 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” as the Autobot “Sideswipe.”

While the 2008 model year saw a number of notable improvements to the C6 coupe and convertible, including the introduction of the LS3 6.2L V-8 as the new standard engine for the base model Corvettes, the focus of the 2009 model year would be centered on refining those improvements while simultaneously ushering in a new era of Corvette performance unparalleled in the production car’s impressive history.

“The Corvette is an American icon with world-class credentials,” said Ed Peper, General Manager of Chevrolet.  “It’s the car we all aspire to own and the 2009 edition, with more choices and features, only amplifies that craving.”

2009 Corvette
The 2009 Corvette Coupe (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Returning for the 2009 Corvette lineup was the coupe and convertible models, each powered by a 430-horsepower (321kW) LS3 V-8 engine.  As before, the LS3 small-block V-8 was rated at 430 horsepower (321kW) and 424 lb/ft of torque when equipped with the standard exhaust system.

Introduced in 2008, an optional two-mode exhaust system was also offered once more (RPO NPP) for both the coupe and convertible. When so equipped, the dual exhaust brought the LS3’s output to 436 horsepower and 428 lb./ft. of torque.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The 2009 Corvette Convertible. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Also returning on the 2009 Coupe and Convertible models was a six-speed manual transmission, or the optional six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.  When ordered with the Z51 Performance Package, the six-speed manual transmission came equipped with more performance-oriented gearing, including a “shorter” 2.97:1 first gear.

The optional six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission on the coupe and convertible provided drivers with a greater sense of control when using the shifting paddles. A 2.73 performance axle ratio was available to consumers when ordering their Corvette with an automatic transmission, and it was included in the Z51 Performance Package.

2009 Corvette
The 2009 Z06 Corvette Coupe. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

As for what was new for 2009, there were few readily identifiable changes between the current and 2008 models, although the offerings for 2009 included some unique new features such as: a 1LT Convertible package, which dropped the MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) on convertibles in this trim level.  In addition to this, consumers purchasing a convertible at the 2LT trim level no received a power top as a standard part of that option package.

DID YOU KNOW:  Probably due in large part to the downturn in the U.S (and global) economy, the total production run of 2009 Corvette was only 16,956 cars, making it the lowest since 1962’s production run of 14,531 units (not taking into consideration 1997’s run of just 9,752 cars, which was due to the late introduction of the new C5 model).

This low production run is doubly ironic considering that in 2009, consumers had their choice of nine different Corvette configurations including the base coupe, base convertible, Z06, ZR1, Competition Sport Special Editions (Coupe and Z06), & GT1 Championship Editions (Coupe, Convertible and Z06).

Two new exterior colors were introduced for the 2009 model year – Cyber Gray Metallic and Blade Silver Metallic – bring the 2009 Corvette’s exterior color palette to a total of nine colors.  Machine Silver Metallic was discontinued. For the 2009’s interior, two new, custom-leather-wrapped interiors were offered – a Dark Titanium and Ebony – which joined Sienna and Linen as available options.  Lastly, steering wheel audio controls and variable-ratio steering became stand on all models while a power hatch pull-down system became a standard option on all 2009 coupes and Z06 models.

 2009 Z06 Coupe Rims
The 2009 Z06 Coupe featured a new, 10-spoke “spider” design. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Naturally, a new model year wouldn’t be complete without at least a few new unique features, and the 2009 Corvette had a couple, though only the discerning eye of an educated Corvette enthusiast might identify these changes.  To start, the Corvette’s crossed flags emblem was enhanced to include a bright, new surround. The 2009 Corvette was also the first to be equipped with Bluetooth capability, which provided owners with the convenience and safety of utilizing Bluetooth hands-free phone service.

While the changes to the coupe and convertible were indeed subtle, the Z06 received a little more flare for the 2009 model year.  Outwardly, new “spider” design, 10-spoke Z06 wheels were offered in multiple versions: Sparkle Silver, Competition Gray and Chrome. Inwardly, the 2009 Z06 now featured color-keyed door and instrument panels (for those models equipped with red and titanium interiors,) gray stitching was now included on the Ebony base seats (previously, the stitching had been red), and the door sill plates now came equipped with the Z06 logo.  Additionally, all 2009 Z06 Corvettes included an upgraded acoustic package standard.

Mechanically, the Z06 Corvette remained largely the same.  The 505-horsepower LS7 engine returned for the new year, though it did receive a larger-capacity, dry-sump oil system.  The dry-sump system included a capacity upgrade to the 10.5-quart (9.9 liters) system of the new ZR1. By comparison, the previous model only held 8 quarts (7.5 liters.)

2009 Competition Sport Z06 Coupe
2009 Z06 Coupe

The 2009 model year also featured a number of special edition Corvettes.  To start, there was the Competition Sport model.  The Competition Sport featured gray stripes, wheels and headlamps, an ebony interior with titanium stitching.  The standard Corvette acceleration, brake and clutch pedals were replaced with special racing pedals.

RACING: The C6.R made its final GT1 class appearance at Le Mans on June 13-14, 2009. Corvette #63 won the race with drivers Johnny O-Connell, Jan Magnussen, and Antonio Garcia at the helm. It was Corvette Racing’s sixth victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The “next generation” C6.R, prepared to meet the rules established in the GT2 class, made its track debut at the Mid-Ohio speedway in August, 2009. The new race car was based on the ZR1’s hydroformed aluminum chassis. It featured a modified version of the GT1’s LS7.R engine, but destroked to 6.0 liters with an estimated 470 horsepower.

Additionally, the car came equipped with a special engine cover and other unique features.  Each Competition Sport model included a racing numbers decal package, uninstalled, that was based on the VIN sequence.  The Competition Sport model coupe included the Z51 performance package, NPP exhaust, differential cooler and head-up display.

Coupes had either a white or black exterior (with a retail base price of $55,765) whereas the Z06 Competition Sport model came in either silver or black (with a retail base price of $77,600). In total, only 55 Coupes and a mere 20 Z06 Competition Sport Edition Corvettes were sold, making this one of the most collectible variants of all Corvettes produced in 2009.

2009 Competition Sport Package
The Competition Sport package is aimed at owners who like to attend driving schools and track events. The numbers on the car are unique and based on each Corvette’s unique VIN.

To commemorate the successes of the C6.R Corvette Race Car, GM also introduced a limited production GT1 Championship Edition Corvette. The exteriors of this special edition Corvette came in one of two unique color schemes: titanium-colored graphics set against a vibrant yellow paint, or black paint with yellow-and-titanium accent to match the C6.R’s 2009 livery. Both versions included special rocker panel decals which read “ALMS Manufacturers GT1 Champions.”  Unique ebony leather-wrapped interiors had yellow stitching with GT1 and “Jake” logos embroidered into them. This very limited production model was limited to 125 units, which consisted of 53 coupes (with a base price of $65,410), 17 convertibles (with a base price of $71,915,) and 55 Z06 Coupes (with a base price of $86,486.)

2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvette
The 2009 model year featured a special “ALMS Manufacturers GT1 Champions” edition Corvette. Available in two color schemes – and offered as a coupe, convertible or Z06 model – this special edition commemorates Corvette’s outstanding performance in the American LeMans Series.

Despite the introduction of the ZR1, the special edition/commemorative editions, and the continual improvement in quality represented in every coupe and convertible built, Corvette’s sales numbers saw a dramatic drop from 2008 to 2009.

Production Volumes

Where 2008 saw over 35,000 Corvettes sold during its production run, the 2009 model year saw less than half that, with a total of just 16,956 cars being sold that year.  Understandably, the U.S. economy was in the middle of a fairly dramatic recession, and purchasing a Corvette was a luxury that fewer consumers could – or would be willing to – afford given the financial hardships experienced the world over.

For 2009, GM sold a total of just 8,632 base model coupes with a base price of $47,895, 3,326 convertibles with a base price of $52,550, and 3,386 Z06 Coupes with a base price of $73,255.  Ironically, the inaugural year of the ZR1 saw a respectable number of these high-end Corvettes sold.  In total, 1,415 ZR1 Coupes were sold at a base price of $103,300 each.

2009 Corvette Specifications & Performance

See the complete breakdown of technical specifications for the 2009 Corvette, including engine, suspension, brakes, body dimensions, and power. Read more: 2009 Corvette Specifications.

Engine & Transmission

The base coupe and convertible were each powered by a 430-horsepower and 424 lb/ft of torque when equipped with the standard exhaust system. If you opted for the optional two-mode exhaust system, the LS3’s output increased to 436 horsepower and 428 lb./ft. of torque.

Mechanically, the Z06 Corvette remained largely the same.  The 505-horsepower LS7 engine returned for the new year, though it did receive a larger-capacity, dry-sump oil system. The LS7 engine uses a different block than the LS3 and displaces 7.0 liters. With the aid of lightweight titanium valves and connecting rods, it revs to 7000 rpm, which is 500 more revs than the LS3 can manage. It uses a race-type dry-sump oiling system compared with the LS3’s wet sump. This engine makes a stout 505 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque. To handle the increased power and torque, the Z06’s clutch, transmission, and half-shafts have been beefed up.

The ZR1 has a lot under the hood. The supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 engine is based on the LS3 but with many changes. It has a forged steel crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, a dry-sump oil system, and hollow-stem exhaust valves. Titanium is also used for the intake valves. An Eaton R2300 supercharger and Behr intercooler force fuel and air into the engine, resulting in 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. To cope with the power, a two-disc clutch is fitted, and the gearbox and rear axle have been further strengthened. The gear ratios are closer than those of the Z06.


All three Corvettes are spectacularly fast. The base model goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and hits 100 mph in 9.0 seconds. The Z06 needs just 3.6 and 8.3 seconds for the same tasks, while the ZR1 hits 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and 100 mph in a stellar 7.6 seconds. More performance data here.

2009 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run through 115933 on the Coupe, Convertible and Z06, 800001 through 801343 on the ZR1, 700001 thru 700060 on the ZR1 Pilot, 200001 thru 200375 on the Hertz Corvette, 300001 thru 300077 on the yellow GT1, and 400001 thru 400048 on the black GT1. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car. For all 2009 Corvettes, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield. More VIN details here.

2009 Corvette Price & Options

Core Features & Factory Options

While the 2008 model year saw a number of notable improvements to the C6 coupe and convertible, including the introduction of the LS3 6.2L V-8 as the new standard engine for the base model Corvettes, the focus of the 2009 model year would be centered on refining those improvements while simultaneously ushering in a new era of Corvette performance unparalleled in the production car’s impressive history.


Nine colors were available for 2009 and their production numbers were: Arctic White 863 (5.09%), Blade Silver 1,642 (9.68%), Black 3,665 (21.61%), Velocity Yellow 1,370 (8.08%), Cyber Gray 1,416 (8.35%), Victory Red 2,231 (13.16%), Atomic Orange 726 (4.28%), Jetstream Blue 1,367 (8.06%), Crystal Red 1,987 (11.72%). More 2009 color information here.

Pricing & Options

The Base Corvette Coupe with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission was the cheapest Corvette, coming in at a starting price of $47,895, while its sibling Base Corvette Convertible with the same setup came in at $52,550. The Competition Sport Special Edition was $55,765, while the GT1 Championship Edition Coupe was $65,410. Don’t forget the GT1 Championship Edition Convertible which was $71,915 and the Corvette Z06 Coupe with its 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission a very reasonable $73,255. The Competition Sport Special Edition Corvette Z06 Coupe was $77,600 and the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvette Z06 Coupe was $86,486. The top dog ZR1 Corvette Coupe with its insane 6.2L 638hp engine was $103,300. Read more: 2009 Corvette pricing.

1YY07 Base Corvette Coupe 8,362 $47,895
1YY67 Base Corvette Convertible 3,326 $52,550
1YY07 Competition Sport Special Edition 52 $55,765
1YY07 GT1 Championship Edition Coupe 53 $65,410
1YY67 GT1 Championship Edition Convertible 17 $71,915
1YY87 Z06 Corvette 3,386 $73,255
1YY87 Competition Sport Special Edition Z06 20 $77,600
1YY87 ZR1 Corvette 1,415 $103,300
2LT Equipment Group – Coupe 1,193 1,545
2LT Equipment Group – Convertible 686 $3,540
SLZ Equipment Group – Z06 1,654 3,015
3LT Equipment Group – Coupe 3,256 $4,555
3LT Equipment Group – Convertible 1,974 $6,550
3LZ Equipment Group – Z06 1,163 $6,515
3ZR Equipment Group – ZR1 1,202 $10,000
4LT Equipment Group – Convertible 449 $10,050
4LT Equipment Group – Coupe 307 $8,055
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (Coupe) 1,051 $1,400
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, Transparent (Coupe) 1,417 $750
D30 Non-recommended color/trim/top combo 71 $590
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control (Coupe/Convertible) 2,105 $1,995
GU2 Rear Axle 2.73 Ratio (w/auto transmission) 3,971 $395
MX0 Six-Speed Paddle Auto Trans (Coupe/Convertible) 8,560 $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System (Coupe/Convertible) 6,238 $1,195
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 372 $395
Q6B Chrome 20-Spoke Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 1,132 $2,000
Q76 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 795 $1,995
Q8A Spider Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 1,903 $1,995
Q9V Forged Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Coupe/Convertible) 5,649 $1,850
QG7 Forged Polished Aluminum Wheels (Coupe/Convertible) 1,989 $1,295
QL9 Polished Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 13 $1,495
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Coupe/Convertible) 1,028 $395
R8C Corvette Museum Delivery 392 $490
R8E Gas Guzzler Tax (ZR1) 1,415 $1,700.00
U3U AM/FM, CD, Navigation, Bose 7,903 $1,750
VPK Exterior Appearance Package 67 $2,095
VPL Exterior Appearance Package with Wheels 433 $5,475
Z51 Performance Package (Coupe/Convertible) 4,515 $1,695
45U Velocity Yellow (exterior paint) 1,370 $750
83U Atomic Orange (exterior paint) 726 $300
85U Jetstream Blue (exterior paint) 1,367 $750
89U Crystal Red (exterior paint) 1,987 $750
**6 Modified Two-Tone Seats with Embroidery 1,543 $695

Read more: 2009 Corvette pricing and factory options.

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2009 Corvette Videos

We found a few awesome reviews of the ZR1 and a comparison between all 2009 models that we had to share below, but we also have a lot more, and you can find them in our dedicated 2009 Corvette Videos section.