The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was a significant milestone in Corvette history, with just 1,415 units produced for that model year. Boasting a supercharged 6.2L LS9 V-8 engine, the ZR1 delivered impressive performance figures of 638 HP and 604 lb-ft torque when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet claimed remarkable statistics, including a 0-60 MPH time of 3.3 seconds, 1.1 Gs of lateral acceleration, and an 11.2-second quarter-mile at 130.5 MPH. Even after nearly 13 years, these numbers still hold up well. The ZR1 also provided Corvette reliability and civility, making it suitable for both track use and daily driving.
The ZR1 Performance Package added features like 4-wheel independent suspension with transverse composite springs, power steering, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, larger Brembo ceramic brakes with cross-drilled rotors, and various coolers for engine oil, axle, and transmission.
Perhaps the most distinguishable feature of the new ZR1 was the introduction of a raised, all-carbon-fiber hood that also featured a clear, polycarbonate window. This window provided a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with the legend “LS9 SUPERCHARGED” embossed on the left and right sides, along with a view of the engine cover which featured the Corvette crossed flags logo debossed on the front.