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ZR1 Road Test

Postby Unsprung » Tue May 12, 2009 6:46 am

I'm not in love with the raised and transparent bonnet, but the ZR1 is truly an amazing car and also very good value for the money.



" Torque is good. More torque is better. And when you have more than 600 lb-ft [813Nm] of the stuff at your disposal with just a tip of your right toe, life is fantastic. Now, if it would just stop raining, things would be perfect. Such is life with the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

As the old saying goes, "Timing is everything", and as General Motors approached its 100th birthday last September, it introduced the two most powerful production cars it had ever created, the Cadillac CTS-V and the ZR1. Unfortunately, just as GM reached the pinnacle of high performance cars, the world economy imploded. The global financial bubble got pierced from multiple sides and sales of cars at every price and performance level vaporized. Fortunately for us, GM is still hanging in there and Chevrolet let us have a few days of quality time with a ZR1 while the opportunity still exists. We went to Hell and back in the ZR1 and lived to tell the tale. "

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/11/review-2009-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-goes-to-hell-and-back/

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Postby Panther » Wed May 13, 2009 6:11 am

didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ

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Postby Unsprung » Wed May 13, 2009 7:54 am

Panther wrote:didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ



I believe you. It is important to note the market distinctions of Oz and the US.

I'm wondering if value is a relative thing. For example, although a properly-converted ZR1 goes for an eye-watering sum Down Under, isn't it still less costly than an equivalent Ferrari, Lamborghini, or other less common machine?

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Postby gtc » Wed May 13, 2009 2:12 pm

Unsprung wrote:
Panther wrote:didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ


I believe you. It is important to note the market distinctions of Oz and the US.


I make it around AU$294K on the road, with the exchange rate at 70 cents.

Unsprung wrote:I'm wondering if value is a relative thing. For example, although a properly-converted ZR1 goes for an eye-watering sum Down Under, isn't it still less costly than an equivalent Ferrari, Lamborghini, or other less common machine?


Fair point. Ferraris and Lambos start at over AU$400K.

BTW Unsprung, is US$115K a realistic on the road price for the ZR1, or are there "dealer" charges of a few thousand on top of that?

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Postby nifty » Wed May 13, 2009 4:18 pm

Panther wrote:didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ
more than one.... there is also another in w.a. bazz sent me pics of it at the drags.....

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Postby ernbuild » Wed May 13, 2009 5:38 pm

Panther wrote:didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ

I'd heard there were four here now??? Cost is over the $300000 mark though??
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Postby gtc » Wed May 13, 2009 5:40 pm

ernbuild wrote:
Panther wrote:didnt bother to work it out here it is probaly $230 to $250,000 after a US starting price of $115,000, there is 1 here on OZ

I'd heard there were four here now??? Cost is over the $300000 mark though??


Corvette Clinic (Vic) will sell you a ZR1 for between $300K and $350K on the road, depending on exchange rate.

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Postby Unsprung » Wed May 13, 2009 6:36 pm

gtc wrote:BTW Unsprung, is US$115K a realistic on the road price for the ZR1, or are there "dealer" charges of a few thousand on top of that?


You're right that in the past there were... how shall we politely call it?... "dealer markups" on cars that consumers were especially keen to buy. But this is not the case today, and it never really happened for the ZR1 beyond the first month or two.

TrueCar allows you to see data on actual vehicle purchases:

http://truecar.com/

http://truecar.com/release/FAQ.html

Here is a screen shot of a quick run through that I did with a ZR1 with the 3ZR level of options:

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Of course, none of the tabs function here because this is a static photograph. But you can go to the TrueCar site and get similar results yourself - and then manipulate the display to see all of the info. In the photo above, we are looking at data for 113 ZR1s sold in the US, nationally, with the 3ZR option.

Figures are in USD.

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Postby gtc » Wed May 13, 2009 6:44 pm

Thanks. What a great site!


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