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2009 Chevrolet Corvette - Expert Reviews


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2009 chevrolet corvette Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...The optional dual-mode exhaust adds another 6 hp and 4 lb-ft. The Z06 boasts an exotic-class 505 hp and 470 lb-ft from its 7.0-liter V8, while the ZR1 has an otherworldly 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. All 2009 Chevrolet Corvettes have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a six-speed paddle-shifted automatic is available for the base coupe and convertible. Regardless of which Corvette you choose, you'll get stunning performance. In our testing, a base coupe went from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Z06 will knock that down to 3.9 seconds. GM estimates the ZR1 does the 0-60-mph...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

...The ride, while not as soft as a luxury sedan's, is pleasantly smooth, thanks to the optional magnetic selective ride control that enables the driver to choose Tour or Sport settings. This option, at $1,995, is expensive, but it also includes larger, cross-drilled brake rotors. In Tour mode the ride was quite comfortable for everyday commuting. Sport was a bit choppy, but it made the car take corners as if guided by a magic hand. The 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels with high-performance tires also played a major role. A host of electronic controls, such as vehicle stability control...

Review: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Source: MSN Autos Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires (size 285/30ZR19 in front and 335/25ZR20 in the rear) the ZR1 rode amazingly well on a varied selection of roads. Compared to 2009 versions of the Z51 and Z06 coupes driven on the same loop (complete with the Corvette’s excellent new variable-ratio steering), the ZR1 unquestionably was the smoothest riding, quietest and most serene of the trio in all respects.At the core of the ZR1’s impressive ride are standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control shocks. Now in their second generation, these Delphi-developed units also work wonders on the Audi R8. The...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

...larger brakes and a firmer suspension. It also features unique styling cues designed to improve performance. A 7.0-liter V-8 engine, which makes 505 hp at 6,300 rpm and 470 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm, is the heart of the Z06. It teams exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, and Chevrolet says it can rip from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. For 2009, the size of the Z06's dry-sump oil system has been increased to 10.5 quarts. The Z06 is outfitted with 18-inch wheels in front and 19-inch rims in back, and Chevrolet says that the car can pull more than 1 g when cornering...

CarGurus' Review for 2009 chevrolet corvette
Source: CarGurus

...If you’re looking for an entry-level 2009 Chevy Corvette, stick with the entry-level options, at least with regard to the suspension.
Otherwise, get the Z06 and really tear things up. And get the manual - an automatic in a Corvette is a sin...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

...We found a desolate spot in the country, though after about 30 minutes, a patrol car did too. When joined by a second patrol car, it seemed more than coincidence, so we moved on -- a couple times. The ZR1 is sure-footed with its sports-tuned suspension and 20-inch performance radials. It holds flat in corners and turns, traction control preventing slippage at takeoff and stability control guarding against lateral wandering. Twist the console button and you move from a smooth "touring" setting to a firmer "sport" mode for the track. With a chin spoiler a couple inches off the road, avoid steep...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

...What you would do is line up the ZR1 on some empty straight of tarmac and nail the throttle. To do so is to throw yourself on a horsepower grenade. Even with traction control engaged, the wheel spin is enough to cause the ZR1 to sidestep in a cloud of Michelin-flavored smoke and thunder. A half-second later, the tires hook up and you're drowning in your own spit and hallucinating speed. In less than four heartbeats (3.4 seconds), you've gone through 60 mph and you're grabbing second gear. Now the four-lobe Eaton supercharger is fully angered, the gas is pouring down the V8 gullet, and the...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

...It's also a role model. How does a supercar that achieves a mere 14 miles per gallon in the city -- much lower if you're having fun -- become the paradigm for the automotive world? Allow me to scoot my soapbox over here. Easy. The ZR1 exemplifies lightweight building, stretching the limits of what companies can do with carbon fiber -- a material that will allow many more cars to become lighter and more efficient down the road. It takes bigger contracts for carbon fiber costs to go down. The ZR1 is a start. New computer modeling allowed engineers to finely tune the mother of all small blocks...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Professional Review

..."What did you do that for?!" I replied. I love a good supercharger moan. Room to Breathe As sports coupes go, the ZR1 is reasonably large inside, with more legroom than the Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Jaguar XKR, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R and Dodge Viper. The Lamborghini Gallardo, Nissan GT-R and Ferrari F430 have more legroom, but the Italian cars don't compare in headroom. The ZR1 sits low to the ground, for sure, but it's higher than the Italian supercars, and its relatively large doors aid entry and exit. Cabin storage is nothing to get excited about — you...

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