2009 chevrolet corvette gt1 championship edition 005

2009 chevrolet corvette gt1 championship edition 005

In January Corvette put a price to its new Competition Sport appearance package designed to appeal to hardcore Corvette racing fans. Now another similar package called the GT-1 Championship Edition - paying homage to the racers of the ALMS GT-1 class - is on offer, and the full photos show just how much a difference an appearance package can make.

The key elements of the GT-1 Edition Corvette package are a ZR1-style full-width rear spoiler, forged chrome wheels, a yellow and black color scheme (black with yellow racing stripe or vice-versa), unique race-inspired graphics including the driver's name on the roof, the 'Jake' racing mascot, and blacked-out headlights. Body colored door-handles, carbon-fiber-esque engine covers and other small accents complete the C6.R-look.

But the GT-1 Edition package, like the Competition Sport before it, is an appearance package only, despite the racing inspiration. When applied to the base model Corvettes, the packages include the price of the Z51 upgrade, but otherwise they affect only the looks, not the performance, of the car. The cars are intended to represent the C6.R racing Corvettes, however, with the yellow model filling the role of the #3 car and the black doing duty for the #4.

Inside, the interior gets upgraded to include GT-1 embroidery, unique yellow stitching accents on ebony leather and a special console trim plate. This last item is where the unique number and VIN sequencing is located, marking the car as part of a limited-edition run, also like the Competition Sport package.

While the Competition Sport package costs a mere $3,350 (Z51) and $2,750 (Z06), the GT-1 Championship Edition will run a cool $7,840 on top of the purchase price of a Corvette Coupe 4LT, Convertible 4LT or Z06 3LZ. A total of 100 of each color and body style will be sold for a grand total of 600 cars.