Under The Hood: A Look At The 2010 Corvette ZR1



The Corvette has been a symbol of American prestige and power for a long time. From the first model produced in 1953 to today’s current 2010 model, the Corvette has long been coveted. The sleek, exotic design topped with powerful engine performance and handling makes this vehicle a “must have” for many car enthusiasts.
But what makes the new 2010 ZR1 so special? Why is this vehicle’s price tag in the six digits? It’s raw power: Raw untamed power and high end features. The exposed carbon fiber used on the roof, rocker molding and front splitter are protected by a specially developed glossy, UV-resistant clear coat that resists yellowing and wear. Large Brembo brakes with ceramic, cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers provide remarkable breaking ability, even at high speeds. In addition, ultra wide 19″ front and 20″ rear Michelin Pilot Sport tires, the largest ever offered on a corvette, sit on the Zr1.
The navigation system, sound system, and touch screen panels are all designed to give you the ultimate driving experience of a lifetime.
Touch start the ignition and you will hear the rumble of a 638 hp engine come to life. The ZR1  has (standard) a roots type supercharger , 6,162 cc 6.2 Liter V8 front engine with 103.3 mm bore, 92.0 mm stroke, 9.1 compression ration, overhead valve and two valves per cylinder LS9.

If all this technical garble is making your head spin, let’s put it into simpler terms.

At maximum performance, the ZR1’s sheer power is comparable to that of a small rocket. With 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph, it competes with some of the fastest roller coasters in the world.  The lateral G-force is 1.05g- enough to throw you back in your seat and hold you there for a good while.
Other cars that rank with the Corvette  ZR1’s power, torque and speed include; the Lamborghini Reventon (price $1,300,000), Aston Martin One 77 (price $1,500,000) and Mercedes SLR Mclaren (price $450,000) just to name a few.
Considering the hefty tags on these pretty boys….the ZR1 is quite affordable.
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