Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

By Ian Merritt  on August 20, 2009

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Let’s be honest — if you’re into power, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is one of the most significant cars of the past year. With a gigantic supercharged engine, ridiculously large brakes and enough carbon fiber to make the kids squeal, this supercar really does turn heads. Pro tip: To get yourself noticed, it helps when the test car shows up in metallic orange on a sunny day.

Not only does the car act the part of “Lamborghini Hater,” the ZR-1 looks the part. With harsh new fenders, a low carbon fiber front spoiler, a carbon fiber roof, a unique rear spoiler and at least seven functioning air intakes along the body panels and hood (including its ever-so-subtle hood scoop), the ZR-1 gives the appearance of a Corvette that’s just busting at the seams with power and pure ferocity. Top it all off with a clear plastic cut-out in the carbon fiber hood that reveals the supercharger on top of the engine, and you’ve got yourself an instant head-turner that’s miles away from its closest competitor. Two words: burning rubber.



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