Chevy Corvette ZR1: GM's Ferrari

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Incredible power and speed, decent handling in daily driving

The Bad: Price premium, sold-out '09 model

The Bottom Line: Wow!

Up Front

The new Corvette ZR1 is already the stuff of legend. Developed as an ad hoc skunkworks project, the new Vette was born of a remark by General Motors (GM) CEO Rick Wagoner, who wondered aloud what the Corvette design team could come up with if it had a mandate to develop a $100,000 car. Code-named Blue Devil, after Wagoner's alma mater, Duke University, the ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful production car ever made by an American manufacturer. It has a 638-horsepower V8 engine and can accelerate from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds—in first gear.

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