Is The C6 Corvette ZR1 Worthy Of All The Hype?

When the C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was released in 2009, it came standard with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 delivering 638 hp, just 23 hp shy of the all-conquering Ferrari Enzo. For a non-exotic sports car with a Chevy badge, that was extraordinary.

Fast forward to 2017 and such an absurd horsepower figure isn’t all that crazy any more, as even the Corvette’s lesser brother, the Camaro, delivers more in ZL1 guise at 640hp. So, is the Corvette ZR1 really worth its original $105,000 sticker price?

To find out, Doug DeMuro jumped behind the wheel of one and potted around town, hit some twisty roads and unleashed the ZR1 on the highway to see what all the fuss is about.

Does it tick all the boxes? Watch the review after the jump to find out!


  • 954PX

    The answer is yes

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed…but why is it so difficult to watch Doug????

  • TheBelltower

    No. Not even close. It’s way too trailer park. Especially considering the infinitely better C7 Z06 that cost “only” $76k.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I do find the C7 Z06 sexier too. I think M is going to have a hard time selling the ZR1 considering how good the Z06 is.

  • janon

    Stupid question asking if a 7 year old car would be worth it’s 7 years ago price *today*

    • Six_Tymes

      good point

  • Bash

    I’ll just go ahead and answer the question directly…. NO

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  • Wandering_Spirit

    Without listening to him (because finding issues is his job), i’d buy it because it’s the only US made muscle car that matches with European ones, has a good design without looking trashy and it can be used both as a daily driver and for a casual day on the track while not making you regret the investment if you need a GT for a really long trip.

    Plus it’s AMERICAN. Something trashy, poshy rich posers would never buy for themselves as it wouldn’t fit well in their collection of Ferraris and Lambos (And i am Italian). either a Vette or a Gt-r for me this time.

  • T_Cake

    I hate this guy’s life. To clarify, I don’t mind that he gets to go around reviewing cars; I hate the fact that he’s drawing breath.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I really like how this looks. But the C7…

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