What Changed for 2009:
- New, more affordable 1LT convertible model
- Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
- Two new custom leather interiors; two new exterior colors
- Z06 retains 505-hp LS7 V-8 engine and adds new \"spider\"-design wheels
- All-new LS9 supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 638 hp in ZR1
- ZR1 features upgraded 6-speed manual transmission with dual-disc clutch
- Brembo carbon-ceramic 4-wheel disc brakes standard
- Standard magnetic ride control specifically developed for ZR1
- Only two ZR1 options: chrome wheels and luxury package
- ZR1 top speed of 205 mph
A new LS3 6.2-liter V-8 engine was introduced in 2008 as Corvette's new standard, along with more leather inside and more upgrades. The 2009 Corvette offers consumers even more enhancements, a lower-priced convertible model, and the long-rumored, but finally true, 638-hp LS9 supercharged 6.2-liter V-8-powered ZR1.
New for 2009, the lower-priced 1LT-equipped Corvette convertible gives consumers entry into the drop-top 'Vette set. Corvette's exterior color palette includes nine colors, with the addition of two new hues: Cyber Gray Metallic and Blade Silver Metallic (Machine Silver Metallic is discontinued). On the inside, two new custom leather-wrapped interiors are added: Dark Titanium and Ebony. Bluetooth capability allows for hands-free calling, and a power hatch pull-down is now standard on Corvette coupe and Z06 models. The fixed-roof Z06 has a cold-air scoop in front of the hood, wide front fascia with forward-facing grille, wider rear fenders with flares covering the huge rear tires, a tall rear spoiler, Z06 badging, four large stainless steel exhaust outlets, and new \"spider\"-design 10-spoke Z06 wheels in four versions.
Chevy says its goal with the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was to \"show what an American supercar can deliver, at a price that trumps exotics that cost two, three or four times as much.\" The LS9 engine that tops out at 205 mph is hand-assembled at the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich. The ZR1's carbon-ceramic brake rotors, found only on a few exotics and much more expensive supercars, provide stopping power. In normal driving, Chevy says they should never corrode or require replacement.
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette lineup includes the Corvette coupe and convertible, Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1. Standard equipment on the base Corvette is substantial and includes leather bucket seats; 6-way power and height-adjustable driver's seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls; variable-ratio steering; heated power mirrors; driver's electrochromatic auto-dimming exterior mirror; one-touch power windows; and remote power door locks. Corvette convertible now has a power-operated soft top (with 2LT package), while a manual top is standard on the lower-priced new 1LT convertible.
The Corvette Z06 has the 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine, standard high-intensity-discharge lighting; fog lamps; two-tone leather seats with Z06-logo embroidery and contrast stitching; dual-zone air conditioning; cabin air filtration; acoustic package; new door sill plates; and a head-up display (HUD) with g-meter and track mode. Corvette Z06 options include Bose audio; Competition Gray or chrome wheels; telescoping steering wheel; heated seats; side-impact air bags; navigation system with GPS; and a universal home remote.
The Corvette ZR1, besides its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission, has 20-spoke, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels; Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires; wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual ports; carbon-fiber hood, roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, carbon-fiber weave visible; ZR1-specific rear spoiler with raised outboard sections; specific gauge cluster with \"ZR1\" logo the tachometer; and a 220-mph speedometer. Only two options are available for the ZR1: chrome wheels and a luxury package. Each ZR1 VIN carries a unique, identifying digit and sequential build number.
Standard in 2009 Corvette coupe and convertible models, the 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V-8 engine produces 430 hp at 5900 rpm (with standard exhaust) and 436 hp at 5900 rpm (with optional 2-mode exhaust). Torque numbers are 424 lb.-ft. or 428 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm (with standard or optional exhaust). Standard transmission is a 6-speed manual unit, with optional 6-speed automatic with paddle-shift control. In the Z51 Performance package, the 6-speed manual transmission has a more performance-oriented gearing, Chevy says. The Z06 features the LS7 7.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm for a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds in first gear, according to the manufacturer. The LS7 is paired with the 6-speed manual transmission. In the Corvette ZR1, the new LS9 6.2-liter small-block V-8 engine (with its sixth-generation supercharger), pumps out an SAE-certified 638 hp at 6500 rpm and 604 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. EPA fuel economy in the 6.2-liter V-8 engine is estimated at 15 mpg city/25 mpg highway (automatic transmission), 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway (manual transmission), and 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway in the ZR1 (manual transmission). In the 7.0-liter V-8 engine with manual transmission, EPA fuel economy is estimated at 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway.
Three suspension choices are available in Corvette coupe and convertible models. The standard suspension is tuned to balance ride comfort and handling, Chevy says. The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension has magneto-rheological dampers and cross-drilled brake rotors. The Z51 Performance package gives the coupe and convertible similar handling characteristics to the previous-generation Z06. The 2009 Z06 has a firmer suspension, all-new 18-inch aluminum wheels, new tires and brakes, and its own rear spring and roll stabilizer. The ZR1's suspension is specifically tuned for ZR1 Magnetic Selective Ride Control that delivers a cornering grip of more than 1g, the manufacturer claims. Standard Brembo carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors; 19-inch front and 20-inch rear 20-spoke wheels; and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires add to the ZR1's performance ability.
The list of standard and available safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette includes electronic stability and traction control; active handling Magnetic Selective Ride Control; front and rear power-assisted disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Z51 package and Magnetic Ride Control; and 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brake calipers and cross-drilled rotors (Z06). The ZR1 has front and rear power-assisted carbon-ceramic disc with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors, and standard ABS. All Corvettes for 2009 have standard advanced dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags with a passenger-sensing system, electronic traction control, and Active Handling feature. Side air bags are optional.
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front, side-impact or rollover crashworthiness.
New for 2009, Bluetooth capability enables hands-free calling on Corvette models. OnStar's full-function system with Turn-by-Turn Navigation capability is standard, with an available onboard navigation system with voice recognition. Keyless access is also standard. The up-level interior package for the ZR1 includes power-adjustable, heated, leather-trimmed sport seats; side air bags; Bose premium audio system; navigation system; Bluetooth capability; power telescoping steering column; an