The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette has long held a place of honor among American automobiles. The sixth-generation model, introduced in 2005 as the ""C6,"" earned the Corvette international acclaim, and 2009’s upgrades further solidify its reputation as America’s sports car.
The most exciting news in 2009 is the reintroduction of the Corvette ZR1, with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes it the most powerful Corvette ever let loose on the road. While the ZR1 remains the shining star in the 2009 Corvette family, the rest of the line also enjoys its share of bright improvements. The two most notable changes include the availability of Bluetooth technology and the new base 1LT trim for the convertible. The 2009 Corvette’s sleek design and standard V-8 engine keep this classic sports car near the head of the pack.
As with past models, the 2009 Chevy Corvette comes as a two-seat coupe or convertible. Along with the base model, Chevy offers the Z06 and the ZR1, with a range of trim options available across the line.
Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8, 7.0-liter V-8, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The debut of the ZR1 headlines the changes to the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. Its supercharged V-8 engine pulls an impressive 638 horsepower, making it not only the most powerful Corvette ever assembled, but also one of the top sports cars from any brand.
The rest of the Corvette line maintains all the C6’s style features, with a few technological upgrades. The model now offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, and GM’s OnStar system comes standard in all models. Other 21st century upgrades include a voice-activated navigation system and high-end audio. The convertible gains some affordability points with the new base 1LT model, which is considerably cheaper than the base trim offered in past years.
The Chevrolet Corvette’s classic silhouette has long been a landmark on America’s roadways. This is one flashy sports car, and its bold exterior design beautifully represents its internal power.
The 2009 Corvette has a cockpit-like interior, with comfortable seating and good visibility for a car of such low stature. The high center console features large gauges and simple controls. With 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the coupe and 11 cubic feet in the convertible, the Corvette remains a reasonable option for everyday driving.
With no major improvements to the interior finish, the 2009 Corvette still falls behind its competitors in this arena, especially with the high price of the Z06 and ZR1.
Performance & Handling
No matter which model you choose, the 2009 Corvette will always pack a punch and leave a straight trail of dust in its wake. The standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine offers 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque. The Z06’s 7.0-liter V-8 boasts 505 hp and 470 lb-ft, while the ZR1’s pumped-up V-8 gives an unbeatable 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. The Corvette brings to life any speed demon’s dream, with the base coupe going zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while the ZR1 makes the sprint in 3.4 seconds.
While the 2009 Corvette knows no handling limits on a wide-open road, the steering lacks poise around sharp turns and bumps. But with strong brakes and a sturdy tire grip, the Corvette offers an overall steady ride that makes it a good car for daily use, as well as weekend indulgence.
The 2009 Chevy Corvette offers a full set of active safety features, with traction control, Active Handling stability control, and anti-lock brakes coming standard in all models. Chevy only provides front airbags across the board, though side impact airbags are optional on some trim levels. Unlike many other 2009 vehicles, side curtain airbags are not available in the Corvette.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Corvette: 16/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 15/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Peak sports car performance
- Good price
- Good for daily driving
You Won't Like
- Less nimble than European competitors
- Bland interior
America’s sports car on par with European standards.
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