3. 2009 C6 Corvette ZR-1
After the C5 Z06 took everyone’s breath away, Chevrolet made yet another high-performance Corvette, which practically offered a race-car for the street.
Using a supercharged motor, the C6 ZR-1 puts out 638 hp, the most of any production Vette. With that much power, the ZR-1 can trump almost anything. Finally customers who wanted to the awesome styling of a Corvette along with the performance of a supercar, could get it all in one awesome package.
However, like other high-performance Corvettes, power isn’t the only story to be told here. This Corvette has a very high-tech suspension set-up, which adjusts the shocks in real time, to deliver either a razor sharp ride, or a softer, more accommodating ride. While it wasn’t the first Corvette to get this new suspension, it was a key part of the car’s impressive handling characteristic. According to some tests, it’s possible to get 1.10 g of average lateral acceleration out of the ZR-1. The magnetic ride control also had a function that helped with standing starts, which made the ZR-1 a drag-strip superstar.
While traditionally Corvettes are lighter than usual vehicles thanks to the use of fiberglass and aluminum, the ZR-1 gets on a very strict diet thanks to the use of carbon fiber. Overall, the ZR-1 posts some serious super-car specs hitting 60 mph in a little over three seconds and lapping the Nurburgring race track in 7:26.4, a time quicker than many rival Japanese and Italian supercars.