By Jake Drennon, Email:

Corvette’s 2009 Model Year Features

All eyes are on the 2009 ZR1!

David Hill, Chief Engineer of Corvette, decided in 2003 that he wanted the Registry members present at the Birthday Bash to be the first group informed about the new upcoming model year changes. He liked the idea that Registry members would take back the latest Corvette information, whether it was a new color, improved features or options, or even new model news, and spread it around the world via web sites and chat rooms long before the traditional car magazines would be able to print it and mail it.

Thank you, David, for your vision of allowing the C5/C6 Bash to be the place where the future is unveiled today!

Here is a summary of the 2009 C6 highlights presented to members present at this year’s Bash

2009 Model Year — All Corvettes

2009 Cheverolet Corvette Coupe• Variable ratio steering (a significant enhancement to the 2008 improved steering system)

• Dark Titanium Custom Interior and the very well received Ebony Custom Interior (available during the late 2008 Model Year) • New Exterior Colors include Blade Silver and Cyber Gray.

• Steering Wheel audio controls will now be standard on all models.

• Bluetooth phone (UPF) connection included with 2LT interior packages and above.

• New C6 Corvette emblems with a bright surround.

• Bosch will be the supplier for the ABS, traction control, active handling hardware and brake related software as an overhaul of the 2009 Corvette brake system takes place.

2009 Model Year — Coupe and Convertible

• The Convertible C6 model will now include a 1LT Package added to the line up. This will allow Corvette to now have a Convertible at a reduced cost over the 2008 model year 2LT price point.

• The new Forged Chrome Wheels (Q9V) which is a version of the new 2008 style 5-spoke forged aluminum wheel became available in late 2008 and is the standard wheel on the Indy Pace Corvettes.

2009 Model Year — Z06

• The development of the ZR1 has allowed some engineering enhancements to be shared with the Z06. As an example, its dry sump oil tank will increase in size from 8 quarts to 11.5 quarts, just like the ZR1 will have.

• Z06 interiors have new added colors as mentioned above.

• The acoustic package and power hatch pulldown will now be standard on all Z06s.

2009 Cyber Gray Z06 with new Competition Gray Spider Wheels.

• The Z06s Ebony base seats, which are currently stitched in red, will be changed to a gray stitch.

• The Z06 will receive its own very unique Z06 sill plates.

• The very popular original design Z06 wheel in Chrome (Q76) will be available at least one more year.

• Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennion brought to the show his latest creation for the Z06. They are his outstanding newly designed Spider Wheels. They will be available in Silver (Q10), Competition Gray (Q44) or Chrome (Q8A).

ZR1 Unique Features

• Unique VIN sequencing for all model year ZR1s • LS9 Supercharged V8 with 638 HP and 604 lb-ft Torque and a Certified Top Speed of 205 mph • Unique Hood — Visible Carbon fiber inside and painted outside with a sealed raised window to view Supercharged engine • Roof and Roof Bow with visible carbon fiber • Ceramic Brembo Brakes with 394 mm (15.5") front rotors and 380 mm (15") rear rotors

• Brake pads are among the largest for a production vehicle at 148

• 20-Spoke Sterling Silver Painted Wheels (Standard) or Optional Chrome — 19x10" front and 20x12" rear • Michelin Pilot Sport 2 ZP — 285/30-19 front and 335/25-20 rear • Carbon Fiber Fenders — Wider with Unique Dual Cove design • Front Splitter in visible carbon fiber • Rocker Extensions in visible carbon fiber • Unique design body color full width Spoiler • ZR1 Badges placed on Fender, Rear Fascia, and Cluster • ZR1 Seat Embroidery and Sill Plates including ZR1 logo • Boost Gauge in Cluster and HUD, 220 mph speedometer • Magnetic Selective Ride Control with Track Level Suspension • Latest Engineering Designed Variable Ratio

LS9 Supercharged engine is ready for business!



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