America’s supercar, the Corvette ZR1, will do 0-60 in just 2.85 seconds. That’s faster than a Lamborghini Aventador, and you will be able to get one for much less than supercar money.
The new ZR1 boasts a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that packs a solid 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, and will be able to reach speeds of up to 210 mph. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 made its debut at the Dubai Motor Show back in November 2017 and while official numbers have not been released, Corvette product manager, Harlan Charles, revealed the figures at a recent endurance motor show.
At this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, Charles spoke about the numbers behind the upcoming Corvette halo car. Confirmed by CorvetteBlogger, Charles has said the ZR1 will do 0-60 in 2.85 seconds, 0-100 in 6, and the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds!
In comparison, the previous generation C6 ZR1 did 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.
— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) November 12, 2017
It’s all about the money
The new Corvette ZR1 will have a base MSRP of USD$121,000. I played around with Chevy’s ‘Build & Price’ tool and got my ZR1 optioned up with performance bucket seats ($1995), red brake calipers ($595), Sat Nav and data recorder ($1795), red seat belts (why not?, $395), and a personalized plaque (might as well, $200). The total price for it came to a reasonable-for-a-supercar USD$127,000.
How does that stack up against some of the current supercar heavyweights? Well in comparison to the Lamborghini Huracan and the McLaren 720s, you really can’t go past the Corvette in terms of value for money. You’re looking at more power, a very close 0-60 time, and perhaps a little more subtlety (at least in that price bracket).
Let’s take a look at some of these numbers.
Surely I am not alone for thinking that while you will get a few more head turns if you’re driving a McLaren or a Lamborghini, a sane individual will see the Corvette as the true value supercar? The cost of service and maintenance will surely be less. Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps those who do buy supercars only see supercars with lavish European names on them.
Here is the video of Harlan Charles giving the Corvette ZR1 a brief kick in the guts at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Sounds great doesn’t it? That’s the sound of supercar savings.
Rare Ferrari GTO sells for record $70 million
How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams?
How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams? What about a one-of-a-kind beauty that you see driving past your prestige dealer? How about a rare 1963 Ferrari GTO?
If you are Dave MacNeil, the answer to the latter, is USD $70 million. MacNeil, who is the CEO of automotive weather guard company WeatherTech, shelled out the record amount for a rare Ferrari.
It is no ordinary rare Ferrari of course. While already limited to 39 builds, this particular one, chassis number 4153 GT, is special. The car won the 1964 Tour de France motor race and finished fourth at Le Mans in 1963.
The $70 million paid by MacNeil eclipses the previous record for the Ferrari GTO. In 2013, a GTO was sold for a then record $53 million.
The Ferrari GTO is powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine and is one of only 39 built between 1962-1964.
A Ferrari 250 GTO has yet again broken the record as the world's most expensive car, this stunning, and rare, silver example recently selling for a cool £52 million – https://t.co/kfhJroCFsZ pic.twitter.com/PqoUUYU6sH
— evo magazine (@evomagazine) June 4, 2018
MacNeil joins an exclusive group of GTO owners that include Ralph Lauren and Walmart heir Rob Walton.
How much is too much?
When you are in the same tax bracket as the Ralph Laurens and Walmarts of the world, perhaps there really isn’t a price that is too much for a prized automobile. It is truly rarefied air when the cars in your collection exceed seven digits a piece. For the rest of us, it seems utterly ridiculous of course. Collectors however, do see the worth of these incredibly rare vehicles.
How would you rather spend $70 million? I would definitely buy an expensive sports car, but one for considerably less.
Camaro coming to Australia as an automatic only
The Chevrolet Camaro is officially coming to Australia this year as an import from Holden Special Vehicles. Excitement may have been tempered slightly with its expected high price, and its auto-only option.
With the demise of local manufacturing, Australian buyers looking for grunt outside of expensive European options have flocked to the Ford Mustang. Almost 10,000 ‘Stangs were sold last year, which is enough proof that, while Australians don’t make affordable muscle cars anymore, they still want to buy them.
Holden, without a flagship V8 for the first time in decades, is turning to its parent company GM for a much needed boost. Holden’s performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles, announced earlier that the Chevy Camaro, in its 2SS trim, will be made available this year.
Good News and Bad News
That’s definitely the good news portion of it. While the thrill of locally made, hotted-up Commodores have been put to bed, the Camaro is more than a worthy successor. HSV have announced the specs for the 2SS for Australia, proving that it’ll pack quite the punch to satisfy the cravings of auto enthusiasts and muscle car fans.
— HSV (@OfficialHSV) December 14, 2017
The Australian 2SS Camaros will come with a 6.2-litre Gen 5 LT1 V8, packing 454hp (339kW) and 455 ft-lb of torque (617Nm). It will have Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust, tons of technology and a variety of colour options.
So what is bad news here? Well, the Camaros have started arriving in Australia in your factory standard left-hand drive version. They are being converted to right-hand drive by HSV, which will add a hefty bump to the price tag. While no official numbers have been released just yet, speculation is that the price will come in around USD$60,400 (AUD$80,000). That’s almost $20k more than made-for-Australia Mustangs. HSV says they will be looking to keep numbers at 1,000 units a year, well below that of Ford’s current Mustang sales.
Another sticking point for performance enthusiasts is that the Australian Camaros will be available with an automatic transmission only. I know that probably stings, so I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Equipped with paddle shifters, it’ll be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission, which means the Camaro will be based on the outgoing 2018 model, and not the new 2019.
Still a Winner
Time will tell how the factory-backed Camaro will do. European performance cars have done pretty well with automatic transmissions, so it shouldn’t really hurt that much. While on the pricey side, the Camaro will still be far more affordable than an Audi RS or BMW M-series. It is a just a shame that this particular car, one that is aimed at filling in some lofty Commodore shoes, comes a little shackled from the get-go.