2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 sees no major changes for this year’s model. It still is equipped with a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine option that provides great overall performance and is the quickest in the competition. The interior design lacks the modern touch but provides a decent amount of comfort. The exterior styling is unique and uses carbon fiber parts to reduce the curb weight of the vehicle.

 

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Pros

Quick acceleration

Best-in-class cargo spacing

Attractive exterior design

Cons

Outdated interior styling

Handling can be improved

Low on fuel economy

What's New?

No major changes for the ZR1 trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$110300

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

210 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

638 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

604 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.7 in.

length

176.2 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

48.7 in.

curb weight

3333 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

52.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

22.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

360 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

exterior
interior
Videos
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Interior video
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Review video

Trims

Base $110,300 onwards

638 hp @ 6500 rpm | 6.2 L | V8 | premium unleaded

  • 19" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Keyless entry and keyless ignition
  • Leather Seat Surfaces
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Xenon Headlights
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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Debuted in the year 2005 the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe is among the best bargains for a sports car. Lurking under the hood of the Corvette ZR1 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 638 horses and 604 pound-feet of torque. With a respectable combined fuel economy of 16 mpg and starting at $110,300, the Corvette ZR1 is the most affordable in the sports car segment. Owing to its terrific performance, lightweight carbon-fiber body panels, and high-performance parts the Corvette ZR1 has become a worthy competitor to German behemoths like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 GT3. 


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2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pricing and Features

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The ZR1 is the top trim in the option in the Corvette lineup and is available at a premium price of $110,300. It gets the powerful supercharged V8 engine that provides great overall performance. Along with all the features that the previous trims get, the ZR1 adds bigger wheels along with carbon-ceramic brakes. The overall weight of the ZR1 is lower due to the use of lightweight carbon fiber body panels. It also gets adaptive dampers, Xenon headlamps, and a six way power driver seat. 

Trims

ZR1

MSRP

$110,300

Key Features

Supercharged V8 engine

 

19-inch front, 20-inch rear wheels

 

Carbon-ceramic brakes

 

Adaptive dampers

 

Lightweight carbon fiber body panels

 

Xenon headlamps

 

Six-way power driver seat

We Recommend

We recommend opting for the Chevrolet Corvette Corvette ZR1 trim because it is one of the most powerful in the Corvette lineup. The 6.2-liter V8 engine generates around 638 HP and provides top-class performance. At $110,300, it is quiet on the premium side, but still cheaper as compared to what the rivals are available at while providing much better performance. 

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Engine and Performance

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The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes with a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine. This engine generates around 630 HP along with 604 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox while delivering the power to the rear wheels as standard. Thus the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful among its competitors. This engine setup provides an acceleration of 2.9 seconds for 0 to 60 MPH, while the quarter-mile distance is covered in 10.6 seconds. The Corvette has the highest top speed of 210 mph among its competitors. 

Model

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Audi R8 Coupe 

Porsche 911 GT3 

MSRP

$110,300

$158,100

$185,000

Engine

6.2-liter V8

5.2-liter V10

4-liter Flat-6

Drivetrain

rear-wheel drive

all-wheel drive

rear-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Automated manual

6-speed Manual

Power

638 hp @ 6500 rpm

525 hp @ 8000 rpm

500 hp @ 8250 rpm

Torque

604 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

391 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm

339 lb.-ft. @ 5750 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

2.9

3.6

3.2

Quarter-mile (sec)

10.6

12.1

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Top Speed (mph)

210

196

194

While the Corvette is the most powerful in this comparison, it is followed by the 2011 Audi R8 which generates around 525 HP. The Porsche 911 GT3 sits at the bottom of this comparison with a power output of 500 HP. The Porsche 911 GT3 is the quickest after Corvette with 3.2 seconds for 0 to 60 MPH while the Audi R8 takes 3.6 seconds.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fuel Economy

The massive 6.2-liter V8 engine does take a toll on the fuel efficiency of the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. It provides a mileage of 15 MPG in the city, which improves to 20 MPG on the highway. Thus we get a combined mileage of 16mpg from the ZR1. The Corvette is equipped with an 18-gallon fuel tank capacity, which results in a maximum range of 360 miles.

Model

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Audi R8 Coupe 

Porsche 911 GT3 

MPG (City)

15

13

14

MPG (Highway)

20

19

21

MPG (Combined)

16

15

16

Fuel Capacity (gal)

18 gal.

23.8 gal.

17.7 gal.

Range (City/Highway/Combined) 

270/360/288 miles

309.4/452.2/357 miles

247.8/371.7/283.2 miles

The Porsche 911 GT3 matches the fuel efficiency of the Corvette with a combined 16 MPG while the Audi R8 is slightly on the lower end with the combined mileage of 15 MPG. The Porsche provides a slightly better fuel economy than the Corvette of 21 MPG on the highway. The Audi R8 is equipped with a much bigger 23.8 gallons of fuel tank capacity, which provides a maximum range of 446 miles. The Porsche is equipped with the smallest fuel tank capacity of 17.7 gallons.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Interior

The interior of the 2011 Corvette ZR1 is not the most attractive thing about this sports car. The design is ergonomic as all the switches are placed at the right places to access all the controls. But as you enter the interior of the ZR1, you keep longing for more that would have been offered. It offers a decent amount of spacing for the passengers in the front seat with great shoulder room and headroom. It can carry up to two people inside the cabin and provides the best-in-class cargo capacity of 22.4-cubic feet. No other vehicle in this comparison comes even close to the cargo capacity that the Corvette has to offer, thus making it more practical. 

Model

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Audi R8 Coupe 

Porsche 911 GT3 

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.7/55.2/43.1

37.7/54.8/41.1

38/51.7/41.6

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

NA

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

22.4 cu.ft.

3.5 cu.ft.

3.7 cu.ft.

All the vehicles in this comparison can accommodate up to two passengers inside their cabin. The Porsche 911 GT3 provides slightly better headroom while lacking in terms of shoulder room. The Audi R8 provides a cargo capacity of 3.5 cubic feet while the Porsche 911 GT3 provides just 3.72 cubic feet. You can hardly carry any cargo inside the R8 and the Porsche, and thus they lack the practicality factor. But where these vehicles shine is the interior design that is very much attractive and provides much better comfort when compared to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Here is a list of the interior features that are available with the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1-

  • Leather seating
  • Six-way power driver seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Heated seats
  • Driver memory settings

How is the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system in the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 provides several features as standard like satellite radio, seven-speaker audio system, CD/MP3 player, steering mounted controls, and an auxiliary audio jack. While there is an option to opt for further infotainment features like Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, a six-CD changer, and a much better Bose audio system. Here is a list of all the entertainment features that are available in the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1:

  • Seven speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • CD/MP3 player
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Navigation system
  • Bose audio system

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Exterior

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best-looking sports cars out there. The exterior design is sleek and aerodynamic while keeping the entire body weight on the lower end to improve the performance. It has a curb weight of 3,333 pounds along with a length of 176 inches and a height of 49 inches. It sits quite closer to the ground with a ground clearance of 5 inches. It gets all the lightweight carbon fiber body panels that assist in lowering the entire weight of the body. Along with that, it gets xenon headlamps, carbon-ceramic brakes, and adaptive dampers. The front gets 19-inch alloy wheels while the rear gets slightly bigger 20-inch alloy wheels. 

Model

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Audi R8 Coupe 

Porsche 911 GT3 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3333 lbs.

3726 lbs.

2998 lbs.

Length (in)

176 in.

175 in.

177 in.

Width (in)

76 in.

76 in.

73 in.

Height (in)

49 in.

49 in.

50 in.

Ground Clearance (in)

5

4

4

Wheelbase (in)

106 in.

104 in.

93 in.

The Audi R8 is the heaviest of them all with a curb weight of 3,726 pounds while the Porsche 911 GT3 is the lightest of them all with a curb weight of 2,998 pounds. All the vehicles have a similar footprint on the road, while both the Audi and Porsche sit slightly closer to the ground at 4 inches. The Porsche 911 has the smallest wheelbase of 93 inches, while the Corvette has the largest wheelbase of 106 inches. Here is a list of all the exterior features that are available with the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1:

  • Xenon headlamps
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes 
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
  • 19-inch front, 20-inch rear wheels
  • Carbon-fiber roof panel
  • Carbon-fiber hood

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2011 Chevy Corvette ZR1, hence there is no data available regarding the safety ratings. The use of strong platform and carbon fiber body parts all around the vehicles has helped improve the strength along with keeping the overall weight of the vehicle on the lighter end. Along with that, the Corvette is equipped with multiple safety features that help improve the safety factor of the vehicle. Here is a list of all the safety features that are available with the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette:

  • Antilock disc brakes 
  • Side airbags 
  • Stability control system
  • Traction control
  • Performance Traction Management system

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Final Verdict

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most powerful yet affordable sports cars available in the market. The massive 6.2-liter V8 engine provides quick acceleration and great overall performance. The interiors are not the best but still provide decent comfort while being ergonomic. The rivals manage to offer much better features and comfort inside the cabin. The exterior design is unique and aerodynamic that improves the overall efficiency of the vehicle. Thus if you are looking for an affordable sports car, the 22011 Chevrolet Corvette should definitely be on your list.

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