It’s no secret that Chevrolet has aspirations to make the Corvette a viable contender in the European market, but what about older Corvettes? They are out there, which often can be easily spotted by split amber lenses out back (you may have seen a few folks in the U.S. that have fitted their Vettes with these lenses). GTSpirit.com got ahold of one of these Euro-spec Corvettes − a 2010 C6 ZR1, no less − that they call “the fastest Corvette ever.”
Nicknamed “The Blue Devil,” the ZR1 debuted in 2009 and immediately won accolades for its prowess, including some from the European press like “2009 Performance Car of the Year” by Top Gear and “Car of the Year Award” by Jeremy Clarkson. The ZR1 also turned an impressive 7:19.63 on the Nordschleife in 2012.
The supercharged Ls9 6.2L small-block produces 638 horsepower, but the car that GTSpirit.com drove had almost 100 more. They took a spin through the Swiss Alps during a balmy summer day. We have plenty of twisties here in the States, but to drive this rarity through the world-famous mountain range seems to be an experience that few will be able to experience.