2009 Chevrolet Corvette History, Specs and Options

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette emerged strongly even amid an industry in relative turmoil. Like prior iterations of the classic car, the 2009 version blended elements from its predecessors with certain new characteristics. Chevrolet kept the best things about the Corvette while offering several new features and upgrades for the various models in the 2009 lineup.

We’ll take you through an overview of the development and release of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. We’ll also include sections on some of the most popular models and features for that year, available parts, support networks, and customization options for the car.

History of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette

2009 Chevrolet Corvette

Despite facing the financial crisis that hit the auto industry hard, Chevrolet was ready to release their 2009 Chevrolet Corvette early that year. Indeed, the company released the 2009 ZR1 coupe, a model enthusiasts hailed as one of the most powerful Corvettes Chevrolet produced to date.

Perhaps precisely because Chevrolet wanted to start the year on a high note, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came onto the scene amid thunderous praise from the media and car enthusiasts alike. Chevrolet’s Chief of Design called it the “no-holds-barred” version of the classic American sports car.

Introduced the previous year, an optional dual exhaust system was available for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette as well. With this system in place, the car could reach horsepower levels of 436, with 428 pounds-feet of torque. Enthusiasts who opted for the standard exhaust system still had access to 430 horsepower thanks to the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette’s powerful LS3 engine block.

Other features to make their return to the Corvette included the six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic version. Chevrolet also introduced Cyber Gray and Blade silver exterior colors, both in a metallic finish, and Dark Titanium and Ebony custom leather interiors.

The 5 Most Popular 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Models

Somewhat ironically, Corvette enthusiasts had their choice of nine different production models for the car that year. These included the standard coupes and convertibles, the ZR1, and the Z06. Additionally, Chevrolet released special editions of the coupe and Z06 and GT1 championship editions of the convertible, Z06, and coupe.

Coupe

The 2009 basic Corvette coupe model proved popular with consumers although the aesthetic changes were small and subtle. Both the coupe and the convertible models for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette featured brighter, more noticeable signature crossed flag emblems. In terms of convenience, Chevrolet made the 2009 base models the first to have Bluetooth for a safer, hands-free calling experience. Other than this, the coupe remained unchanged from the previous year, with access to the same transmission, engine, and color options. The basic 2009 coupe retailed at $47,895.

Convertible

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Like the coupe, the convertible did not change in many ways for the 2009 year. However, both it and the coupe did receive performance upgrades in the form of the new LS3 V-8 engine block. This engine became the standard for all basic Corvette models after this. Thanks to the LS3, both cars had 430 horsepower and 424 pounds-feet of torque.

Z06

The coupe and convertible may have changed very little, but Chevrolet was ready to give its 2009 Z06 a little more pizzazz. It featured a new “spider” exterior and 10-spoke wheels. What’s more, consumers could choose wheel variations for the Z06 including chrome, Competition Gray, or Sparkle Silver. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 input and instrument panels that matched the interior, new stitching for the basic seats, and an enhancement acoustic setup.

The Z06 stuck with the LS7 engine block, which provided it with 505 horsepower. However, Chevy did give it a larger dry-sump capacity, enough to hold 10.5 quarts. The car retailed for $73,255.

Competition Sport Coupe/Z06

The Competition Sport 2009 Chevrolet Corvette featured matching gray racing stripes, headlamps, and wheels. The standard model pedals were upgraded to racing edition pedals, and the luxurious ebony interior included titanium stitching.

Each Competition Sport version had a decal package with racing numbers based on the VIN. They also included performance upgrades on par with the Z51, a new heads-up display, and NPP exhaust.

The coupes were available in white or black while the Z06s had silver or black palettes. Chevrolet produced each of these in very limited numbers, making them very collectible. The Competition coupe retailed for $55,765 and the Z06 for $77,600.

GT1 Championship Edition

2009 GT1 Championship Edition

This model of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette commemorates the C6.R Corvette Racer, and Chevy produced it in small numbers. Customers could choose from two specialty exteriors: a yellow background with titanium lettering, or a black background with a combination titanium and yellow accent. The latter colors were a direct homage to the 2009 CR.6.

The Championship models included rocker panels with ‘GT1 Champion’ lettering and interiors wrapped in leather and yellow stitching. The company made only 53 coupes 17 convertibles, and 55 Z06s. The cars were priced at $65,410, $71,915, and $86,486, respectively.

Getting Support For the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette

If you own a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette, there is plenty of help online. You can find dedicated Corvette sites that offer maintenance and repair instructions as well as companies such as West Coast Corvette and GM Parts that will ship needed components right to your door.

The Corvette community also has a vibrant online presence full of aficionados that are ready to share their Corvette stories and advice. If you have one of the limited production runs, you’ll find plenty of interest in hearing about it in the various forums.

Further Options For the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette and Fun Stuff

You can find several options for modifying or customizing your 2009 Corvette. For the exterior, tail light covers, rear light bezels, side fender vents, and special glass roof panels are popular. Inside, consumers enjoy such things as center console customization options, interior trunk lights, padded seat cushions, and door handle accents in leather.

Improving During a Slow Season

Chevrolet produced many versions of the 2009 Corvette during a time when their sales had dropped off from the previous year. Even so, the company made a number of small and large enhancements, such as the new engine block or the new ZR1 car, and continued to refine the things that made the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette great.

If you own a 2009 model, want to learn more, or are interested in sharing knowledge and advice, be sure to let us know in the section below.

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