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Old 12-29-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Jeremy Clarkson Names 2009 Corvette ZR1 Best Car Of 2008

http://jalopnik.com/5119353/jeremy-c...st-car-of-2008

Times article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/dri...ffset=0&page=1

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Cranky Brit auto-journalist extraordinaire Jeremy Clarkson has, shockingly, named the 2009 Corvette ZR1 the best car of this past year. Of course, he also selected an American car as one of the worst.

When Jeremy Clarkson first reviewed the ZR1 he claimed love for the American-made supercar despite the propensity for it to disintegrate. In his year-end retrospective for the Sunday Times he essentially repeats this claim but says, despite this, it was the best car of the year.

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And then out of nowhere came the ZR1, which has a supercharged V8 that manages to be both docile and extraordinarily savage all at the same time. Iíve been trying to think of a dog that pulls off a similar trick, but there isnít one. And anyway, this car is not a dog.

Oh, itís not built very well. After just three days in my care, the boot lock disintegrated and the keyless go system refused to acknowledge the keys were in the car, but I didnít mind because there is simply no other car that looks this good, goes this fast Ė in a straight line and around corners Ė and that most of the time bumbles about like a forgetful uncle. And when you throw in the price tag of just £106,690 Ė lots for a Corvette but modest next to a similarly powerful Ferrari Ė the case for the defence can sit down and put up its feet knowing that the prosecutor simply has nowhere to go.

It is an epic car and Iím only sad that unless the healthcare and pensions company that makes it can be turned around, it will be the last of the breed.
By selecting the new Corvette ZR1 as the best car of this past year Clarkson is agreeing with our ZR1 review, in which we stated it was "the best car ever made" and had an Amerigasm so massive the earth shook. He also seconds our fear of the Carpocalypse halting the return of the great American car.

Of course, he has some bad things to say about the Chrysler Sebring but, c'mon, who doesn't hate the Sebring?

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The Sebring is an extraordinary car. Ugly to behold and hateful to drive, it is not cheap, elegant, comfortable, practical, prestigious, clever, economical, luxurious, well designed, well thought out or, if the rental car I drove in America this year is anything to go by, especially well made either.
As always, it's an entertaining read.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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what a tool, this guy don't know JACK about cars, more British drivel
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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what a tool, this guy don't know JACK about cars, more British drivel
So you do?
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:16 PM   #4
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Clarkson knows plenty about cars and the auto industry, what he publishes and films is mainly to gain attention, drama, and entertainment rather than accuracy.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:36 PM   #5
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Oh, it’s not built very well. After just three days in my care, the boot lock disintegrated and the keyless go system refused to acknowledge the keys were in the car,
Well there's why he liked it, he must think it was built by British Leyland
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:37 PM   #6
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He probably liked it because of how it drives. He's pretty damn rich and probably doesn't worry about repair costs too too much.
reading it now...

edit: wow, a lot more expensive than I thought it would be. Why not choose the Nissan GT-R? About the same performance, except that the GT-R is a lot cheaper and is a 4-seater!.
edit again: my god, the value of this darn car... $70k for a supercar!

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Old 12-29-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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Because you cant drive it like a supercar without destroying tranmission and voiding warranty. The main thing for Clarkson is speed and joy of driving. My guess is that the Nissan isnt as fun to tool around in and drive around.......afterall its just another Datsun.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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^^^

Unlike the ZR-1 which is just another Chevy and will never break just like any other Chevy.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:01 PM   #9
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Well there's why he liked it, he must think it was built by British Leyland
Of his Ford GT he purchased The keyless entry went nuts on him on the first day alone.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:03 PM   #10
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Because you cant drive it like a supercar without destroying tranmission and voiding warranty. The main thing for Clarkson is speed and joy of driving. My guess is that the Nissan isnt as fun to tool around in and drive around.......afterall its just another Datsun.
And your anti Nissan statements start showing up yet again.

3, three, THREE!!!!! transmission failures have surfaced and it was from the owners flogging the crap out of launch control, which is not a stated feature of the car. Seriously, move on
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:09 PM   #11
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Because you cant drive it like a supercar without destroying tranmission and voiding warranty. The main thing for Clarkson is speed and joy of driving. My guess is that the Nissan isnt as fun to tool around in and drive around.......afterall its just another Datsun.
Do you get an e-mail whenever someone mentions "GT-R" on any forum on the internet?
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #12
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:55 PM   #13
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Wow, some good old hating on a great car such as the ZR1 . No wonder this country is down the tubes .
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:59 PM   #14
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Wow, some good old hating on a great car such as the ZR1 . No wonder this country is down the tubes .
who was hating on the ZR1?
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:04 AM   #15
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Do you get an e-mail whenever someone mentions "GT-R" on any forum on the internet?
Yeah, I think it's like his Batsignal.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:05 AM   #16
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The ZR1 is ugly, although the specs are great. Greatest car ever made? No way. I'd take a 300SL Gullwing or 356B any day, given the times in which they were released, over the ZR1, given the time in which it has been released.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:14 AM   #17
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clarkson is right. zr-1 is THE car to be had in 2008 period. i bet u all would have rooted for the zr-1 if it had a japanese manufacture badge on it. shame on you all.
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clarkson is right. zr-1 is THE car to be had in 2008 period. i bet u all would have rooted for the zr-1 if it had a japanese manufacture badge on it. shame on you all.
Do us all a favour and sell your WRX and just move on, clearly you are a gung-ho, yeehaw American. Just admit it and be done with it.

Second. Who the **** is hating on the ZR1? Are you and ASU reading some top secret version of NASIOC open only to the two of you and monarocountry?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:06 AM   #19
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joke, funny, haha
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I love that Clarkson refers to GM as the "healthcare and pensions company".

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Because you cant drive it like a supercar without destroying tranmission and voiding warranty. The main thing for Clarkson is speed and joy of driving. My guess is that the Nissan isnt as fun to tool around in and drive around.......afterall its just another Datsun.
Please name an AWD supercar that can withstand repeated launches... or drop it already.

I remember an article from about a decade ago where R&T (IIRC) convinced Lamborghini to let them launch a Diablo VT. The Lambo factory test driver was there to instruct the journalist on how to perform a launch.. it involved lots of revs and a quick enough clutch slip to salvage the transmission. The journalist grenaded the transmission on his first try.. but got it right in the backup car they had on hand... but that was it.. there wasn't enough clutch to do it again.
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Do us all a favour and sell your WRX and just move on, clearly you are a gung-ho, yeehaw American. Just admit it and be done with it.

Second. Who the **** is hating on the ZR1? Are you and ASU reading some top secret version of NASIOC open only to the two of you and monarocountry?
Those 2 usually type without thinking. I just ignore their useless posts.
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Quick question... Has any body in this thread driven a ZR-1?

Ah, right, so then it is a moot point as probably all of us have not and therefore have little say in the matter.

It's way out of my price range, but with the kind of numbers it puts down and with the majority of its reviews beaming with joy, I'd say it appears to be a supercar bargain. Show me a Ferrari that is any more reliable, even at double the cost... That's not a brand that's well known for reliability either.

And I'd be willing to bet that the ZR-1's large power to weight ratio advantage makes it more thrilling than even the very very good GT-R from Nissan. I've driven neither, so I could easily be wrong, but I feel that we're comparing a vehicle built using the normal supercar formula to a track-blazing techno car... Both great in their own way, but both built to give a different feel and purpose to essentially the same end.

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Old 12-30-2008, 12:29 PM   #23
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This message is hidden because monaroCountry is on your ignore list.

I'm on the brink of adding JuggernautTCW.
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Quick question... Has any body in this thread driven a ZR-1?

Ah, right, so then it is a moot point as probably all of us have not and therefore have little say in the matter.

It's way out of my price range, but with the kind of numbers it puts down and with the majority of its reviews beaming with joy, I'd say it appears to be a supercar bargain. Show me a Ferrari that is any more reliable, even at double the cost... That's not a brand that's well known for reliability either.

And I'd be willing to bet that the ZR-1's large power to weight ratio advantage makes it more thrilling than even the very very good GT-R from Nissan. I driven neither, so I could easily be wrong, but I feel that we're comparing a vehicle built using the normal supercar formula to a track-blazing techno car... Both great in their own way, but both built to give a different feel and purpose to essentially the same end.
An intelligent, thoughtful post? I had thought these had gone the way of the Dodo around here...
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An intelligent, thoughtful post? I had thought these had gone the way of the Dodo around here...
Shut it, f***er!
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