ZR1's European sticker double the U.S. price

By JAKE LINGEMAN, AutoWeek Magazine

Here's one more reason, besides the gas prices and congestion taxes, to be glad you don't live in Europe: the awesome new Corvette ZR1 will sticker for twice as much there as it does in the United States.

Dutch importer Kroymans, which handles Corvette sales in Europe, said the ZR1 will have a sticker price of 136,000 euros. At current exchange rates, that equals $214,146.64. In the United States, the ZR1 will sticker for $105,000, which includes shipping charges and a gas-guzzler tax--but good look finding one for sale at that price.

Similar to the United States, the ZR1's European price includes a driver training course.

"There is a huge demand for this car," Kroymans spokesman Dick Braakhekke said. "It offers great performance at a relatively low price."

With a top speed of 205 mph (330 kph), the ZR1 will be at home on Germany's autobahn or doing laps on the Nürburgring, where it's handling was developed.

GM expects to export 70 ZR1s to Europe this year and around 150 units in a full year. Last year, Corvette sales totaled 1,244 units in Europe.