The latest version of one of America's most iconic sports cars, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be available in the UK in left-hand-drive only from the end of this year, although the order book is already filling up.

Orders have already been placed in Britain for the ZR1, powered by an all-new LS9 supercharged 6.2-litre V-8 engine.

A spokesman for Chevrolet UK said at the Detroit motor show that five orders have been taken for the supercar which will cost around GBP80,000.

He added: "While that does not sound like a large number, we are not sure how many we will get as the production run is strictly limited."

The Corvette ZR1 also features a six-speed, close-ratio, race-hardened manual transmission and 20-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

Its carbon-fibre bonnet features a raised, polycarbonate window - offering a view of the intercooler below it.

Ed Peper, general manager of Chevrolet in the USA said that the ZRI also has an "exceptional" power-to-weight ratio, adding: "Better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph."

Also coming to the UK, probably in 2010, will be the Hummer H4 off-roader and the Saab 9-4X, shown in concept form at the show.

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