Famous Corvette Inspired ZR1 Speedboat, “ZR48” Now Up For Sale

Vettes and boats are both typically made of fiberglass, but the ZR48 took things to the next level. The boat's sales listing states that the hull is actually made of carbon fiber. Photo: Off Shore Only

Ironically, one of the most popular articles on our site in 2011 was about a boat rather than a car or an engine. That article focused on the now famous MTI built ZR1 Corvette themed speedboat, dubbed the “ZR48”, which was believed at the time to be powered by multiple supercharged LS9 engines. But we recently received a tip that the famous MTI ZR48 ZR1 Corvette Boat is now up for sale on OffShoreOnly.com, with a ton of specific details about the boat.

Truly no expense was spared on the ZR48 to make it look, and perform like a water-going ZR1 Corvette, and the seven-figure sales price reflects it. Photo: Off Shore Only

From the listing, we learned that the boat is constructed of mostly carbon fiber, but isn’t actually powered by LS9’s. Instead it’s powered by dual Mercury Racing twin-turbo marine engines that make a combined 2,700(!) horsepower. And interestingly, what appears to be the top of an LS9 peaking thorough the very accurate-looking clear power blister on the top deck is actually an elaborate speaker pod that lifts up from the deck. It’s just one part of a massive 8,000 watt stereo system, which seriously ups the maximum off-shore partying capabilities.

Unfortunately, that isn't a real LS9 in the front of the boat, but rather a speaker pod consisting of 8 Focal K2 coaxials with horns and 2 Kicker Solo Baric 10-inch subs. Photo: Off Shore Only

The ZR48's cockpit features 100% authentic Corvette parts purchased from GM, and a few goodies the real ZR1 doesn't have. For example, the ZR48 has an Apple TV, its own Wi-Fi network, and an 8,000 watt speaker system. Photo: Off Shore Only

And that’s just the beginning of the ZR48’s features. It also has an ice cold 24,000 BTU air conditioning system to keep passengers cool on hot summer days, an Apple TV, and even has its own Wi-Fi network. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, awesomeness doesn’t come cheap: the ZR48 is listed for $1,700,000. But, at least it includes the trailer for that price.

Check out the ZR48’s sales listing on OffShoreOnly.com for even more details on this righteous boat.

We also learn from the sale listing that the boat isn't actually powered by LS9's at all, but it does boast tons of horsepower. The ZR48 is pushed through the water by two Mercury Racing twin-turbo marine engines that make 1350 horsepower each.Photo: Off Shore Only

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Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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