2017 Corvette Z06 Runs 1/4 Against Shelby GT500 Mustang

Usually, when two RWD muscle cars meet up on the drag strip, we know it’s going to be about which of them can get off to a better start.

This 2017 Corvette Z06 C7 is definitely a more modern car than its rival from this video, the Shelby GT500 (the most recent model), a car that entered production back in 2009, when it was also redesigned.

We don’t know which model year this GT500 is, so if it’s stock, it’s either got 540 HP (547 PS) or 550 HP (557 PS), and a healthy 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) of torque either way. Then again, if it’s a special edition or slightly tuned, it might have more going for it.

The C7 Corvette Z06 on the other hand packs 650 horses of its own, to go with its 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque, so on average, it’s definitely got a sizable advantage over the older Shelby 500. The Vette will even do 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.95 seconds – “kinda” useful during a drag race.

As for who came out on top, we’ll let you figure out which car ran the 1/4 mile in the high 11s and which one in the mid-12s.

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  • SteersUright

    That Mustang is running a tune. No way with all its extra weight and less HP does it beat the Z06.

  • G82FS

    Crap launches by both drivers…

  • Lou

    did someone forget the mustang came with 662hp for 2013 and 2014?

  • LJ

    That GT500 has 662hp, not 540-550.

  • Ishliss

    127mph trap tells me that is a tuned 662HP model, the 114 mph trap of the Vette tells me he cant drive, or is down a supercharger lol

  • Steve McQueen

    Car and Driver and Motor Trend both tested stock GT 500’s and got to 60 in about 3.5 seconds and ran mid-high 11 second quarters with 125 mph trap speeds. No need for a tune.

  • Mike Borders

    A 460 HP “normal” Corvette will run 12.5’s all day long — mine does. C7 Z06’s run mid-11’s all day long, too, so clearly this was a poor driving job. Looks like the Z-06 driver put his car in “track” mode, yet forgot to set the track mode off of the “wet” (default) setting, which will pull timing from the engine (don’t ask me how I know this!!! :P). Anyway, the Z-06 is the faster car by about 3/4 second and about 12 mph under normal conditions. Sorry, GT lovers!

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