2019 Corvette ZR1 Hits 60 In 2.85 Sec And 1/4 Mile In Just 10.6 Sec

Thanks to its mighty supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine that puts out 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is blisteringly fast. In fact, it is so fast that it handily beat the Ford GT to set a production car lap record around the Virginia International Raceway.

In a straight-line, however, is the new ZR1 as potent as its power and torque figures seem to suggest?

For the moment, Chevrolet is remaining mum on the ZR1’s acceleration times, but Corvette Blogger recently learned from Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles that the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time sits at a brisk 2.85 seconds. The ZR1 will also run to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6 seconds flat and do the quarter mile (0-400 m) in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph (215 km/h).

These figures are absolutely mighty in their own right, but not hugely improved over the C7-generation Z06. In the right conditions, the 650 hp Z06 can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and run a 10.95-second quarter mile. With three years separating the two models, it is clear that Corvette engineers have achieved all they could with the front-engine Corvette’s straight-line performance.

Looking beyond the Corvette family, the ZR1’s acceleration times are largely in line with its more expensive European rivals, including the Lamborghini Aventador S. That being said, the Corvette ZR1 can’t keep up with the McLaren 720S, which does the quarter mile in just 9.7 seconds.

Then again, as we’ve discovered, the 720S has much more grunt than what McLaren’s official figures claim and, in any case, being a 10-second car straight out of the factory is no small achievement. Moreover, if you scroll down there’s a video of Charles firing up and revving the ZR1 at Sebring – and this thing does look and sound mental even when sitting still.

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    • john1168

      There was a video of a Tesla going around a racetrack. I forget which one but you might be able to find it on youtube. I think it was VIR but I could be wrong. The Tesla made it about halfway around the track before it went into limp mode. The Tesla is almost unbeatable in the quarter mile but any more than that, I would bet money on it…

      • I BELIEVE IT.


        • john1168

          For 0 to 60 and quarter mile times, it’s hard to argue with all wheel drive and electric motors that have their peak torque at 0 rpm’s. But the batteries get hot in a jiffy… It may be a different story 5 to 10 years from now with advancements in elec tech and racing development. Stay tuned:)


        • Bob White

          But it’s a one trick pony. Take that Tesla around a road course and it’s really quite pathetic.

          Musk is about to declare a 1 Billion $ loss in the first quarter or close to $40,000 per car. The house of cards is about to come down.

  • carlbolt

    How long can this ZR1 be driven on track? It’d be better longer than 15 minutes.

  • ErnieB

    I needs to spit fire though..Lol insane!

  • Best bang for your buck category winner?

    • john1168

      Yes sir. The Vette always had decent bang for the buck.

      • Well… as someone who grew up with European cars, main criticism of old Corvette in UK beside that the steering wheel is in the wrong place is that the material has cheap feeling and the dynamics is somewhat stiff.

        But C7 clearly has improved massively, can’t wait to see the mid engine C8 would be.

  • Craig

    It doesn’t appeal to me. There’s just….. too much going on.

    • alexxx

      You are to old obviously 😉😉😉

      • Craig

        I’ve got one foot in the grave!

        • alexxx

          We all do…😅😅😅

  • GobbleUp

    Ugly, overheating problems most likely and a manufacturer that wont stand up to their product.

    • john1168

      This ZR1 won’t have the overheating issues of the Z06. That being said, the overheat issues on the Z06 (track car) were inexcusable. Hopefully the fixes for the Z06 work.

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant wait for Chris Harris to test it.

    • SgtBeavis

      Absolutely, because there is no way I’m going to own one.

  • john1168

    DAAYYYUUUMM that thing is FAST! Makes me wonder what the new mid engine Vette will do…

  • Bash

    0-60mph in 2.85s. This is insane.

    • john1168

      Freakin’ Bananas!!! LOL

    • Bo Hanan

      Is it? At Ferrari and McLaren it’s just another day.

      • Rick Alexander

        Yeah. Ferrari and McLaren At twice the price. What’s your point?

        • Bo Hanan

          I guess it takes twice the $$ to ensure the engine won’t overheat and go into limp mode.


    does it faster or the same performance as demon?

    • john1168

      The Demon is faster in 0 to 60 and maybe quarter mile but that’s about it… Track performance, braking and top speed go to the ZR1.

    • You can’t really compare Demon, a car that is set up to do straight 0-60 to a Corvette ZR1, who is set up to go on track.

      Think before you comment.

  • Bo Hanan

    “Corvette engineers have achieved all they could with the front-engine Corvette’s straight-line performance”
    Maybe its just time to let that engine series go. A 32Valve is long overdue in the Corvette.

  • getoffme

    It only goes one lap though then the engine goes limp mode.

  • S3XY

    Slow lol

  • Bo Hanan

    Kiss my ass mate.

  • SteersUright

    I dont get it, if traction is a limiting factor why not put some massive steamrollers on the back like Porsche and Viper did with their top end models? Or why not just add tiny electric front motors to do nothing more than assist off the line and require little to no batteries?
    That aside, the sound this Vette makes is epic. Hopefully they’ve tweaked the chassis and suspension because If its anything like the Z06, it’ll prove even more nervous, unstable, and a roughneck around any track, per Randy Pobst’s review of Z06 and many others I’ve read.

  • Bo Hanan

    And you should avoid writing anything because it confirms to people that you are stupid. Check your grammar hombre.

  • Bo Hanan

    I think he knows.

  • Bo Hanan

    There’s plenty of ass left over here for you to kiss too.

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