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.