New Corvette ZR1 Goes For Top Speed Run, Emerges With 212 MPH Average

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Top Speed Run

When Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette ZR1 at the end of 2017, the automaker claimed the vehicle would be able to reach speeds of over 210 mph (337 km/h). With its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 755 HP, it did sound feasible, though the automaker’s word was all we had.

Well, Chevrolet has recently released a video of the ZR1 completing two flying-mile runs and maxing out at above 210 mph.

As usual when it comes to top speed runs, they ran the ZR1 first with the wind to its back and then in the opposite direction. The first run saw the ZR1 hit 214.88 mph (345.5 km/h) in seventh gear. Things weren’t as quick for the second run, as the vehicle managed to reach 210.20 mph (338 km/h). This results in an average of 212 mph (341 km/h).

Chevrolet tested the ZR1 at the Papenberg test track in Germany and used an example that wasn’t fitted with the enormous rear wing. While it is useful for drivers looking to go quickly around a track, as it generates downforce, it hinders the car when it comes to going flat out in a straight line because it also induces drag.

The quintessential American supercar might have more in store, though. When the ZR1 came out, chief engineer Tadge Juechter stated that the vehicle was limited to 215 mph (345 km/h). “We didn’t actually expect to get there, but we were surprised when we hit the speed limiter,” he said last November. “We talked about raising it [the limiter], but the tires were validated to 215.”

Being as fast as a Ferrari 488 Pista in a straight line is an impressive feat. But the way the ZR1 reached those numbers is just as remarkable. Both the driver and passenger look calm throughout both runs, which is easier said than done at over 200 mph (320 km/h).

Of course, even if you’ve got the funds to buy a ZR1, you won’t be able to hit top speed unless you live near a de-restricted Autobahn or find a circuit (or an old airport) with a (very) long straight. Even so, we can’t wait for someone to get rid of that electronic speed limiter, fit a set of tires that can handle the speed and do another run.

  • Christian

    If you can’t beat Porsche, well find a place they haven’t been at…

    • Randy Terpstra

      If you can’t beat a $845,000 Porsche, with a $120,000 Corvette, well find a place they haven’t been at…

      Fixed it, for you.

    • SteersUright

      I agree, at $140k Id pick up a slightly used GT3 anyway over this Corvette. For that matter, Id also choose an AMG GTC, Acura NSX, and a few others too before looking at this overpriced big-engined shoddily built plastic contraption, despite its incredible pace.

  • Bo Hanan

    Just glad to see it didn’t break down.

  • john1168

    212! Not bad at all! I wonder how fast a Z06 would go if that big wicker bill spoiler was replaced with the low profile rear wing on this ZR-1???

  • eb110americana

    I’m actually more impressed by how rapidly it gains speed up to 208 MPH. If you’ve ever maxed out your car’s top speed, you will know that most cars hit that wall below 150 MPH.

  • SteersUright

    Incredible performance per dollar, no doubt! And killer engine sound! But couldn’t the exterior look less boy-raver and a bit more integrated and beautiful like other serious big-dollar sports cars? I do like it, but I dont love it, its a bit too much of in the vein of giant gold-chained-look-at-me styling.
    Also, at $140k, couldn’t the interior match others in that price category instead of being on par with a Malibu?
    Rant over.

  • Zcat

    Negative comments on this bargin barnstormer, is really shedding light on how spoiled we are at this stage in our automobile history. We are at the crossroads with, REAL cars as we have known them, becoming extinct. Replaced by electric pods, CUVs, and self-driving sofas. Yet- many complain about plastics in the interior?

    Real car enthusiasts will enjoy and respect all of the effort put into making these machines still available and, an astonishing reality.

    For the $…this thing is a beast.


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