Chevy’s most powerful Corvette to date can really move
Going fast –- really fast –- has long been a trademark of the Chevrolet Corvette, but the carmaker may have outdone itself this time.
Chevy took the 2019 Corvette ZR1 to the automotive testing track in Papenburg, Germany, recently to prove its claim that the car was capable of speeds in excess of 210 mph.
The car delivered. Hair-raising video posted by Chevy showed the Corvette hit speeds of 214 mph and 210 mph.
Cars at Papenburg are tested going in two directions because wind could affect the process.
The 212 mph track speed average was the fastest ever for the famed American sports car.
The street-legal car is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine that produces 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is also capable of taking the Corvette from a dead stop to 60 mph in just 2.85 seconds.
Buyers have a choice between an eight-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission.
Of course, all that power comes with a pretty steep price tag. The base version of the ZR1 is priced at $121,000.
Papenburg wasn’t the first speed achievement for the latest iteration of the Corvette. In January, a similar ZR1 rounded the Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course West track in a record-breaking 2:27.25. That was more than a full second faster than the Ford GT.3 comments