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Watch newest Corvette ZR1 top 210 mph on German track


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.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.


    • Agreed…but it was pretty much straight line performance. I used to race you Vette guys (friends of mine…their Dad’s were rich… in the same time frame 1960’s) in my little beat to shit MG Midget (engine was "humped" 90 HP>>> WHOA ! ! ) on roads in southwest Ohio that would wind and go into 90 degree turns then do some "S" turns….and as long as I was glued to those turns at 50 MPH I would pull away from you guys. Straightaways? Hell…does the statement "blow by me like I was standing still still a worn out cliche’? I am proud to say that GM finally got their shit together and made the Vette a world class performer (FINALLY ! ! ).

  1. Just think if they ever thought of adding four more Cylinders to the engine, then lets see how fast it will run on the same track.


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