The Corvette C7 ZR1 is still a very potent machine

The Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 is, arguably, an instant classic because it marks the end of an era for the Corvette brand being the last of the front-engined models to sport this famous badge. While we’re waiting impatiently for the go-fast versions of the latest, mid-engined ’Vette, let’s all take a moment to remember just how fast the C7 ZR1 really was.

Is 214 mph fast enough for you?

Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
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Modern supercars are bestowed with staggering amounts of power that translate to jaw-dropping figures such as sub-three-second 0-60 times, top speeds in excess of 210 or even 220 mph, and fighter jet-like quarter-mile times. It’s all being done in utmost serenity as today’s league of mind-numbingly fast machines are light years away from the flimsy supercars of yesteryear that were haphazardly put together to the point that you’d expect bits to fall off as you drive along.

In short, the current breed of rapid-fire tarmac eaters prove that going really fast doesn’t have to be scary.

Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
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But do we really need machines that can travel the earth at a rate of +200 mph?

Most sane people would argue that it’s a waste of time to even conceive a car able of reaching such speeds when you can’t go faster than 70 mph on most highways and even Germany’s once-unlimited autobahn is nowadays riddled by heavy traffic and speed cameras. But everyone loves the bragging rights that are part of the deal when you build a fast car and speed is one of those few eye-catching metrics which is why you can’t have something like a Corvette, America’s answer to the Ferraris, Jaguars, and Porsches of the world, not be up there in the speed war.

It is, then, easy to see why the latest ZR1 is an incredibly fast car despite it being designed with track days in mind - hence the wing in the back and that ultra-aggressive splitter in the front.

The fastest (and last) of the front-engined Corvettes isn't by any stretch of the imagination a light car at 3,669 pounds with fluids onboard but the 6.2-liter pushrod LT5 V-8 engine equipped with a 2.6-liter Eaton supercharger is a master at concealing all that weight.
Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
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Developing 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, it is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a Corvette and it allows the C7 ZR1 to go from naught to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds while the quarter-mile is covered in just 10.6 seconds, at which point a ZR1 has already reached 134 mph.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 specifications
Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
0 to 60 mph 2.9 seconds
Quarter mile time 10.6 seconds
Quarter mile speed 134 mph
Top Speed 214 mph
The top speed is 214 mph which is more than a Ferrari F8 Tributo can muster.
Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
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The fact that the C7 ZR1 can actually reach the manufacturer-submitted top speed has been proven in the past but, just for the sake of it, the guys at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds put a C7 ZR1 to the test once more. As you’d expect, you need quite a lot of open space to try something like this and the airstrip at the proving grounds sure come in handy when you try to see just how fast a car goes.

Watch the video to see just how much airstrip you need to get to little over 210 mph in a C7 ZR1 as well as to see how much time it takes to pull it off (spoiler: you probably take longer to brush your teeth).

Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read More
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