It would be an impressive benchmark for the base version of the mid-engine sports car

The production-spec, Z51 Performance Package-equipped 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has reportedly gotten its first taste of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Muscle Cars & Trucks is reporting that the next-generation, mid-engine Corvette C8 was able to lap the Green Hell in 7:28.30.

There’s no official word from Chevrolet on whether the Corvette C8 actually pulled off that lap time, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did. The Corvette C8 was a regular guest at the ‘Ring during its testing phase and Chevy has admitted that it plans to run the mid-engined sports car around the track for some hot laps. Perhaps it’s already done it.

Nothing’s official until Chevrolet says it’s official

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To be clear, the Corvette C8’s reported lap time is not official, or at least not yet.

According to Muscle Cars & Trucks, the mid-engine Corvette was able to lap the Nurburgring in 7:28.30. The outlet does not identify a source on the reported lap time, but it did post what it looks like a photo of the Corvette C8’s interior with a driver behind the wheel and a passenger with a computer in his hands and enough telemetry equipment to suggest that the Corvette C8 is going flat-out.

We won’t know until Chevrolet confirms the Corvette’s run at the ring, but considering the reported lap time that was posted, there are some interesting bits to peel through, including how this reported lap time compares to the lap times of past Corvette models.

Comparable lap times

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If the Corvette C8’s 7:28.30 lap time is confirmed, it sets up some interesting comparisons to other Corvette models that have all had runs at the Nurburgring.

For starters, the Corvette C8’s lap doesn’t make it the quickest Chevy around the ‘Ring. That distinction still belongs to the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE, which clocked a lap time of 7:16.04 back in 2017. That, too, is an impressive lap time, but it’s also not the fastest Corvette to post a lap time around the track.

Former Corvette test driver and ride-handling manager Jim Mero reportedly clocked an impressive 7:04 lap time with the 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1.

That would’ve made it the fastest Corvette to lap the Green Hell, but Chevrolet never released an official announcement touting the crazy fast lap time. So, at least for now, the Camaro ZL1 1LE still stands as the fastest Corvette to officially lap the 12.9-mile race track.

Fastest Corvette around Nurburgring
Model Lap Time Confirmed
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 7:04 No
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 1LE 7:16.04 Yes
2012 Corvette ZR1 7:19.63 Yes
2020 Corvette C8 Stingray 7:28.30 No

There’s a reason for the Corvette C8’s “slower” lap time

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The 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1 remains the fastest and most powerful version of the Corvette ever built. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE’s lap time is also 12 seconds faster than the C8 Stingray’s reported lap time. Among other things, the Camaro ZL1 1LE’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine and its ability to produce 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque is a big reason for that.

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Compare that to the 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray’s engine setup — it’s powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque — and it’s easy to see why the C8 Stingray appears to lack the pace of its older Corvette brothers.

Believe it or not, but this is a good sign for the next-generation Corvette C8

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On the surface, the Corvette C8 Stingray’s reported lap time around the Nurburgring doesn’t sound like it’s worth celebrating.

But there is some context that needs to be laid out on the table to properly understand that this reported lap time is actually impressive in its own right.

Consider the faster lap times posted by other Corvette models at the Nurburgring and consider the respective versions of the Corvette that posted those lap times. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette built to date. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE also more than 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque over the 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it clocked a faster lap time than the new mid-engine ‘Vette.

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The Corvette C8 Stingray’s reported lap time is impressive because it represents the floor of what the Corvette C8 is capable of.

The model only produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, but more powerful versions of the Corvette C8 are in the works, including the next-generation Corvette ZR1 that’s not only rumored to come in the form of a hybrid, but more importantly, it would pack as much as 900 horsepower.

Care to venture a guess how fast the upcoming Corvette ZR1 can finish a lap at the Nurburgring?

Fastest cars around Nurburgring
Porsche 919 5:19.55
Volkswagen ID R 6:05.336
McLaren P1 LM 6:43.2
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 6:44.97
NextEV Nio EP9 6:45.90
Porsche 911 GT2 RS 6:47.3
Radical SR8 LM 6:48
Lamborghini Huracan Performante 6:52.01
Radical SR8 6:55
Porsche 918 Spyder 6:57
Lamborghini Aventador SV 6:59.73
Nissan GT-R Nismo 7:08.68
Mercedes-AMG GT R 7:10.92

Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks

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