The C8 Corvette Isn’t Quite As Fast As the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, But It Can Keep Up

The mid-engine C8 Corvette has literally been decades in the making. When it arrived for the 2021 model year, the Corvette found itself competing against some new competition that at one time were little more than distant competitors. The Corvette name has always been associated with performance, but now that it has to take on a long list of European competitors, we – like the rest of you – have been wondering just how well the C8 can hold up. Now, thanks to a new video from Sport Auto, we can see how the C8 fairs against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 V-10 on the track, and you have to see what happens.

Three Sports Cars, One Track, and 1,465 Horsepower

Sport Auto took the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette to the legendary Hockenheim Ring, where it was forced to compete against the 992-gen 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Audi R8 V10 RWD. This, folks, is the comparison between cars that we’ve been waiting for, but before you watch the video, let me tell you just what we’re looking at.

2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8
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The C8 Corvette is, arguably, the newest of the bunch (the 992-gen 911 is also new), thanks to an all-new mid-engine layout.

It follows the simple tradition of a naturally aspired V-8, this time displacing 6.2-liters and delivering a total of 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

That power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed Tremec dual-clutch transmission. According to Chevy, the C8 Corvette can hit 60 mph in 2,9 seconds and will top out at 194 mph. The C8’s quarter-mile time is said to be 11.2 seconds.

2020 Audi R8 V10 RWD

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8
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The Audi R8 is the oldest of the three cars in this track-day showdown, with the current-generation being on the market since 2015. However, the R8 V10 RWD was just recently added back to the lineup, so it’s kind of new again too.

Depending on the market, the Audi R8 V-10 offers between 532 and 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels.

The transmission here is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit that transfers torque to a mechanical locking differential. The RWD model is more nimble than the AWD model because it’s a little more than 140 pounds lighter, and that plays into its advantage quite well.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8
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The Porsche 911 Carrera is the legend of legends, being the one car that any other major sports car absolutely must be benchmarked against.

It is pushed around (pushed because of the rear engine-rear-drive configuration) by a 3.0-liter flat-six that’s good for 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

That power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, which is good enough for a 3.0-second sprint to 60 mph and an 11.3-second quarter-mile at 125 mph.

And there you have it – those are the three contenders in question today. Can the C8 Corvette outgun them on the track thanks to nimble handling, or does it fall short? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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