It’s not as fast as we thought, but it’s still quick relative to its price tag

After months of waiting and speculating, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. There were rumors that the eighth-generation Corvette — it’s also the first-ever mid-engine Corvette — posted a lap time of 7:28.30 around the famous race track, but TheDrive managed to catch the sports car’s alleged lap time — 7:29.9 — in a trailer for a two-part Corvette C8 documentary.

Well, Chevrolet has since confirmed that the Corvette C8 did post a 7:29.9 lap time. There you have it, folks. The eighth-generation Corvette C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. It’s not as fast as we thought it was going to be, but it’s still faster than a lot of performance cars that cost more than double the amount you’ll have to pay to go home with a Corvette C8.

What kind of Corvette C8 Posted This Lap Time?

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Now Has an Official Nurburgring Lap Time Exterior
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With so much hype attached to the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8, it’s important to establish the kind of Corvette C8 that posted the 7:29.29 lap time at the Nurburgring.

Turns out, a spokesperson from General Motors confirmed that Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin is responsible for the lap time after clocking that time during the Corvette C8’s development run at the ‘Ring back in the summer of 2019. More importantly, Gavin drove a prototype version of the Corvette C8 that came equipped with the Z51 Performance Package.

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Now Has an Official Nurburgring Lap Time Exterior
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This is an important detail because it confirms that the lap time was not set by a base Corvette Stingray C8. Instead, it was set by Corvette C8 Z51, which features functional aerodynamics, an electronic limited-slip differential, larger brakes, and a performance-spec exhaust system that’s responsible for the Vette’s increased output of 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s five ponies and five pound-feet of torque more than what the standard Corvette C8 can produce out of its 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 engine.

With that kind of lap time, it’s reasonable to expect the base Corvette C8 to post a lap time around the Nurburgring in the 7:30 range.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995

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Where does the Corvette C8’s ’Ring Time Rank Against Other Corvette Models?

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There are several ways to look at the lap time posted by the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z51 at the Nurburgring.

On the one hand, the Corvette C8 Z51 is far from the fastest Corvette that has lapped the world-famous race track.

Back in 2011, driver Jim Mero managed to drive a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 around the ‘Ring in just 7:19.63. A few weeks after that successful GM-conducted test, Mero returned to the track with a 2012 Corvette C6 Z06 and pulled in a time of 7:22.68.

If you want to include unofficial lap times, the king of all Corvettes around the Nurburgring remains the 2019 Corvette C7 ZR1, which clocked a staggering time of just 7:04, paces ahead of the next Corvette on the list: a 2017 Corvette C7 Z06 that posted a lap time of 7:13.9.
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To be fair, all the Corvettes that posted faster lap times around the Nurburgring than the Corvette C8 came in either ZR1 or Z6 variants. These are hardcore, performance-spec versions of the Vette — the Corvette C7 ZR1, for example, produces a whopping 755 horsepower courtesy of a 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V-8 engine. These Corvette models are supposed to go faster than the Corvette C8, though that script could change in a hurry once the performance-spec versions of the Corvette C8 arrive. Remember, there are rumors that the Corvette ZR1 C8 will adopt a hybrid powertrain setup that will net somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 horsepower.

Now that’s a lap time we don’t want to miss.

Still in Good Company

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Despite the Corvette C8 Stingray falling short of the lap times of other Corvette models, the mid-engine sports car’s 7:29.29 lap time is still all sorts of impressive when you consider past performance cars that posted similar lap times.

The Corvette C8’s lap time of 7:29.29 pushes it past established supercars like the Mercedes SLS AMG (7:30.0), Audi R8 V10 (7:32.0), and the Ferrari 458 Italia (7:38.0).

Sure, most of these cars are dated, but there’s still something to be said for the Corvette C8 and the power deficit it has to make up relative to the amount of power these supercars have at their disposal.

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If you want something a bit more modern, the all-new, 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S recently completed its own Nurburgring lap time, clocking in at 7:30.41. That’s 1.1 seconds slower than the Corvette C8 despite lacking only 52 horsepower compared to the Vette C8 Z51. One other performance car that posted a close lap time to the Corvette C8 is the Camaro ZL1, which posted a lap time of 7:29.6 back in 2016.

Taken as a whole, the Corvette C8 Z51 7:29.29 lap time looks more impressive when you compare it to the lap times of other performance cars that, outside of the Camaro ZL1, are far more expensive than the ‘Vette C8 Z51’s expected price tag of around $65,000.

Plenty of reasons to get excited

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There are a lot of reasons to get excited about what the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is capable of, especially once the higher-spec Z06 and ZR1 models arrive.

If the Corvette C8 Z51 managed to post a lap time of 7:29.29 with barely 500 horsepower on tap, what can we expect from the Corvette C8 Z06, which could come with more than 700 horsepower to play it?

Even more exciting is the Corvette C8 ZR1. It’s been rumored that Chevrolet will use a hybrid powertrain on the range-topping Corvette C8 and, more crucially, that hybrid powertrain could produce in excess of 1,000 horsepower. Imagine that. A 1,000-horsepower, straight-from-the-factory Chevrolet Corvette.

Put that model in the Nurburgring and there’s no telling what kind of lap time it’s capable of posting. The Corvette C8 Z51 gave us a taste of what’s to come, and we definitely want to see what the hardcore Corvette C8s are capable of when they arrive.

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: The Drive

Kirby Garlitos
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