America’s supercar, the Corvette ZR1, will do 0-60 in just 2.85 seconds. That’s faster than a Lamborghini Aventador, and you will be able to get one for much less than supercar money.
The new ZR1 boasts a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that packs a solid 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, and will be able to reach speeds of up to 210 mph. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 made its debut at the Dubai Motor Show back in November 2017 and while official numbers have not been released, Corvette product manager, Harlan Charles, revealed the figures at a recent endurance motor show.
At this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, Charles spoke about the numbers behind the upcoming Corvette halo car. Confirmed by CorvetteBlogger, Charles has said the ZR1 will do 0-60 in 2.85 seconds, 0-100 in 6, and the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds!
In comparison, the previous generation C6 ZR1 did 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.
— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) November 12, 2017
It’s all about the money
The new Corvette ZR1 will have a base MSRP of USD$121,000. I played around with Chevy’s ‘Build & Price’ tool and got my ZR1 optioned up with performance bucket seats ($1995), red brake calipers ($595), Sat Nav and data recorder ($1795), red seat belts (why not?, $395), and a personalized plaque (might as well, $200). The total price for it came to a reasonable-for-a-supercar USD$127,000.
How does that stack up against some of the current supercar heavyweights? Well in comparison to the Lamborghini Huracan and the McLaren 720s, you really can’t go past the Corvette in terms of value for money. You’re looking at more power, a very close 0-60 time, and perhaps a little more subtlety (at least in that price bracket).
Let’s take a look at some of these numbers.
Surely I am not alone for thinking that while you will get a few more head turns if you’re driving a McLaren or a Lamborghini, a sane individual will see the Corvette as the true value supercar? The cost of service and maintenance will surely be less. Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps those who do buy supercars only see supercars with lavish European names on them.
Here is the video of Harlan Charles giving the Corvette ZR1 a brief kick in the guts at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Sounds great doesn’t it? That’s the sound of supercar savings.