Is the car as fast as people hoped it would be?
Ever since the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was released, people have been obsessing over its performance stats. It is powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 producing 495 hp going out through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels and with the Z51 Performance Package, the car will hit 60 mph in under three seconds. And based on leaked information, the car will run the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds.
But 0-60 and quarter-mile time are not the only effective measurements of a car's performance. Some people will want to know how fast the Corvette laps a race track. Muscle Cars & Trucks says it has obtained exclusive information about the C8 Corvette's lap time at the most important track in the world, the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
MC&T says the C8 'Vette (with the Z51 Package) ran an unpublished time of 7:28.30 at the world-famous Green Hell. So, how does this stack up against the previous model? Well, Chevy never released any official lap times for the C7 generation car because poor weather or car issues ruined every run the automaker attempted. Retired test drive Jim Mero did post some unofficial lap times he set in the car, which we can use to draw a rough comparison.
Mero said the base Z51 Package C7 set a time of 7:33, so the new car is considerably faster. But the base C8 can not match the faster versions of the C7, which set lap times of 7:27 for the Grand Sport, 7:10 for the Z06, and 7:04 for the ZR1. It is also worth noting the new C8 is slower than the C6 ZR1, which managed to set a time of 7:19.63.
If this time is accurate, the C8 Corvette is quicker than the 992 generation Porsche 911 Carrera S, which set a time of 7:30.4. Of course, Chevy will also release faster, track-focused versions of the C8, including a new Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1, some of which are even rumored to incorporate hybrid drivetrains.
The exciting part about the C8 Corvette is that it will only get faster from here. And again, for the money, there's not much out there that can compete around the road course.