Who doesn't get excited for fast Corvettes.
When Chevrolet introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1 late last year the automaker estimated that the car would do 212 miles per hour. Now the automaker has proven it. While in Germany turning laps at the Nurburgring, Chevy decided to trundle 4 hours north to Automotive Testing Papenburg. ATP is one of the largest automotive proving grounds in the world and features an absurdly long top-speed loop, the perfect place to find the 755-horsepower ZR1’s maximum velocity.
To set an official time at Papenburg, a car must run in two directions, both with the wind, and against it. Running in seventh gear at around 5,400 rpm, the ZR1’s first run clocks in at 214.88 mph. Now running into the wind, the second pass is a noticeably slower 210.20 mph at 5,300 rpm in seventh gear.
Shot from the edge of the track as the car flies by imparts a tangible sense of just how fast 212 mph actually is. You’ll also notice that team Corvette used a ZR1 with the standard wing setup instead of the high mounted wing that’s part of the optional ZTK Performance Pack. Allegedly the high wing sucks 10 mph form the car’s overall top speed due to increased drag. It’s possible the ZR1 could go faster on a flat enough stretch of road and favorable wind conditions, but there’s really not much on the table as Chevy limits the ZR1’s top speed to 215 mph anyways.
If you’re one of those people who revel in the bacchanalia of arguing over the Vmax of your favorite supercars, then great, but the speed run also demonstrates just how effortless the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 LT5 doles out it’s 715 pound-feet of brutality capable torque, propelling it to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.