This C7 Vs C8 Corvette Drag Race Won't Shock Anyone

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But we can think of one that'd be far more interesting.

There's something about this 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs C7 drag race you need to know before watching: it's not exactly a fair fight. The reason why is very simple. The C8 in question is the exact same one recently upgraded by Hennessey Performance with an aftermarket stainless steel exhaust, lightweight wheels, and Hoosier race tires. The C7? Bone stock. There really is no comparison here because the victor was clearly decided beforehand. Bear in mind this C8 isn't the twin-turbo conversion Hennessey is also working on; that will be aimed squarely at the likes of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo.

Now, that all being said, it's also important to point out that even stock C7 vs. C8 drag race isn't exactly a fair fight either. The reason being is that the C8 produces a total of 490 horsepower over the C7's impressive but still not enough 450 hp.

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Another vital factor: the C8 benefits from having a fast-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of its predecessor's seven-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. But there is still one crucial area where the C7 has the vantage: weight. The base C7 tips the scale at 3,347 pounds while the C8 is a plumper 3,647 pounds. That 300-pound difference can make a difference and even with Hennessey's latest modifications the C8 is still heavier.

Despite a bone stock C7 vs. C8 drag race not likely to have an interesting result, a C8 vs. C7 Z06 certainly could.

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Hennessey Performance/YouTube
Hennessey Performance/YouTube

Keeping them both free from modifications would truly test the first-ever mid-engine Corvette's capabilities over its highly regarded track-focused and supercharged V8 competitor. The C7 Corvette Z06 has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 2.95 seconds and a quarter-mile clocked at 10.95 seconds. The C8, meanwhile, does those deeds in 2.8 seconds and 11.2 seconds, respectively.

Given just how close those times are, the C7 Z06 is a far better competitor for the C8 Stingray, at least when both are totally stock.

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