Lest we forget: the C7 Corvette ZR1 was a beast.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - GM's super-high-performance send-off for the previous C7-generation Corvette - is an awesome machine. Its 6.2L LT5 small-block V8 is supercharged to 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque from the factory, which is channeled to the rear wheels by a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic or 7-speed manual transmission.
That's enough grunt to propel the ZR1 to a top speed nearing 215 mph, despite the drag introduced by its bevy of downforce-enhancing aerodynamic aids.
It's the sort of car that's so potent, it's almost as at-home in the standing mile as it is on a road course. If you need proof, just watch the video below.
The video shows a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 rocketing through the standing mile at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. This is an excellent place for such a test because it's about as close to a laboratory setting as can be found on planet earth; the track's elevation above sea level is just 8.3 feet, and on the occasion of this drive, the ambient temperature was 74°F. That's basically room temperature.
In those conditions, the ZR1 in this video reached a peak speed of 191 mph in the standing mile, which is all sorts of impressive.
The top-performing C7 ZR1 was built for a single model year - 2019 - as GM readied the C8 Corvette for its 2020 model year launch, making the 755-hp super sports car something of an automotive rarity. We're just thrilled GM bothered to build it at all. Sure, it doesn't have quite as much power as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye or the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but neither of those cars has the Vette's low-slung sports car athleticism, nor its comparatively low 3,669-lb curb weight.
We can't wait to see what Chevrolet cooks up for the upcoming C8 ZR1.