What is the Fastest Corvette?

June 1, 2023

The Chevrolet Corvette, or 'Vette as it is more commonly known, has been around for over six decades now and through eight design generations. It's easy to assume that each new generation of the Corvette would be faster than the one that came before it, but that hasn't always been the case. The C7 Z06, for instance, was the fastest production Corvette ever, capable of going from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and getting through the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds. That made it fast enough to beat the C6 ZR1's Nurburgring lap record, but not quite as fast as the 505-horsepower Z07 Carbon Edition that was produced only in limited numbers.

This brings us to the current top dog and the fastest Corvette that has ever rolled off of GM's production line, the 2019 ZR1. With 755 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 6.2-liter V8, the ZR1 is easily fast enough to beat many European supercars, such as the Koenigsegg Jesko (US$3.4M), Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, and BMW M8 Competition, and it does so in a car that is surprisingly livable thanks to its hybrid electric drivetrain that only activates at low speeds when you need extra traction for highway cruising.

Before any enthusiasts go crazy, we want to make it clear that this list is only looking at the fastest production Corvettes ever and excludes models built for the track or tweaked by tuning companies. Also, we're only considering the two-seater versions of the Corvette on this list since those are the models that are most popular for street use.


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