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Watch the Corvette ZR1 Go Faster Than Its Official Top Speed

Road & Track logo Road & Track 8/13/2020 Brian Silvestro
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Chevrolet claims the C7-generation Corvette ZR1 can achieve a top speed of 212 mph. Considering its powerplant—a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 making 755 horsepower—that makes sense. It turns out the ZR1's actual top speed, though, is even higher.

The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, a high-speed testing facility in Merritt Island, Florida, managed to get ahold of a stock 2019 ZR1 for a recent top speed test. The car in question is paired to the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and, more importantly, is specced with the standard low-downforce aero setup, rather than the optional maximum attack, high-wing bodykit. This means less downforce overall, and less straight-line drag—perfect for big mph numbers.

a man driving a car: Chevy says the ZR1 can go 212 mph. In this top speed test, it goes even faster. © Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds - YouTube Chevy says the ZR1 can go 212 mph. In this top speed test, it goes even faster.

Over a 2.7-mile straightaway, the Corvette is able to achieve a top speed of 214 mph—two mph faster than Chevy itself claims the car can go. Any car that can break the 200-mph is impressive, but 214? That's knocking on the door of hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.

The ZR1's brutish speed is just one reason why we named it our Performance Car of the Year in 2019.


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