• Apr 10, 2008
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Leading up to the official reveal of the Corvette ZR-1, a rare week went by when we didn't see spy shots of the General's new super coupe eating up the Nurburgring. But still images don't tell the whole tale, so InsideLine sent its spies to the North Loop with a video camera to capture an uncloaked ZR-1 making the rounds on the 'Ring. According to the men behind the lens, they were able to clock the 620 hp, supercharged 'Vette running laps "in the low 7:40s," easily within reach of supercars costing substantially more than the ZR-1's estimated $100k price tag. But what about the elephant on the 'Ring in the room? The Nissan GT-R V-Spec.

As reported earlier this week, spies caught the GT-R V-Spec lapping the Nordschleife, and with stopwatches at the ready, they were able to time Godzilla's lightweight (by an estimated 330 pounds), more powerful (70 hp or so) sibling at an unbelievable 7:25 per lap. According to the crew that crudely timed the ZR-1, the track was damp, so that 7:40 time could easily be improved by at least four or five seconds. But that's still a long way off.

Obviously, both lap times should be taken with a grain of salt considering the less-than-accurate way in which they were captured, but that won't stop the smack-talk. Keep it civil folks.




[Source: InsideLine]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Those lap times have no use to the typical buyer, you're buying into the brand not the lap time of the car.
      That said, I'd much rather take the GT-R, although I'll never own either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      give me either...my time will be about 0.39, about the time it'd take me to lose my mind and with the idea i'm behind the wheel of a GT-R V-Spec or Vette ZR1 and probably wreck it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's why I think this whole story was designed to stir up the gear head community.

      Number one, if the photographers had a stopwatch handy to record the time of the ZR1, why no pictures? Ah.. you say there is a picture at the top. However, it's very clear that picture was not taken at the Ring. To race, or even run at the Ring, it is required that all drivers and passengers be waring a helmet, and the driver in that picture clearly is not.

      Second, they talked about the GTR being faster throughout the entire article, rather than discussing the "slow" time of the ZR1.

      Folks, I guarantee the ZR1 will run at least 7:35. The photographers claims were designed to cause trouble amongst gear heads.. plain and simple.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can foresee a great Top Gear episode in the future...
      GT-R V spec Vs. Corvette ZR1... Stig laps The Ring with both.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *Convenient

      Spell check FTW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      7:25 is a stinking fast time. I gotta think that +70HP is very conservative.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's where Nissan's design department should be reprimanded and fired. Despite better track times, people will still buy Chevy because it looks so much better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You make me laugh. In Europe, and Asia, the Corvette is seen as extremely tacky. Need I refer you to Top Gear? I dont know if your view is confined to just yourself, or others in the US aswell, but the corvette is by no means an attractive car. It's almost a straight wedge shape with a roof tacked on and the lights are an afterthought.

        The GTR isnt necessarily pretty either, but it is unorthodox and has actual features that define the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Tony, howz dat pinkie ring doin'?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but if a lap time all the way in Germany has any weight in your descision as to what car is the one for you, then your priorities are a little out of whack.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let me guess, ur one of them folks that said ZR1 will smack the gtr v-spec?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont know if autoblog forgot to mention that the skyline- Victory-spec beat the pagani zonda F by 2.82 secs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to sound the arse, here, but, with respect to Europeans/Jeremy Clarkson thinking American cars are rubbish, I submit that it's just jealously that we can purchase such powerful cars for such reasonable prices.

      The 'Vette is considerably more expensive to purchase in Britain than in the U.S., for example.

      Secondly, it was pretty obvious from the video of the ZR-1 that, yes, the track was damp, but also, it was easy to see that the driver was unable to really put the power down until the car was most of the way through the corner. Furthermore, he/she had some pretty slow shifts there, as well.

      To be fair, these are both things at which the GT-R excels (i.e. handling in wet and perfect shifting), but do any of you GT-R-lovers (and I really admire the car, too) think that, on a dry track, with a good driver, the GT-R would have a chance against a car that's lighter and has more power?

      This is basic physics, folks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would Clarkson care about car prices? The guy earns millions of dollars a year, he swaps one supercar for another every 6 months. I highly doubt he cries himself to sleep at night thinking of how much a Corvette costs.

        Oh and the GT-R has already smacked the Z06 by 5 seconds on a dry, American track with a good, American driver. There's a much greater weight difference between the GT-R and Z06 than the V-Spec and ZR1 as well. It's not just simple physics, it's good engineering as well.

        Anyone would struggle with putting the power down on a ZR1 as well regardless of how dry the track is. The Z06 is already massively handicapped by how unstable the rear end is during cornering, and now it's getting more power making the problem even worse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Re Clarkson: well, when you have a show with millions of viewers, if you're a presenter/show-writer with any sense whatsoever, you cater to your audience. My point was that it seems that Clarkson and, by extension, Top Gear's audience/European automotive aficionados tend to sound like they're jealous that Americans can buy ~400hp for ~$40k, whereas they're stuck paying double for that kind of power.

        Wow. You sure seem to know a lot about the GT-R and 'Vette. Surely you must have driven them both extensively or own them to be making such claims like the 'Vette being so unstable in corners and the ZR-1 is even worse. And that it struggles to put the power down even on a dry track? Almost sounds as if you're were an engineer on the ZR-1 project to know that much.

        Guess you're forgetting the ZR-1 has larger, stickier tires than the Z06 as well as taller gearing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      stupid question... does the ZR1 have leaf springs ???
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