• Oct 22, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of Corvette ZR1 burnout

When we got behind the wheel of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1, we were pleasantly stunned at the raw, violent pull exhibited by the 3,364-lb supercar. Motor Trend was equally impressed during a recent trip to Chrysler's Arizona proving grounds where they brought their considerable testing equipment along to add their own cold hard stats to a growing list of platitudes.

Motor Trend tested the ZR1 at the Chrysler Proving Grounds because its 5-mile loop is one of the few places that has the space to test the ZR1's top speed. The mag was able to crest 200 wind-adjusted mph, and MT computers showed that the ZR1 was still pulling when that magical number was achieved. Hitting 200 mph puts anything on four wheels in the supercar club, and a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds ranks the ZR1 near the top of any exclusive car club. MT testers also needed only 11.2 seconds to travel a quarter mile and crossed the magic line at 130.5 mph, which they point out is 6.1 mph faster than the Dodge Viper.

Car and Driver was the first to test the ZR1 and posted slightly slower 0-60 and quarter mile times of 3.4 and 11.5 seconds, respectively. Other impressive stats from MT, however, include a 60-0 brake distance of just 97 feet and max lateral acceleration of 1.1 g, which easily bests the Viper's .99. It would seem then that Motor Trend's results confirm what we already knew: 638-hp Corvettes are very fast.


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Burnout gallery? Come on, it takes like 100hp to do burnouts with a manual. I'm not saying it's not fun to do, or that I am a snob, I'm just saying that I'd much rather see the ZR1 completely loading the suspension coming around a turn then something any RWD car with decent power can do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        or great brakes!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you saying my '77 Firebird 305ci V8 had less than 100hp?

        Because unless the pavement was wet, it could not overpower the brakes.

        Not even a peg leg.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the immortal words of Bud Bundy

      "yum yum give me some"

      • 6 Years Ago
      Impressive, yes. But wasn't the Z06 tested by a few of the rags to run an 11.5 quarter mile? And I understand the 3.3 sec 0-60 (compared to the Z06's 3.7 sec) which means the ZR-1 should be ahead of the Z06 by a good bit more than the initial 0.4 sec advantage (instead of being 11.5 - 11.2 = 0.3 sec ahead total for the quarter, it should be ahead 0.6-0.7 sec ahead easy).

      And yes, I understand the higher trap speed of the ZR-1. I don't need a hp lesson by a couch racer, just an actual explanation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MT has tested the Z06 at 3.5 seconds before at optimal conditions. The a/4 was an 11.5 or 11.6 I believe at 126 mph. When the Z06 is driven properly, it can be super quick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Test results will vary. One day you get a better driver and he's willing to risk the transmission in order to get the best time. Next day you get someone else and are told to be careful with it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog keep articles like this coming! i think people are having a hard time getting over that the corvette can, and is beating all of the cars they have ever dreamed about having. i cant wait till Top-Gear gets this car. and for the ACR viper comments that keep coming up. the ACR is a race car. it has race tires. no carpet. no radio or sound deadening.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't the ACR and the ZR1 come with Michelin Pilot Sport Cups?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most of the magazines have the Z06 at 11.7 @ 123 ish.

        All the mags standardize their tests, but there have been owners who have gotten bone stock Z06's to run 10's in very favorable weather conditions.

        It will be interesting to see what owners run in identical favorable conditions with an extra 133 HP.

      • 6 Years Ago
      So what will Porsche's response to this be?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course it impresses, Corvettes never disappoint! The new Toyota "prissy @ss"? Ooooh, sounds sexy! When's it coming out? Can we have more Yaris coverage?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No. They did in the 70s when the 350 produced less power than my 94 Regal with a 3.8L.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this editor gets the TBZ captain obvious award 2009.

      "we were pleasantly stunned at the raw, violent pull exhibited by the 3,364-lb supercar."

      what did you expect? to be smooth as a LS600h?!

      "results confirm what we already knew: 638-hp Corvettes are very fast."

      That's odd i thought a Prius was faster than the ZR-1 thanks for the reassurance.

      "0-60 time of 3.3 seconds ranks the ZR1 near the top of any exclusive car club."

      but still behind the $30K cheaper 4 seater Nissan GT-R with 3.2 0-60 as tested by motortrend.

      the zr1 is a great car but the shill weasel remarks by the editor is terrible
        • 6 Years Ago
        I completely agree with montoym :)
        The ultra-low speed gearing of the DCT along with AWD help the GT-R equal the 0-60 time of the Z06...

        altough I highly doubt that the 3.2s time that some of the early examples were achieving were done with a completely stock vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL, good one.

        But, I'm not terribly surprised that an AWD vehicle is able to put more power to the ground at launch than a 600+hp RWD vehicle.

        Additionally, the GT-R is aimed towards acceleration anyhow, once the speeds climb, it's dominance fades quickly.

        Look at the recent test that Motor Trend did between the GT-R, Z06, and 911 Turbo. All 3 have similar power with the Z06 being the only RWD vehicle.

        All 3 did 0-60 in 3.4sec, but as speeds climbed, the GT-R fell back. By 120mph, the GT-R was 2sec behind the Z06 and 1.2sec behind the 911. At 120mph, 2sec is a lot. At 120mph, you are travelling 2miles/minute which comes to 176ft/sec. So, the GT-R is roughly a football field length behind the Z06 in a race to 120mph despite having the same 0-60 time.

        Data pulled from here: http://www.roadandtrack.com/assets/download/0508_ct_GTRZ06911_chart.pdf
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that warranty voiding 3.3 sec or 10 times limit 3.3 sec?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Odd...MT is usually slower than C&D...and more boring to read.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tables are turned I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      O__o

      prepare to warp!

      wow.
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