212mph ZR1 (officially) the quickest Corvette ever


The last time we saw the Corvette ZR1 it was merrily shredding the Ford GT's laptime at the Virginia International Raceway. Now Chevrolet has the car in Germany, at the proving ground in Papenburg. Why? Well, because there's a 12.3km high speed oval there - which is ideal for authenticating the top speed of your 755hp supercar.

Of course the manufacturer has described the ZR1 as a 210mph car since its launch and while no-one ever had a reason to question that number (did we mention it's got 715lb ft of torque, as well?) clearly someone decided it was time to see what the two-run average actually was for 'The King'.

And guess what? It's pretty high, hitting a wind-assisted 214.88mph heading south and then 210.20 going north. According to its maker, the 212mph average makes it the fastest production Corvette ever, and is in fact the same top speed claimed for the 720S by McLaren.

No word from Chevrolet regarding the test car's precise spec (although clearly it's the automatic version rather than the seven-speed manual) but no matter. We'll assume the ZR1 was in vaguely off-the-shelf condition. We'll assume too that the surface of Papenburg's oval is very well laid because 212mph at Bruntingthorpe would surely not look quite so serene...

 

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  • Burwood 3 days ago

    110mph at 2400 rpm. Mashes the pedal and hits 150 in 7 sec. Shame no RHD

  • Alpinestars 3 days ago

    Would love one of these. Ditto re RHD.

  • unsprung 3 days ago

    fabulous video

    sadly, the ZR1 won't be sold at all in Europe -- those EU specifications for pedestrian impact

    and unfortunately production in RHD would be a failure; read further if you've got insomnia

    =


    in the most generous scenario UK punters might buy, say, 20 units

    this 212mph ZR1 will retail for $120,000 in its domestic market; that's a 50 percent increase over the Z06 -- say it with me wink : zee oh six

    in Europe* 138 units of the Z06 were sold for model year 2017 (and, by the way, the US figure was 6,272)

    the preceding figure is but 31 percent of "regular" Corvettes sold in Europe for 2017 (total Stingray + Grand Sport was 444 units); the equivalent US figure, by the way, was 23,285

    if this "step down" rate of 31 percent will be merely sustained for the new ZR1 (ie: 138 units of the Z06 x 0.31), we are left with a sales projection of 43 units of the ZR1 sold in all of Europe



    *in this definition, Europe includes the UK; GM published no separate figures by EU/European country






    Edited by unsprung on Thursday 14th June 21:01

  • bullittmcqueen 3 days ago

    unsprung said:
    fabulous video

    sadly, the ZR1 won't be sold at all in Europe -- those EU specifications for pedestrian impact

    and unfortunately production in RHD would be a failure; read further if you've got insomnia

    =


    in the most generous scenario UK punters might buy, say, 20 units

    this 212mph ZR1 will retail for $120,000 in its domestic market; that's a 50 percent increase over the Z06 -- say it with me wink : zee oh six

    in Europe* 138 units of the Z06 were sold for model year 2017 (and, by the way, the US figure was 6,272)

    the preceding figure is but 31 percent of "regular" Corvettes sold in Europe for 2017 (total Stingray + Grand Sport was 444 units); the equivalent US figure, by the way, was 23,285

    if this "step down" rate of 31 percent will be merely sustained for the new ZR1 (ie: 138 units of the Z06 x 0.31), we are left with a sales projection of 43 units of the ZR1 sold in all of Europe



    *in this definition, Europe includes the UK; GM published no separate figures by EU/European country






    Edited by unsprung on Thursday 14th June 21:01
    Cool run down of numbers, thx. Almost scary, one has to be grateful for each and every one sold. These things are a dying breed.

    But can confirm this. Have seen all in all 2 (two) C7 so far. Oth, i am seeing shiploads of Mustangs rumbling around.




  • Mogul 3 days ago

    Burwood said:
    110mph at 2400 rpm. Mashes the pedal and hits 150 in 7 sec. Shame no RHD
    You missed the bit about dropping form 8th to 4th, but still mighty impressive! smokin

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