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Today’s article is all about “top speed”. In order to celebrate the upcoming release of the latest Corvette 2017 model, set to hit the auto market sometime this summer, we’ve decided to take a look at a small hall of fame. As the title might have given away, our hall of fame is focused on some of the fastest powerhouses in the line-up of super-cars released by Chevrolet under the label Corvette.
The website Top Speed has been consistently putting out coherent and thorough reviews, not only of Corvettes, but of a variety of other “breeds” of cars and companies. By sourcing some of their writings, going through the ideas they offered, and the analysis they’ve concluded, we’ve decided that it’s now time for us to be on our merry way on the way to find out the queen of speed.
A little note of disclaimer – we won’t be counting any model released after 2016, respectively the new C7 generation of cars due to be released this summer. There’s already an array of models to pick from. Remember, the main theme of the article is top speed. Consider getting a Corvette or consider paying a visit to the website.
#1 2016 Corvette Z06 Top Speed
It’s only natural for the latest car to also be the fastest. Speed boosts tend to go hand-in-hand with technological developments, so there isn’t really a surprise that the powerhouse that’s the Z06 can cut through the air like a butter knife with a sharp edge.
Easily the fastest Corvette and the fastest production car that’s ever left the compound of the General Motors production lines, the Z06 flaunts an overwhelming 650 horsepower engine that allows it to accelerate up to the top speed of 200 mph.
#2 2013 Corvette ZR1 Top Speed
The speed monster that was the 2013 ZR1 was a master of superlatives. Even though it didn’t exactly manage to snatch the title as the fastest Corvette from underneath the Z06’s nose, it did come close. Moreover, to think that it managed to stand its ground in the face of the drainage of time and continue to dominate the speed lane three years later – that’s an impressive accomplishment.
Numbers speak for themselves when explaining why the ZR1 is where it is. It rocks out a 6.2-liter V8 which roars with 638-horsepower levels of intimidating. Those who tested it out claimed that the acceleration can stop at as much as 205 mph and it could blast its way across a quarter-mile in under 12 seconds.
#3 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition Top Speed
The Carbon Edition was released as a variant to the sixth generation Z06 model. Released in 2011, it held the record books of Corvettes for quite a few years until the release of the ZR1 from 2013 stole its spotlight. Its turbo speed spawned from the 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V8 engine hidden under its hood.
When you come to think about it, you might be tempted to wonder how exactly did a 505-hp engine manage to break the top three on the list, especially given some of the more noteworthy achievements of its counterparts. For its construction, the designers used an ingenious system of weight distribution that made it slightly lighter and gave it wings on the race track.
#4 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition Top Speed
Corvette’s sixth generation gave us many memorable names to hang on the walls of our hall of fame and the Championship Edition was one thing. Never actually released commercially, the reason behind its absence on the regular list of sales was the fact that it was released as a one-time special supposed to celebrate Corvette’s GT1 racing program.
Just like several other entries on this list, the Championship Edition GT1 was backed up by the 7.0-liter V8 engine that truly contributed to its vicious bite on the road. Another remarkable achievement is that testers confirmed that it was able to blast to 60 miles in less than 4 seconds.
#5 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition Top Speed
We’re sort of starting to spot a trend here in this list of Corvette top speed options. Like some of the other entries topping this list, the Centennial Edition was a one-timer released as a means to celebrate the long-lived decades of automobiles released as Corvettes.
It caused a lot of ruckus in the media, with many people eager to see the big deal. When it finally came out in 2012, the Z06 was released as a limited edition that had annexed to it a price worthy of years’ worth of savings. As for the technicalities, we’re not getting rid of the 7.0-liter V8 present on so many other models.
#6 Corvette 427 Top Speed
When the 427 was released in 2013, it came head to head with the Grand Sport that exited factory gates on the same year. It managed to steal the Grand Sport’s thunder just a little, especially when it comes to the acceleration power and just how fast its wheels can turn on the highways. If you’re looking for a car which can really exhilarate you when it comes to the speed it can achieve on a clear highway, this Corvette top speed model should be your top choice.
Part of the sixth Corvette generation that already gave us so many memorable models with a lot of power behind them, the 427 was released as a celebratory edition. Through it, Chevrolet marked a 60-year anniversary since the first Corvettes were showcased in 1953 at Waldorf-Astoria and paved the way for America’s sports car.
#7 Corvette Stingray Top Speed
Or, more specifically, the Z51 Stingray. Pretty much the only entry on the list to be part of the latest seventh generation, its release in 2014 was represented by the revival of the Stinger moniker. The design and engineering combo of the 2014 Stingray confirmed why Corvettes have been leaders among super-cars for decades now and managed to restore the brand to its former glory.
The performance stats are only here to confirm its presence in this top, with the Z51 Stingray being able to destroy roads with its 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a top speed of 190 miles per hour.