A quarter mile in 12.0 seconds. At 119 mph.
Sixty to zero in just 107 feet.
What would you pay for that? Six figures, right? They’re almost Porsche 911 Turbo numbers, after all.
But next year, you’ll be able to get that kind of performance for less than $55k. Chevrolet today announced performance numbers for the middle model of its next Corvette. The Z51 – not quite the stock ‘Vette, but a long step down from the ZR1 we’re all waiting for — will retail for $54,795, and accelerate from a standstill faster than the $198,000 Ferrari California.
GM claims that the Z51 lapped Virginia International Raceway’s grand course in 2 minutes, 45 seconds, 78 one-hundredths of a second. To put that in perspective, Car and Driver once lapped the same course in a 2012 Lexus LFA in 2:55.1. The LFA, a limited edition, runs about $400k.
The ‘Vette that made the run wasn’t quite a stock Z51. It had a racing seat, a five point harness and a fire extinguisher system adding weight, and the optional Magnetic Ride Control.
These numbers, we’d like to point out, are not far off from what last year’s top-of-the-Corvette-line ZR1 could do. That car was one of the best values in the sports car world, posting Ferrari-like numbers for about half the price. The next ZR1 has to outperform the last one to be worth the money. We can’t wait to see what it can do.