Performance figures for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 have been officially released.

Chevrolet says with an optional performance package fitted, its new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, braking from 100km/h-0 in 32.6m, sustaining a cornering force of 1.03 g, and covering the quarter mile in 12 seconds with a final speed of 191.5km/h.

The latest details, which see the Z51 accelerate faster than the new $389,300 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, come less than a month after the official outputs of the new seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette were revealed at 339kW/624Nm standard and 343kW/630Nm with a performance exhaust option installed.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter saidChevrolet set out to elevate every aspect of the car’s performance for the new Stingray.

“Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together.”

With both the $2800 ($3000) Z51 Performance Package fitted and the $1795 ($1900) optional Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management, Chevrolet says the Corvette lapped the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 6.8km ‘Grand Course’ in 2:51.78 – faster than a 2012 Camaro ZL1 coupe.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integrated brake, differential and transmission cooling; and a unique aero package said to further improve high-speed stability.

While the standard 6.2-litre LT1 V8-powered Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the US in September priced from $51,995 ($56,400) – to be followed later in the year by the  Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible – the car maker says a Corvette Stingray specced to match the VIR test car would cost $56,590 ($61,400).




  • Car2013

    David, in your text you state “0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds”; my understanding is that the acceleration of the Stingray is 3.8 sec to 60 mph which is 96.5 km/hr.

    • F1orce

      Usually add 0.3 seconds.

      So it does 0-100 in 4.1 seconds, which that much power is still poor.

      • Karl Sass

        How much time it takes to cover the extra 3.5km/h would depend on how fast it’s accelerating.

        • F1orce

          Yeah true.

      • Nathan

        It’s normally an extra 0.2-0.3 seconds for ordinary cars. With cars like this travelling much faster it’s normally only an extra 0.2, sometimes even a 0.1.

      • Robert Ryan

        Agreed. The build quality is terrible, it is more than the Fibreglass body that makes it look like a Kit car

      • marc

        consider the weight, gearbox calibration, etc. power isnt everything

  • Delirious and conflicted

    12 sec quarters and 343kW/630Nm is weak for a supercar!
    But then again, it’s only $50K. So it’s not fair to call it a supercar.

    But it’s a bloody corvette!!!

    • Nathan

      Its not a Supercar…
      You could possibly call the ZR1 model a cheap supercar, and that has 476kW and 819Nm. I would NOT call that weak. Far more power and torque than most proper supercars costing 200-500k

  • JoeR_AUS

    Last time I drove the Vette, Z06 LS7 a bogan in a Mazda 3 tried to race me off, WTF

    • pro346

      You’ve got a zo6 vette ! Awesome! Makes sense considering the avatar

      • JoeR_AUS

        its gone now, should change the avatar (Corvette racing at Le Mans, on today by the way)

    • Karl Sass

      Probably just wanted you to open the taps :)

    • guest

      Best thing to do in that situation is to accelerate as slowly and quietly as you can. Give them nothing to cheer about – it’ll really annoy those bogan drivers in their Mazda 3s.

    • Phil

      no wonder our car industry is suffering, when bogans are driving the Mazda 3 ;)

    • Mick

      So how did the bogan in the Vette respond? ;)

      • JoeR_AUS

        Just watched as he chirped it into second!

  • F1orce

    The GTR does 2.7 seconds to 100 and it only has a 3.8L V6

    • Air Force 1

      The Suzuki GSX-R1000 does 2.35 seconds to 100 and it is only a 4 cylinder. Your point is?

      • F1orce

        That’s a motorbike. Is it not?

        • gadfg

          and the GTR is a twin turbo, costs twice as much is it not? Glad to see you haven’t lost your sense of perspective F1.

          Also, who’s independent tests have confirmed the GTR at 0-100 in 2.7 secs? All I’ve seen is 3 secs+

          • F1orce

            Nissan claims 2.7 seconds

            Unless they’re lying..

          • hsfgh

            The question was; who’s independent tests have confirmed the GTR at 2.7 secs?

          • hghj

            Motortrend.

          • laposh1

            Motortrend don’t measure 0-100kmh. They do 0-60mph which is 96kmh not 100kmh.

            Their test of the 2013 GTR “Black Edition” (which I believe is the most powerful one so far) shows 2.8 secs to 60mph (96kmh) and 3.6 secs for 70mph (113kmh) which would put the 100kmh at about 3.0 secs.
            Here in Australia, Wheels Magazine has tested last years model and it did 3.5 secs 0-100km/h.

          • hsfgh

            These Vetter figures are lies too.

          • sghj

            Still using F1orce as a shill to look smart? Glad to see you haven’t lost your shamelessness.

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Yeah…you’re right. I’m sure the two turbo chargers and AWD don’t help ;-)

      • F1orce

        This has a gigantic high tech 6.2L, with variable cam timing, direct injection etc.

        GTR doesn’t even have DI

        I highly doubt AWD would yield you anywhere near half a second second at best.

        • Nathan

          Actually in regular cars AWD with a lunch does take about 0.5s off of your 0-100 time. Now with cars making this much torque it would make even more of a difference.
          Doesn’t matter whether you have 300kW or 600kW. If you can’t put it down it’s useless in 0-100. AWD is everything.

        • yotopa

          Well your beloved Lexus LFA which cost almost ten times as much as this Corvette and had a special carbon fibre body and a 412KW engine but only managed 3.7 secs 0-100kmh.

        • DoubleBlue

          “6.2L” it is…..”high tech” it’s NOT.!

    • Phil

      So? By the time you’ve gone through the 6 step process to activate the launch control, that Corvette will be a speck in the distance…

      • F1orce

        Hahaa not really.

        It goes fast enough in any situation.

    • Nathan

      You’re failing to remember that the 3.8L V6 in question is twin-turbocharged.
      Also the GTR has AWD and one of the most insane launch control systems known to man.
      0-100km/h doesn’t mean much around a track.

    • Al Tungupon

      Speak the whole truth; the GT-R has two turbos, launch control and shorter first and second gears to get that magic time. Other supercars will go past it after 100 kph.

  • Phil

    Don’t get the comments re acceleration times, the significant number was the lap time, 2:51.78 is the same as C&D achieved with the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera at VIR, not much behind the ZR1 shod with Pilot Sport Cups. Pretty impressive given it’s the base model with an optional handling pack. Makes me wonder how fast the LS9 powered version will be when it arrives.

    • F1orce

      Who tracks American cars anyway?

      • Nathan

        Um every other week on Australian TV there is American GT track racing featuring American cars such as the Corvette and Camaro. Get your head out of the sand.

      • Phil

        Don’t you ever watch Le Mans? Corvette racing have had 7 class wins since 2001, and could get another this weekend with the C6.R running in the GTE Pro class against 911 GT3′s, 458′s and Vantage V8. The Vipers might be hard to beat though…

  • Sumpguard

    GTR or this? I’ll love to have both thanks while you lot squabble above. Both great cars for different reasons.

    ……..and once you get below 5 seconds for 0-100 it is all just a blur. They are both incredibly quick. I’ve been in a Maserati which is slower than both of these and it will still knock your socks off.

  • marc

    The Vette gets ‘em wet.