Make a list of production cars that can hit more than 190 mph in a standing mile, let alone their top speed. Now shorten that list by price – say – under half a million dollars, and where does that leave you? Probably with a very short list, but at least you’ll know that the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can do it for arguably half the price of most exotic cars on the market today.
But that has always been one of the Corvette’s greatest attributes, hasn’t it? Besting cars which are more than twice the price in domestic-fashion is the name of its game, and the 2019 Corvette ZR1 does it well. In the video above, we have the privilege of watching a bone-stock (with the exception of its factory carbon fiber rear wing removed) 2019 ZR1 hit more than 190 mph in the standing mile.
Certainly, the Corvette’s favorable aerodynamics play a large role in its standing-mile accomplishment, but having a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, good for more than 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque under its hood doesn’t hurt either. Coupled with a seven-speed manual transmission – or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission – allows the Corvette ZR1 to reach a top speed of more than 212 mph.
Boasting more than 755 horsepower, and a 200-plus mph top speed, is just a few of many reasons why the 2019 Corvette ZR1 impresses us; but what we like most about its prowess is its versatility. The ZR1 wasn’t designed to just hit a certain top speed, run a certain quarter-mile e.t. or accelerate to 0-60 in a particular time; it was designed to do all of that, and much more.