10 Fastest Corvettes in the World, Ranked
These incredibly fast Corvettes will leave European supercars in the dust!
By Martin Peter on August, 30,2023
The legendary Chevrolet Corvette needs no introduction at all. Introduced over seven decades ago, the Corvette has been a symbol of American automotive prowess thanks to its superb design, jaw-dropping performance, and the fact that it always offers more value for money than similar European sports cars.
One key reason why the Corvette is one of the longest-running sports car nameplates in history is the fact that it's always pushing the boundaries and raising the bar higher with every new generation.
The Corvette has always been a trailblazer, never afraid to evolve its design and engineering to move along with the times. With constant updates and the introduction of new generations, the Corvette family has grown with more sophisticated technology, and performance has gradually improved to earn it a place among the quickest and most powerful sports cars on the market. So, without further ado, let's explore some of the fastest versions of the Corvette ever made.
10/10 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
- Top Speed: 180 mph
- 0-60: 2.5 seconds
As the world tries to fix the climate change problem, the auto industry is seeing a huge shift towards electrification. Many top automakers already have EVs in their lineups and are working towards electrification of their entire lineups. This is why, for the first time, Chevy is building an electrified version of the Corvette.
Dubbed the E-Ray, this superb Corvette will debut in 2024 and will be among the fastest hybrids on the market thanks to a 655-hp drivetrain made up of a 6.2-liter V8 paired with one electric motor. A claimed top speed of 180 mph is lower than some Corvettes we've left out of this list - such as the 2013 Corvette 427, which tops out at 190 mph - but a lightning-quick 2.5-second 0-60 time makes the E-Ray the fastest-accelerating Corvette ever. We just couldn't leave it out!
9/10 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8)
- Top Speed: 194 mph
- 0-60: 3.0 seconds
Since its debut in 1953, the Corvette always had its engine in the front. That all changed in 2020 with the introduction of the eighth-generation model, which adopted a mid-engined layout for the first time.
This layout shift was quite controversial at first, but it turned out to be a great move as many gearheads now consider the C8 to be the best Corvette generation ever - the first one to properly give the Europeans a proper run for their money. At the heart of the C8 Stingray is a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 dishing out 490 ponies, giving it insane performance.
8/10 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C8)
- Top Speed: 195 mph
- 0-60: 2.6 seconds
The Z06 is the first high-performance version of the C8 Corvette. Unveiled in 2021, the Z06 elevated the C8 Corvette to a whole new level and placed it in supercar territory. To the untrained eye, there's not a lot of difference between the regular Stingray and the Z06. However, that couldn't be further from the truth as the Z06 is like a whole new car.
For one, the Z06 has a new 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 cranking out 670 hp, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8 ever. Other upgrades include larger performance wheels and tires, a front splitter, a rear spoiler, and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with a shorter final drive ratio than the Stingray.
7/10 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C7)
- Top Speed: 196 mph
- 0-60: 3.5 seconds
When Chevy unveiled the Z06 version of the C7 Corvette at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, every gearhead was eager to see how it would perform. The Z06 exceeded everyone's expectations immediately.
The Z06 had several modifications to its body, including a front splitter, a carbon fiber hood, a removable carbon fiber roof panel, a larger rear wing, and more. Under the Z06's hood lived a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 650 hp, giving it great performance.
6/10 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition (C6)
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- Top Speed: 198 mph
- 0-60: 3.7 seconds
One of the greatest achievements an American automaker can have is when one of its sports cars gets to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2011, Chevy decided to celebrate its first participation at Le Mans in 1960 with a special version of the C6 called the Z06 Carbon edition.
This special 'Vette had an upgraded V8 engine making 505 hp and other improvements that made it a beast. With only 252 examples built, the Z06 Carbon Edition is one of the most collectible modern Corvettes.
5/10 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6)
- Top Speed: 199 mph
- 0-60: 4.1 seconds
Barely a year after the debut of the sixth-generation Corvette, Chevy went back to the drawing board and built a homologation model adopting the Z06 name. The Z06 was the lightest of all C6 Corvette models and was equipped with the largest-displacement small-block V8 engine ever - a 7.0-liter unit generating 505 hp.
Extensive aluminum and carbon fiber use kept the weight down to just over 3,000 pounds, allowing the Z06 to top out at 199 mph.
4/10 2009 Chevrolet Corvette GT1 Championship Edition (C6)
- Top Speed: 200 mph
- 0-60: 3.7 seconds
After a successful campaign by the Corvette C6.R at the ALMS GT1 class in 2009, Chevy decided to celebrate with a special version of the C6 Corvette, resulting in the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition. The GT1 Championship Edition was based on either the 4LT or Z06 but had a unique paint job that made it stand out.
Under the hood was the same 505-hp V8 as the Z06, enough to give the GT1 Championship Edition a top speed of 200 mph. It's no surprise that many include it on the list of the coolest special edition Corvettes ever.
3/10 2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6)
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- Top Speed: 205 mph
- 0-60: 3.4 seconds
For some reason, Chevy didn't build a ZR1 version of the C5 Corvette as it had done for the C4 in the late '80s. So for the C6 generation, Chevy wanted to make sure that the ZR1 was a winner.
Thankfully, the ZR1 didn't disappoint as it had a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 serving up 638 hp. A test at the German autobahn revealed that the C6 ZR1 had a top speed of 192 mph, but Chevrolet claimed that it could reach top speeds of up to 205 mph.
2/10 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C7)
- Top Speed: 215 mph
- 0-60: 3.0 seconds
Before the next car on our list debuts in a couple of years, the current king of speed in the Corvette family is none other than the 2019 ZR1 - the final and most extreme version of the C7 Corvette. The ZR1 used the C7 Z06 platform but had many notable changes that turned it into an absolute beast.
For starters, the ZR1 had an all-new 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making a crazy 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. The ZR1 also had many body modifications to improve cooling including a larger intercooler, four extra radiators, and large vents in the hood and front bumper. Chevy also equipped the ZR1 with an Aero package developed in wind tunnels, ensuring it could handle the insane power perfectly. With a top speed of 215 mph, the ZR1 is among the fastest American cars ever.
1/10 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C8)
- Top Speed: 220 + mph
- 0-60: 2.5 seconds
The aforementioned C8 Z06 has been a huge success since its debut and is considered by many to be the Corvette that comes closest to the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world in terms of looks and performance. If you thought the Z06 couldn't get any better, think again as it's about to be upstaged by the C8 ZR1 when it debuts in 2025.
The ZR1 will essentially be a heavily-upgraded Z06. It'll likely come with the same 5.5-liter V8 as the Z06, but Chevy will add a pair of turbochargers to bring the ZR1's output to over 800 hp. A unique aerodynamic package will ensure drivers can handle this insane power with ease, allowing the ZR1 to accelerate to 60 mph in a Z06-beating 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 220 mph.