The Chevrolet Corvette has gone down as one of the world’s most iconic cars, no matter if you’re a fan or not. For decades, the Corvette has brought performance, speed and exotic looks for a fraction of the price compared to more exotic rivals.
Speaking of speed, though, Car and Driver has compiled a history lesson surrounding the Corvette, specifically through the eyes of 0-60 times. Starting way back in 1953 and moving to present day, each model year is accounted for with a speed trap time.
However, it was humble beginnings for the 1953 Corvette, especially since a V8 engine wouldn’t surface for a couple more years. The 1953 Corvette would scoot to 60 mph in 11 seconds. The 1955 model year would introduce the aforementioned V8 engine and quicken its 0-60 pace to 8.7 seconds.
Moving into the C2 Corvette, by 1967, the Corvette was quick even by today’s standards. With the 435 hp L89 engine, it would clock 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.
The C3 Corvette saw its impressive times slide due to emission regulations. The slowest time clocked through the C3’s glory days was a 7.8 second run in 1978.
Ah, but then things came alive once again in 1990 when the C4 Corvette ZR-1 arrived on the scene with an LT5 V8 engine. The ZR-1 would hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, the first to outdo the 1967 Corvette with the L89 engine.
And in 2002, Chevrolet would introduce the C5 Z06, which would cut the 0-60 time down to just 4 seconds. The C6 Corvette Z06, with its 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine, would move to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, only to be matched by a reborn ZR1 and a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 engine.
Then, the C7 Corvette happened. The C7 Corvette Z06 would cut the time down to a brisk 3 seconds with its 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine. Not to mention, the entry level Corvette Stingray would clock a 3.7 second time.
The Corvette’s front engine times may soon be over, though, as we anticipate some revolutionary changes in store from a mid-engine Corvette. Should it come to fruition, we’d imagine those times may drop even lower.