The 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 has been billed as a world beater, a supercar killer and more. But, words are words. How does the ZR1 stack up against a true supercar?
The McLaren 720S certainly fits the bill. Sporting a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 710 horsepower, it’s a formidable opponent to the Corvette ZR1. As we all know, the most powerful Corvette to ever leave the factory features a 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged V8 engine with 755 hp.
When the two line up for a few quarter-mile runs, it appears things are going to be close—until the McLaren really finds its footing. The 720S simply rockets away from the Corvette mid-race and never looks back. The same can be said as the two cars roll from 40 mph to 160 mph, and the 720S performs even better.
Here, it comes down to weight and aerodynamics. The McLaren weighs hundreds of pounds lighter than the Corvette. At 3,600 pounds, the ZR1 is a pig compared to the 720S’ weight of fewer than 3,200 pounds. Without less mass to move, 710 hp does a better job of slipping away from the 755-hp Corvette.