The 2020 Corvette C8 isn’t made for drag racing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t run some blistering times in the quarter mile. While Chevrolet has yet to release official specs on all the C8 performance figures, an alleged GM internal document that leaked last week lists the 2020 Corvette quarter mile time as 11.3 seconds at 121 mph.
That places it towards the head of the pack among other dedicated sports cars out there. So, we decided to put together a comparison to see how the new Vette compares in terms of quarter mile acceleration performance.
In the table below, we break out each model’s quarter mile elapsed time (ET) and trap speed. Also note that the vehicles listed are not necessarily direct rivals to the 2020 Corvette, but rather are standouts in the sports car segment worthy of comparison with regard to performance.
|Model||Quarter Mile ET (seconds)||Quarter Mile Trap Speed (MPH)||Starting Price|
|Jaguar F-Type (base model)||14.1||100||$61,600|
|Porsche 718 Cayman S||12||115||$69,300|
|Mercedes-Benz AMG GT||11.6||124||$124,700|
|2020 Corvette C8 Stingray||11.3||121||$59,995|
|Porsche 911 Carrera S (992)||11.3||125||$113,300|
|Audi R8 V10 Plus||10.9||129||$194,400|
As evidenced by the table, the 2020 Corvette C8 can run with some pretty heavy-hitting competition. Slotting in between the Acura NSX and Nissan GT-R, two tech-laden Japanese rocket ships that cost well over six figures, the Corvette’s true value starts to become pretty clear.
We should also note that the 11.3-second quarter mile at the 121 mph trap speed is for the base 2020 Corvette Stingray. When equipped with the optional Z51 performance package, the C8’s quarter mile performance remains at 11.3 seconds. However, the C8 with the Z51 package does the 0-60 mph sprint 0.1 seconds faster – at 2.9 seconds vs. 3.0 seconds for the model without the Z51 pack.
Indeed, with the new, naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine now mounted behind the cabin, the new Vette can really dig into the pavement, launching towards the horizon with gusto. The mill is good for 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust System.
Impressive stuff, but we’re even more excited to put the 2020 Corvette on a proper road course to see how all that acceleration works out between a few corners.