Texas-based tuning shop Hennessey Performance has been pushing the 2020 Corvette C8 platform to its limits, despite the vehicle’s computer still being under General Motors‘ protective lock-and-key. First, they experimented with putting a pair of turbochargers on the vehicle, then they followed it up by taking a nitrous-equipped 2020 Corvette up to 205 mph on a closed test track.
Most recently, Hennessey raced a mildly modified 2020 Corvette against a Lamborghini Huracan to see how the sub-$60k sports car compares with the six-figure Italian exotic. The Hennessey-prepared Corvette in question is good for roughly 510 horsepower thanks to a Hennessey Performance stainless steel exhaust and is also equipped with lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Hoosier race tires. The Lamborghini is bone stock, but its 602 horsepower 5.2L V10 is much more powerful than the 510 horsepower 6.2 LT2 V8. It’s worth noting the LT2 V8 makes more torque though, with the Small Block’s 470 pound-feet trouncing the V10’s 413 pound-feet.
So how do these two compare in the real world? We won’t ruin the whole video, but we’d say the Corvette C8 performs very well against the Huracan, getting off the line quicker from a dig and using its torque to briefly pull ahead in the 40 mph roll race. Some internet commenters have pointed out that launch control may not have been activated in the Huracan for the race from a dig and that it was in fourth gear for one of the roll races, both of which may have affected the Lamborghini’s performance, but it’s hard to delve into the subject without comment from Hennessey. What’s clear from this video, though, is that the 2020 Corvette can hold its own in a race with some of the world’s most expensive exotics.
See how the V8 Corvette fairs against a V10 Huracan in the video embedded below.