The new C8 Corvette Stingray can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under three seconds in ideal conditions, making it one of the quickest production cars on the planet.
There’s no denying the technology that helps the C8 Corvette Stingray accelerate from a standstill to highway speeds in the blink of an eye is impressive, but when it comes to outright acceleration, electric vehicles reign supreme. Even an impressive engine like the GM 6.2L LT2 V8 can have trouble competing with the immediate torque of an electric motor – especially in a short sprint where the internal combustion engine car can’t properly stretch its legs.
YouTube channel The Fast Lane Car recently decided to line the C8 Corvette up against one of the quickest production EVs around today, the Tesla Model Y Performance. The battery-electric crossover makes 457 horsepower and 497 pound-feet of torque from its dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain, helping it accelerate from 0-60 in around 3.5 seconds. On paper, it seems the C8 Corvette would have the Tesla Model Y Performance beat. After all, the C8 Corvette is faster on paper from 0-60 mph and from that point, the ‘Vette can leverage the power of its Small Block V8 to pull a healthy gap on the Tesla, right?
Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. The test track that TFL Car uses for its track day reviews is located well above sea level and the low air pressure can sap an internal combustion engine of some power. As such, they could only ever manage a four-second 0-60 mph time for the C8 Corvette, which levels the playing field and perhaps even tips the odds in the Tesla’s favor.
Curious to see which of these ridiculously quick vehicles is faster in the quarter-mile? Place your bets and check out the video embedded below to find out.