At this point, there should be little doubt when it comes to the performance potential of a modern electric powertrain. That said, there’s something undeniably attractive about the sounds of a burbling internal combustion engine at full send, as demonstrated in the following drag racing video between a Chevy Corvette Z51 and 2023 Genesis GV60.
Coming to us from the folks at Hagerty, this video is a bit over 9 minutes long and includes some of the hottest go-fast EV crossovers on the market, including the Genesis GV60 Performance, BMW iX xDrive50, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, and Tesla Model Y Dual-Motor Performance. Each of these EVs boasts impressive specs, running the quarter mile in the mid-to-low-12-second range – not too shabby for a group of battery-powered people movers.
However, the true performance these EVs have on tap really becomes apparent as soon as you splash some gasoline into the mix, this time in the form of the C7-generation Chevy Corvette Z51. With its naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT1 engine on board, this thing is throwing down with an impressive 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty for a sports car weighing about 3,500 pounds. This particular example (claimed to be from the 2014 model year) is also equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, even though the folks at Hagerty says it’s an eight-speed automatic. It also sounds, well, awesome, especially compared the all-electric noises (or lake thereof) from the competition.
However, beyond opinions like how a vehicle looks or sounds, there’s no denying that EVs are quick. To demonstrate as much, Hagerty puts the Chevy Corvette Z51 side-by-side with the 2023 Genesis GV60 Performance, sending both vehicles down the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds. The Chevy Corvette manages a higher trap speed of 119 mph as compared to the Genesis’ 110 mph.
It’s a pretty good race, and provides a nice benchmark for where these EVs stack up with regard to speed. Check out the full video right here: