The 1,255-HP Showdown! Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. Porsche 911 GT3
Edmunds’ Alistair Weaver and Carlos Lago test and compare the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. For similar money, these two super sports cars deliver massive driving thrills and motorsports technology for the street. The ZR1 is the highest-performing Corvette available, with 755 horsepower and a wild optional track package that gives it huge sticky tires and an enormous wing. The GT3 may not have the power bragging rights, but it represents a purity of focus. It’s built alongside real race cars, and its 4.0-liter engine revs to a beautiful 9,000 rpm. Which one is the most fun on the road and at the racetrack? Watch to find out!
Q: What kind of engine and transmission do the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 have?
A: The Corvette has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque) and an optional eight-speed automatic. The 911 GT3 uses a 4.0-liter flat-six (500 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque) and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Q: How much do the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 cost?
A: The Corvette ZR1 starts at $122,095, while the 911 GT3 begins at $145,650 (both figures include destination and gas-guzzler tax). Both vehicles in this video had a few options. Highlights for the Chevy included bucket-style seats ($1,995) and a performance package ($2,995) that included track-optimized tires, suspension and aerodynamic parts. The ZR1’s as-tested price totaled $131,300. Significant options for the Porsche included carbon-ceramic brakes ($9,210) and bucket-style seats ($5,200) for an as-tested price of $160,900.
Q: How fast are the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3?
A: Despite the massive difference in power, these two cars accelerate similarly. During testing, the ZR1 reached 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (3.3 seconds with a 1-foot rollout, as on a drag strip) and clocked a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds at 127.2 mph. The GT3 passed 60 mph in 3.3 seconds (3.1 seconds with a 1-foot rollout) and reached the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 124.7 mph.
Read our review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 here:
Read our review of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 here: https://www.edmunds.com/porsche/911/2018/gt3/
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