I know almost no one cares, but it is not easy to write something here almost every day. (Sorry, but I am in a sour mood this morning.)
For example, I have to “worry” about infringing on copyrights. Even though I credit the source of every photo I show, unless I have taken it, some of these photos may be copyrighted. (I never display photos that have the copyright mark.) When I include excerpts from articles published elsewhere, even though I always credit the source the mere act of inclusion could be a copyright violation. I am not a copyright/patent attorney.
From Car and Driver comes their annual Lightning Lap test for 2018. I have no idea if printing the results is a copyright violation, but here goes:
Of course the result that pleases me the most is the fact that the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is the only non ultra-expensive car in the top five. Here are the MSRPs, as best as I could find them, of the cars in the top five:
|Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach||$345,300|
|Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1||$132,900|
|Lamborghini Huracan Performante||$274,400|
OK, let’s see if we can make a question out of that group. Which one shouldn’t belong? Actually the “base” price of the ZR-1 would put the car in the LL3 category, but since Car and Driver showed it as LL4 I assume the car wasn’t stock and looked for the “right” price on the Chevrolet website.
The bang for the buck of the Corvette is just amazing to me, but it seems to be lost on many car aficionados. Sure, if you have a nine-figure net worth you don’t care what your car toy costs. In the real world, though, the price matters.
If I am to be totally honest the most impressive showing here might actually be the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2. Although I keep reading that trim level is not really designed for regular street use it is very impressive for the car to post a time below three minutes and finish in the top ten despite being in the LL2 price category.
From slashgear.com a picture of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.
What do you think of the Car and Driver test? What is your ideal balance of performance and street-ability?
P.S. If I had watched the videos of the top five cars in the test I would have learned their prices as tested. The conclusion is still valid, though. The Corvette ZR-1 is a bargain in the world of performance cars.
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