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Chevrolet Corvette 1953 to 2014
54 years of Super Car Performance

Read For Corvette Speed

The Read For Corvette Speed was created by Ned Erkman to chronicle the history of Corvette high performance engines with detailed performance data for the fastest and most powerful Corvettes ever developed.

The Read For Corvette Speed is intended to provide comprehensive information about Corvette engine power output, 0-60 mph acceleration, quarter mile drag strip performance data and top speed performance figures for 60 years of Corvette evolution starting in 1953 to the 2013 model supercharged ZR1 Corvette”.

The Chevrolet Corvette

The Legendary Corvette is a Great American Super Car and the first production sports car built in the USA.

Since the creation of Corvette in 1953, nearly 1.6 million (1,600,000) Corvettes have been manufactured and Seven Generations of Corvettes produced with the most innovative and ingenious automotive technologies being designed and developed for the evolution of Corvette.

First Model 1953 Corvette

The enormous success of the Corvette can be measured by 62 years of existence and a glorious heritage as a legendary sports car.

Corvette continues a great history of being a uniquely styled car and a leader in performance and technology.

1st Production Sports Car Made in the USA

The Chevrolet Corvette was created in 1953 as the first production sports car built in America and the first production car to be manufactured with a fiberglass body.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

First Corvette at Car Show and Assembly Line Production

The Corvette debuted on January 17, 1953 at the GM Motorama auto show in New York City, as a convertible two-seat sports car with Polo White paint and red interior. After receiving a favorable response from the public the Corvette was launched into assembly line production with the first Corvette being manufactured on June 30, 1953.

Corvette debuts at GM Motorama Auto Show

Zora Arkus-Duntov
The Legendary Corvette Engineer

The now famous and legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov first inspected the new Corvette in January 1953 at the GM Motorama auto show in New York City.

Duntov proceeded to join GM on May 1, 1953, as an engineer and helped to change the Corvette from a mild roadster to a great high performance sports car. Duntov also helped to develop new technologies for the Corvette that made it a legendary sports car that was victorious on race tracks and a winner on the streets and highways.

l88 Corvette

The “RPO Z06” special performance equipment package was developed for 1963, which included better suspension components and brakes along with a 36 gallon gas tank for more fuel capacity.

The Z06 performance package also included the most powerful engine available for the Corvette, the 327 cid L84 engine equipped with Rochester fuel injection and 360 horsepower.

The 1963 Z06 Corvette “split window coupe” produced 0 to 60 mph performance in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 148 mph.

1969 ZL-1 Chevrolet Corvette - Daytona Yellow

l88 Corvette

The 1967 L88 Corvette Sting Ray represents the ultimate in performance and styling for that era, making it one of the most powerful and classic Corvettes ever produced.

Chevrolet offered this radical L88 engine option with 12.5:1 compression ratio and rated the power at a very conservative 425 horsepower; whereas the L88 reportedly produced approximately 560 horsepower.

The 1967 L88 Corvette is one of the most powerful and rarest Corvettes ever built with a limited production of only 20 cars.

1969 ZL-1 Chevrolet Corvette - Daytona Yellow

Zl-1 Corvette

The most exclusive and expensive production Corvette is the 1969 ZL-1 which is named after the 427 cid ZL-1 engine that is equipped with an aluminum block and aluminum cylinder heads; with power output reported to be dyno tested at 585 horsepower with exhaust headers installed.

The all aluminum ZL-1 engine is one of most exotic and powerful Corvette engines ever built, which is what makes the ZL-1 Corvette one of the fastest factory production Corvettes ever created with a top speed of 180 M.P.H. Race prepared ZL-1 Corvettes have also been documented to deliver drag strip quarter mile performances of 10.60 second elapsed times at 132 M.P.H.

Only two ZL-1 Corvettes are recorded to have been sold to the public, which makes the ZL-1 Corvette extremely rare and very valuable.

1969 ZL-1 Chevrolet Corvette - Daytona Yellow

ZR-2 Corvette

The 1971 Corvette was available with a factory racing option called the ZR2 “Special Purpose Package”, which included the powerful 454 LS6 engine option, heavy-duty four-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty power brakes and high performance race suspension system.

The 1971 Corvette was the only model year available with the
legendary 454 LS6 big block Chevy engine option, rated at 425 horsepower. The 454 cubic inch displacement (7.4 Liter) “Big Block Chevrolet” is the largest production engine ever equipped in the Corvette and the LS6 engine is the most powerful 454 cid production engine installed in the Corvette.

A limited production of 188 Corvettes were ordered with the LS6 engine option and only 12 of these 454 LS6 Corvettes have the ZR2 “Special Purpose Package” which consists of only 2 convertible ZR2 Corvettes.

LS6 Corvettes equipped with exhaust headers were reported to produce drag strip quarter mile performances of 12.6 seconds at 114 mph.

1971 ZR-2 Chevrolet Corvette

ZR-1 Corvette

The ZR-1 Corvette was produced from 1990 to 1995 with the goal of being the world’s fastest production sports car. The high tech LT5 engine with aluminum block and dual over head cams originally produced 375 hp, which assisted the ZR-1 to deliver a top speed of 180 plus M.P.H. establishing it as the fastest factory-built production sports car in the world in 1990.

A total production volume of 6,939 ZR-1 Corvettes were produced during a six year manufacturing period and throughout this time the ZR-1 Corvette was referred to as the “King of the Hill” for being on top of the sports car world with superior performance capabilities.

The ZR-1 continued to develop throughout this six year life span with power increasing to 405 horsepower for 1993 to 1995 LT5 engines from improved cylinder head and intake manifold airflow.

ZR-1 Corvettes can deliver 0-60 mph performance in 4.2 seconds with a quarter mile elapsed time of 12.8 seconds at 114 mph.
Top Speed 181 MPH.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

Grand Sport Corvette

The 1996 Grand Sport Corvette was created as a tribute to the legendary 1963 Corvette Grand Sport race cars, with a limited production of 1000 Grand Sport Corvettes being manufactured in 1996.

The Grand Sport has a new LT4 engine that GM introduces as the most powerful production small block Chevy V8 in the history of Corvette, with power conservatively rated at 330 horsepower and reality being closer to 350 net horsepower. The LT4 engine makes the 1996 Corvette the fastest “Small Block Chevrolet” V8 engine equipped Corvette ever created with a top speed of 170 MPH.

The Grand Sport Corvette can deliver 0-60 mph performance in 4.9 seconds with a drag strip quarter mile elapsed time of 13.3 seconds at 109 MPH.

Grand Sport Corvettee

Z06 Corvette

The Z06 Corvette was re-introduced in 2001 with a new 5.7- liter LS6 engine rated at 385 horsepower. The LS6 was upgraded for improved performance in 2002 and the power rating increased to 405 hp and 400 ft-lb torque.

The Z06 Corvette is only offered as a hardtop model for better structural integrity and equipped with light weight window glass and titanium exhaust to help reduce 38 lbs of weight. The special tires equipped on the Z06 are also 23 lbs lighter than the tires on the base model Corvettes which improves the total weight reduction for the Z06 Corvette to 61 lbs.

The special edition 2004 Commemorative Edition Z06 Corvette is also equipped with a light weight carbon fiber hood which reduces weigh by over 10 lbs and makes this Z06 the lightest generation 5 Corvette at 3107 lbs.

The 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition Corvette is capable of 0-60 MPH in 4.0 seconds with quarter mile performance at 12.4 seconds at 117 MPH.

2001 Z06 Corvette

ls1 Corvette

50th Anniversary Corvette The 50th anniversary of the Corvette was celebrated in 2003 with more than one million three hundred thousand (1,300,000) Corvettes being manufactured since production began in 1953.

The Chevrolet Corvette is now approaching a total production volume of 1.6 million cars which could be realized by 2015.

ls7 Corvette

The C6 Z06 Corvette is a world class supercar equiped with the most powerful Corvette production engine ever created in 2006, the 427 CID (7.0L) LS7 engine rated at 505 horsepower.

The 2006-2013 Z06 Corvette was designed and engineered from the C6-R race Corvette, to make it one of the quickest and fastest super cars of all time.

In 2006, the 6th Generation Z06 Corvette produced the highest performance ever achieved for the Chevrolet Corvette, delivering 0-60 MPH performances in 3.5 seconds and accelerating down the quarter mile drag strip in 11.5 seconds at 127 MPH with a top speed of 198 MPH.

2006 Z06 Corvette 427 LS7 - 500 hp

ls7 Corvette

The C6 ZR1 Corvette is the first production Corvette equipped with a supercharged engine with power output rated at 638 horsepower and 604 ft-lbs torque making it the most powerful Corvette ever created in 2009.

This supercharged Corvette LS9 engine uses a modified version of the 6.2-liter V8 equipped in the Cadillac Escalade which is capable of producing over 400 horsepower naturally aspirated.

The supercharged C6 ZR1 Corvette is an exceptionally powerful and technologically advanced super car with top speed performance of over 200 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration in the low 3 second range

2009 ZR1 Corvette

2015 lt4 Corvette

The Supercharged 2015 Z06 Corvette is the most powerful production Corvette ever built with power output rated at 650 horsepower and 650 ft lbs torque.

2015 Z06 Corvette

The 2015 Z06 Corvette has a new 6.2 Liter LT4 supercharged V-8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.

The LT4 engine is equipped with advanced technologies which include direct fuel injection, active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing. The LT4 engine also has several features designed to improve engine durability with the greater power output and higher cylinder pressures created by forced induction.

The new 1.7 Liter Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm which is 5,000 rpm higher than the supercharger on the 2009-2013 ZR1 Corvettes LS9 engine. The boost is achieved more efficiently, from a new direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The Super High Tech 2015 Z06 is the most powerful, fastest and quickest production Corvette ever created.

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