Top 10 Surprising Cars With Less Power Than the Corvette ZR1

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has made its official debut sporting 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.

Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, it’s the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, so the ZR1 looks to retake its supercar crown. But nowadays, it’s hard to keep track of how many cars push out more than 750 hp as automakers continue to push the limits of performance.

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Here are 10 surprising cars that have less power than the new Corvette ZR1:

Aston Martin DB11

James Bond might want to rethink his car of choice. As stunning as the Aston Martin DB11 looks, its 5.2-liter V12 engine with 600 hp isn’t that impressive compared to the ZR1’s powerplant. But then again, we have a soft spot for naturally aspirated engines, which are becoming a dying breed.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus

Another supercar powered by a naturally aspirated engine, the Audi R8 V10 features a 5.2-liter V10 with 610 hp, making it the most powerful engine ever put into production by Audi. That means Audi’s most powerful production engine falls short of Chevrolet’s most powerful production engine.

Dodge Viper ACR

Sadly, the Dodge Viper is now a thing of the past, but it went out with a bang. The Viper ACR features the automaker’s iconic 8.4-liter V10 with 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers also fall short of Dodge’s Hellcat engine with 707 hp found in the Challenger, Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Maybe it’s a good thing the Viper isn’t around anymore?

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Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari exotics are instantly recognizable as supercars, looking and sounding the part. But you might be surprised to hear that the Ferrari 488 GTB’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 offers “only” 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque.

Ford GT

Ford is awfully proud of its new GT supercar, and rightfully so. It’s stunning on the outside and it has already proven its on-track prowess in motorsports. But with 647 hp from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the GT might be staring at the rear end of the ZR1 in due time.

Lamborghini Aventador SV

Even the hardcore Lamborghini Aventador SV can’t match the ZR1’s horsepower figure. The Italian exotic automaker’s SuperVeloce features a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 740 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Those are hardly figures to laugh at, but the ZR1 does just that.

McLaren 720S

Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the McLaren 720S is a supercar from bumper to bumper. But that 710-hp figure isn’t going to impress future Corvette ZR1 owners, especially because the new Chevy will cost a fraction of the price for a McLaren 720S.


Considering how many headlines the Nissan GT-R has made in its prime, you would think it’s packing a serious punch. And it does — the NISMO version outputs 600 hp from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. But that’s over 20 percent less than the Corvette ZR1 and that’s not even looking at its torque figure. The GT-R NISMO has 481 lb-ft of twist, which is pretty laughable compared to the ZR1’s 715 lb-ft of torque.

Pagani Huayra

With a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 sourced from AMG, the Pagani Huayra was a sight to behold when it first debuted. Since then, the Italian automaker has offered more powerful versions like the Huayra BC, but the original Huayra produced 720 hp, making it less powerful than the Corvette ZR1.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Although official pricing for the Corvette ZR1 hasn’t been announced, it will more than likely be under $150,000 to start and possibly around $130,000. Considering the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS starts around $293,200 excluding delivery, you would think it’s a much more powerful supercar. Add in the fact that Porsche touts the 911 GT2 RS as the most powerful 911 ever built and you have to believe that means it has more horsepower than the most powerful Corvette ever built right? Wrong. The 911 GT2 RS has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, and we can’t wait to see if the ZR1 can shake off the 911 GT2 RS on the track.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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