At last, the much-anticipated 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is here. ‘Vette fans worldwide are ecstatic that their dream of a mid-engine C8 has finally come true.
On July 18, 2019, Chevy’s big reveal answered some of our questions about the new Corvette with its 495-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine. We now know that, when it’s kitted out with the Z51 Performance Package, Chevy’s halo car can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Exactly three seconds—no more, no less—meets the current standard of neck-snapping acceleration speed for performance cars these days.
But one question still nags at us: is the $60,000 Corvette fast enough to beat some of its fancy supercar rivals that cost upwards of $100,000?
The answer is yes, it most certainly is.
From slowest to fastest, here is a list of seven of the world’s most powerful and expensive exotic cars that happen to be slower than the 2020 Corvette. Note that we don’t include any Lamborghinis on this list, however. Those are still too fast for the Corvette to beat…for now. Our apologies in advance to Lambo enthusiasts.
7. Aston Martin Vantage (3.8 seconds)
The Vantage has lovely, sophisticated exterior styling that would make any aspiring James Bond-type proud, and it’s only moderately expensive with an MSRP starting at $152,820.
It’s powered by an AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes 503 hp. But as strong as the Vantage’s engine is, it still only clocks 3.8 seconds in 0 to 60 mph, according to its manufacturer. Even the resourceful folks at Car and Driver could only squeeze 3.4 seconds out of it in their recent test drive.
6. Ferrari Portofino (3.5 seconds)
Boasting a 591-hp twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine, this Ferrari sports coupe is definitely supercar material. The Portofino’s base price is $214,533, which we suppose isn’t too pricey for a “starter” Ferrari.
Given the automaker’s estimated 3.5 seconds for 0 to 60 acceleration, though, it seems as if the Corvette could easily wipe the grin off the Portofino’s face.
5. Jaguar F-Type SVR (3.5 seconds)
The Jaguar F-Type SVR checks all the boxes for an exotic car: a truly graceful body line, an athletic 575-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, and a base MSRP at a spendy-enough $100,895.
The SVR suffix stands for “Special Vehicle Racing,” but at 3.5 seconds in 0 to 60, its performance seems to be not quite as special as the Corvette’s.
4. Mercedes-AMG GT R (3.5 seconds)
With its low-slung styling and enormous grille, this Mercedes GT coupe looks ridiculously fast and has the 577-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine to back up that observation.
It’s a higher-end Mercedes, so a starting price of $159,350 should come as no surprise to buyers. Sadly for owners of this car, it probably would be a tad slower than the ‘Vette in a 0 to 60 heat.
3. Audi R8 V10 Performance (3.2 seconds)
Audi has a tall order to fill with its new name as compared to last year’s name for this car, which was the R8 V10 Plus. This supercar entry is a rare bird since it is one of a few remaining production cars with a V10 engine.
The R8 makes an extraordinary 602 hp, and buyers should expect to shell out a cool $198,450 to drive this beast home. There’s no question that this version of the R8 is fast. However, at 3.2 seconds, it’s just a hair behind the Corvette.
2. Acura NSX (3.1 seconds)
The Acura NSX has a hybrid-electric powertrain that combines a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors that in total makes 573 hp.
For a car that its manufacturer hopes to market as a daily driver, both its timeless looks and the base price at $159,300 have nothing of the everyday about it. And although the NSX is certainly quick at 3.1 seconds for the 0 to 60, it comes close to Corvette’s 3.0 but no cigar.
1. BMW M5 Competition (3.1 seconds)
While the NSX and the M5 Competition are virtually in a tie, we take BMW’s estimated 0 to 60 mph at 3.1 seconds for this car with a grain of salt. On a good day, it might just be a wee bit faster—as in the neighborhood of 2.8 seconds.
This is another six-figure supercar with an MSRP that starts at $110,000. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 produces an impressive 617 hp. But this blazing variant of the M5 still plays at being a four-door luxury sedan on its days off. So, while we do think that Corvette can nose out the M5 in a 0 to 60 competition, it will be a close call.