The ZR1 model is new for 2019 and it’s the most powerful production Corvette ever.
Obviously, the Corvette is the value proposition and the Lamborghini is the more exotic choice.
It might seem weird to compare a Chevrolet to a Lamborghini, but the higher-performance variants of the Corvette have gotten so good that they’re seriously competitive with much more expensive exotic supercars. All-new for the 2019 model year is the C7 Corvette ZR1, which is a supercharged beast making 755 horsepower and it can go toe-to-toe with the Lamborghini Huracan, which packs a raucous V10 engine.
Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and see which is the better sports car.
The exterior styling of both of these cars is dictated by where their engines are located. The Corvette is front-engine and the Huracan is mid-engine, which means the Corvette has a longer hood and a shorter rear deck and the Lambo has more bulk behind the driver and kind of a stubby front end compared to the Corvette. As you might expect, the Corvette looks decidedly American and the Huracan looks distinctly Italian. See the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan models for sale near you
The ZR1 gets some pretty significant exterior upgrades over the standard Corvette Stingray like a big rear wing (and an even bigger optional one), a special hood, a revised front-end, special wheels and several other cues here and there telling the world that it’s not an ordinary Corvette. The ZR1 and the Huracan are both available as either a coupe or a convertible. See the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you
Both of these sports cars have very driver-centric interiors with only two seats. Like the exterior, the Lamborghini is more exotic than the Chevy, but the ZR1’s interior still looks and feels very sporty and luxurious. The Huracan forgoes a traditional infotainment system in favor of a 12.3-in display in the gauge cluster, showing you all the information you need. The ZR1 has a more conventional 8-in infotainment system in the center stack, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As much as we like the interior of the ZR1, at the end of the day, you’re still sitting in a Corvette. The interior of the Huracan has a presence to it that really makes you feel like you’re behind the wheel of something special.
Mechanicals and Performance
The Huracan is a mid-engine car with a naturally aspirated V10 engine and the Corvette ZR1 is front-engine with a supercharged V8 under the hood. The Corvette is only available with rear-wheel drive, while the Huracan can be had with either RWD or all-wheel drive. The only transmission available in the Lamborghini is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, but the ZR1 is available with either an 8-speed automatic or a 7-speed manual transmission.
2019 Lamborghini Huracan Engine
5.2-liter V10; up to 631 horsepower, 443 lb-ft of torque; up to 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway; 0-to-60 mph in 2.9 seconds; top speed: 199 mph
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Engine
6.2-liter supercharged V8; 755 hp, 715 lb-ft of torque; 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy; 0-to-60 mph in 2.85 seconds; top speed: 212 mph
On paper, the ZR1 crushes the Huracan with more horsepower and significantly more torque. The result is a slightly quicker 0-to-60 mph time and a higher top speed while achieving almost identical fuel economy. The numbers you see above for the Huracan are for the Performante model, which is the best-performing Huracan. The base model only makes 573 hp, which is a lot by normal standards, but a far cry from what the ZR1 is capable of. Granted, the naturally aspirated V10 in the Lambo has quite a different character to it than the supercharged V8 in the Corvette, but if raw performance is what you’re after, the ZR1 is the winner here.
The ZR1 is by far the most expensive version of the 2019 Chevy Corvette, but it’s still significantly more affordable than the Huracan. The ZR1 has a starting MSRP of $120,900 and the Huracan starts at $203,674. The higher-performance trims of the Huracan get more expensive with the Performante Spyder model crossing the $300k mark, while the most expensive ZR1 you can get is around $150k.
If you’re looking for the best supercar for the money, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 just might be the best value at this level of performance in the whole industry. It outperforms the Huracan while significantly undercutting the Lamborghini on price. However, assuming you have the budget for either of these cars, your personal preference will tell you what you’d rather drive: an all-American Corvette with a stellar supercharged V8 or an exotic Lamborghini with a roaring V10 that will turn every head it passes. Find a Lamborghini Huracan for sale or Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale