Road Tests Real world tests of 300ZX Twin Turbo vs Corvette

0-60mph

300ZX Twin Turbo Corvette Z06 @ supercars.net
The ZR-1 has the ability to take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and from a stop to 100 in 10.4 seconds.
Corvette Z06 | by Car and Driver (Jun, 1989)

Top speed

Corvette Z06
198 mph
Chevy is predicting a 0-to-60 sprint in less than four seconds, 100 mph arriving less than four seconds later, a quarter-mile well into the 11s, and a top speed above 190 mph.
Corvette Z06 | by Car and Driver (Feb, 2005)

0-100mph

300ZX Twin Turbo Corvette Z06 @ supercars.net
GM also says the ZR1 will rip to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, to 100 mph in 7.0 seconds, and through the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph.
Corvette Z06 | by Car and Driver (Oct, 2008)

1/4 mile

The quarter-mile flashes by in just 11.2 seconds at a trap speed of 130.5 mph (at that point the Viper is doing 124.4 mph).
Corvette Z06 | by MotorTrend (Oct, 2008)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

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Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

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Faster top speed 198 mph vs 155 mph 43 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
A lot faster to 100mph 8.3 s vs 16.5 s Around 50% faster to 100mph
A lot faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 14.4 s More than 15% faster at the drag strip
Way more more powerful engine 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 282 HP @ 6,400 RPM More than 75% stronger engine
Significantly more torque 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM vs 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM More than 65% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more expensive sticker price $74k vs $33k Around 2.2x more expensive harder to own
Much bigger engine 7,011 cc vs 3,000 cc More than 2.2x bigger engine
Much better power-to-weight ratio 6.26 lb/hp vs 12.64 lb/hp 2x better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 3,130 lb vs 3,564 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

300ZX Twin Turbo  vs
Corvette 
Brand Nissan Chevrolet
Price 33,000 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1990-1996 2011
City mileage 18 MPG 15 MPG
Highway mileage 24 MPG 24 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.64 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 282 HP @ 6,400 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 190 285/30 19
Rear wheels 406/? 216 510/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,564 lb 3,130 lb
Width 70.5 in 76 in
Height 49.2 in 49.1 in
Length 169.5 in 174.6 in
Front track width 58.9 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 105.7 in

road tests

300ZX Twin Turbo  vs
Corvette 
Top speed 155 mph 198 mph
1/4 mile 14.4 s 12 s
0-60mph 6.5 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 16.5 s 8.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.21:1
2: 1.93:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.75:1
6: 0.57:1
Axle ratio 3.69:1 3.42:1

engine

Displacement 3,000 cc 7,011 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.5:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.43 in / 3.27 in 4.13 in / 4 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2
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