Road Tests Real world tests of Ultimate Aero vs Corvette

0-60mph

Top speed

Ultimate Aero
256 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of SSC Ultimate Aero

Reasons to consider the
SSC Ultimate Aero

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Much more powerful engine 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM vs 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine
Much more torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM vs 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM Around 2.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 256 mph vs 198 mph 58 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.9 s vs 12 s More than 15% faster at the drag strip
Way more expensive sticker price $740k vs $74k 10x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 2.8 s vs 3.6 s More than 20% faster to 60mph
Lighter curb weight 2,750 lb vs 3,130 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Bigger engine 7,011 cc vs 6,345 cc More than 10% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Ultimate Aero  vs
Corvette 
Brand SSC Chevrolet
Price 740,000 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.14 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Rear Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,345 cc 7,011 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.97:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 4.13 in / 3.62 in 4.13 in / 4 in

road tests

Ultimate Aero  vs
Corvette 
Top speed 256 mph 198 mph
1/4 mile 9.9 s 12 s
0-60mph 2.8 s 3.6 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3:1
2: 2.15:1
3: 1.5:1
4: 1.13:1
5: 0.87:1
6: 0.65:1
Axle ratio 3.44:1 3.42:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 241 285/30 19
Rear wheels 508/? 330 510/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,750 lb 3,130 lb
Width 82.7 in 76 in
Height 43 in 49.1 in
Length 176.2 in 174.6 in
Wheelbase 105.2 in 105.7 in
SSC Ultimate Aero
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