Chevrolet is one of the most iconic American auto makers in the world with a rich history. Chevy’s classic “bowtie” logo is as easy to recognize for most anyone just as any other corporate logo out there. Even despite all of its financial woes and recalls in recent decades, the company has been able to remain successful for over 100 years. Chevrolet’s parent company, General Motors, has seen many brands come and go under its wing over the decades, as Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Pontiac to name a few have all morphed into household names. Which sadly of those mentioned, Oldsmobile and Pontiac are no more. But Chevrolet has always remained GM’s main brand, and there is a reason why this particular badge stands so strong.
Chevy has built itself into one of America’s premier car builders, and once it started blending speed with forward-thinking design in the 1950s, Chevy had a calling-card like no other, and recently they seem to be returning to this amazing mindset. Increased aerodynamics, smarter propulsion systems and cleaner, more efficient technology are all mainstays on newer Chevrolet models, but deep in the hearts of every Chevy lover resides an undying need for performance.
Speed has been Chevy’s drug of choice for the better part of a century now, with sleek sports cars like the Corvette, and powerful muscle cars like the Camaro leading the charge. Sure, there have been countless concepts, one-offs, and variations throughout the years that tore up the competition. We’re limiting this list to production models only that were available to the general population.
This top ten list was based upon top speed, and since Chevrolet doesn’t typically publish performance results for every vehicle, certain cars make not have been included due to the general lack of available specs and/or performance data. But as a Chevy guy myself, I think this is pretty card good list of cars anyway. Click on each image to enlarge them.
Please not this information was sourced from General Motors as of October 2016.
10. 2015 SS Sedan
Bet you didn’t expect a 4 door to be on a top ten fastest cars list, did you? Well the LS3 6.2L V8-powered Chevy SS sedan has proven worthy of a spot on the list of the fastest Chevrolet vehicles not for being the most well-known Chevy out there, but for its uninhibited performance with a curb weight of 3975-lbs. Producing 415-horsepower at 5900 rpm and 415 pound-feet of torque at 4600 rpm, this sedan can easily accelerate going 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. While the SS is comparable to many of Chevy’s other sedans in its styling cues, its top speed of 163 miles-per hour is what lands it on this list today. It’s easy to compare this GM Sports Sedan the BMW M5 which is much more expensive.
9. 2014 Camaro Z/28
The Z/28 is perhaps one of the most popular models of the Camaro. Though the 2014 Z/28 is a track-tuned version; Z/28’s have seen multiple production runs over the past five decades, the newest iteration, is ready to assume the throne as one of the fastest American cars ever. The Z/28 rocks a larger small block, 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine, producing 505-horsepower a 6100 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. It’s also quite light on its feet compared to its peer Camaro models with a curb weight of 3820 lbs, easily outperforming its competitors with a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, and an estimated top speed of 170 miles per hour.
8. 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible
The C6 model that has been around for a while, and like the aforementioned Z/28, is outfitted with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine producing 505 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 470 ft-lbs of torque at 4800 rpm. With a curb weight of 3355 lbs this convertible rockets from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 181 mph. The 427 is also a bit of a “Frankenstein” model too, utilizing some different parts from other Corvette models to help achieve its own greatness.
7. 2015 Camaro ZL1
Of all the storied Camaro models to take to the streets over the years, the ZL1 still reigns supreme as the fastest. This $62,000 Camaro is the true definition of a moderately priced speed demon. With an apex of speed capabilities topping out at 184 miles-per hour, with an acceleration rate of 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds and with a curb weight of 4120 lbs, this machine is a menace to all who dare to stand in its way. Powered by a supercharged LSA 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 lbs-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm, this American-bred bruiser spanked both the Audi R8 and the Mercedes SLS AMG back when it was first unleashed. All for a cost of several thousands of dollars less.
6. 2013 Corvette Grand Sport
This Corvette has a top speed of 190 miles-per hour, which is a whole 20 miles per hour faster than the Z/28 mentioned above. The 2013 Grand Sport may not have the guts of some other Corvette models, lacking a supercharger and larger displacement engine, but it still has plenty of power coming from its 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, spitting out 430-horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 424 lbs-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. It’s also is way easier on the wallet, originally priced around $56,000, which close to half of what some of its peer Corvette models cost at this time.
5. 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
The latest generation of Corvette has brought with it something called the Stingray Z51, a 190 mile-per hour powerhouse that tweaks the classic design and packs a punch with a 6.2-liter LS3 V8. This version of the new Stingray produces 455-horsepower at 6000 rpm and 460 lbs-ft of torque at 4600 rpm, and with a curb weight of 3440 lbs, makes the Z51 able to rocket from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds.
4. 2012 Corvette ZO6 Centennial Edition
Perhaps one the most limited of all the Corvette variants produced over the years is the Centennial Edition, which was released back in 2012 to honor Chevy’s 100th birthday. Decked out in black, it’s easy to imagine Darth Vader behind the wheel of this Vette. The Centennial Edition can sprint from a 0 to 60 miles-per hour in 3.8 seconds, thanks to its 7.0-liter LS7 engine, which produces 505 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 470 lbs-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm, with a curb weight of 3,320 lbs, helping it reach a top speed of 200 miles-per hour.
3. 2016 Corvette Z06
Ah, the Z06, probably the most iconic American sports car, a top-tier kind of Corvette and with a history that is just as storied as it is exhilarating. Both modern ZO6 versions of the coupe, and the convertible models utilize a LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, which produces 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and just as much torque at 3,600 rpm. With a curb weight of 3,524 lbs it sprints from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of just over 200 miles-per hour.
2. 2013 Corvette ZR1
The second-fastest vehicle Chevrolet has rolled off its production line to date is the latest Corvette ZR1. This Corvette variant is a classic supercar, capable of hitting a top speed of 205-miles per hour with a curb weight of 3,333 lbs helping it sprint from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds. The supercharged 6.2L V8 produces 638 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 604 lbs-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. The ZR1 was able to give an American presence like no other when contending with the fastest cars in the world for a fraction of the cost.
1. 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R
The Z06 C7.R is currently the cream of the crop when it comes to Chevrolet cars. Sure, it may have the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 as the regular Z06, and reportedly produces the exact same power of 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and just as much torque at 3,600 rpm. But it’s leaner, meaner, and more track-oriented than any other Vette in history rocketing from 0-60 in just under 3 seconds. With a top speed of 217 mph, it’s even safe to say that this machine easily has to be the fastest Chevrolet of all time.