Let’s give up to the folks at Hennessey Performance whose apparent racing philosophy of “run what you brung” was on full display once again this week.
The Texas tuner’s latest drag race of eclectic competitors features a C8 Corvette Z51 Convertible versus a 2021 Ram TRX on the Hennessey test track. Both vehicles are being raced in stock form prior to receiving upgrades and that means the TRX already has a 207-hp advantage. So how will it do against the hardtop convertible?
The C8 Corvette Convertible is a known quantity with its 6.2-liter LT2 turning out 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Armed with the Z51 package, this C8 Convertible shows the same performance capabilities as the Coupe, with a sprint time of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph. The HTC is the “no-compromises” Corvette and this is the first one we’ve seen on Hennessey’s test track.
The Ram TRX is powered by the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 with 702-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. And even though its 0-60 mph time is officially listed as 4.5 seconds, the four-wheel-drive pickup out-launches the C8 Corvette in both races much to our surprise! That quick launch makes you think the Ram boys might be sandbagging on their 0-60 mph numbers! Car and Driver tested the truck and reported a 3.7 second 0-60 mph time and 12.3 seconds in the quarter-mile.
So hopefully without giving away the whole thing away, check out this epic all-American showdown featuring the Corvette against the TRX:
Hennessey will be applying their magic to both vehicles in the coming weeks and with the TRX getting the 1,000-hp Mammoth package, we are hoping a rematch will be in order, just to see how insane that truck will be.
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