Corvette ZR1 vs. Huracan Highlights the Auto Advantages
All-wheel-drive and a dual-clutch transmission make the difference in this closely-match battle.
The Drag Times YouTube channel has an awesome clip that features a trio of races between a C6 Corvette ZR1 and a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. Spoiler alert – the races don’t go well for the Chevy, as we see how big of a difference an automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive make in a closely-matched race.
This matchup between supercars from two different continents includes a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4.
The Corvette is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter LS9, sending 638 horsepower towards the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The ZR1 has a curb weight of 3,350 pounds and an MSRP of $130,000.
The Lambo is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, sending 602 horsepower towards all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Huracan has a curb weight of 3,500 pounds.
So the Corvette has more power and it lighter, but the Lamborghini has a quick-shifting automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The question is whether the transmission and all-wheel drive can overcome a difference of 36 horsepower and 150 pounds. You probably know the answer, but this video shows how much of a difference these advantages make.
The first race between the 2010 Corvette ZR1 and the 2016 Huracan LP610-4 takes place from a 40-mile per hour roll. The two cars hammer down on three and while the race is even for a short time, the Lambo jumps out to a big lead as soon as the ZR1 driver has to shift. With each shift, the raging bull pulls further and further ahead.
On the second run, the two go from 60 and the story is similar to the first race. The cars stay side-by-side until the ZR1 has to shift, at which point the quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox allows the Huracan to pull away. Along the same lines, the speed of the Lamborghini’s shifts are coupled with less RPM drop during the shifts, to the V10 stays in the powerband more than the LS9 does.
Finally, in the dig race, the two use their launch control systems and the all-wheel-drive Lamborghini hands out a beating. The Corvette’s launch control system pulls power to keep the wheels from spinning while the Huracan’s system makes full use of the all-wheel-drive, allowing the Lambo to stomp the Vette from a stop.
Considering how close these two cars are in horsepower and weight, the advantage of the Huracan in these races show how much all-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission impact a drag race and a roll race. Now that the C7 ZR1 is here with the 755-horsepower LT5 and its own lightning-quick automatic transmission, Huracan owners will have a much tougher fight on their hands when they line up with the top-of-the-line Vette.