Now, after some development work with a new exhaust and some new, lightweight wheels, he’s put the beast out to test again. This time, however, it’s against an Italian.
The C8 came to the race with a slight boost from a Hennessey prototype exhaust to 510 HP, and the lightweight wheels shed a few pounds off the total weight.
The 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo, however, was not modified at all. Stock, it has 602 HP from a 5.2 liter V10, all-wheel drive, and a hell of a lot of carbon-fiber in its construction.
From a standing start, as evidenced in the video, the C8 does get the jump as the Lamborghini’s launch control has to ensure that the center differential doesn’t tear itself to shreds. However, once rolling, the nearly 100 HP difference counts as the Huracan Evo just pips the C8 at the quarter-mile.
From a roll-on at 40 MPH, the same story holds true. Although, and we think for dramatic effect, the Huracan Evo starts in 4th gear and the C8 in 2nd.
The super-fast DCT in the Lamborghini kicks down two gears automatically in milliseconds, but it’s enough to let the C8 pull out a lead. Which then, again, disappears by the quarter-mile.
What this basically means is that while the Corvette C8 is a great value, and is rightly in the “affordable supercar” portion of the market, it still needs a bit of aftermarket love to really get it into proper supercar territory. This isn’t a dig at our beloved Corvette, just an observable truth as evidenced by Mr. Hennessey himself.