Christian Gebhardt tests a trio of Corvettes: the 2012 ZR, the Z06 Centennial Edition and the Grand Sport.

Test drive editor Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has done a series of tests with the 2012 Corvette ZR1, Z06 Centennial Edition and the Grand Sport. 

Gebhardt tells WCF, "The 2012-ZR1 could achieve a very fast lap time of 1.08,3 min on the small circuit at Hockenheim and is faster than nearly all supercars over the last years. The ZR1 beats for example Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Carrera GT, GT3 RS 3.8 & 4.0, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, McLaren MP4-12C, Audi R8 GT, Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition and more. The 2012-ZR1 was equipped with the new PDE-ZR1 High Performance Package including Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres, a short-throw manual transmission, with closer gear ratios than the standard ZR1 transmission and 19"- and 20"-Cup wheels in satin black. To show the higher grip level of the Michelin semislicks not only on track we did a 0-331-0 km/h high speed braking."

With a lap time of 1.08,7 min the 2012 Z06 with Z07-Ultimate Performance Package the Z06 did as well a big step forward. The Ultimate Performance Package includes black cup-style aluminum wheels measuring 19-inches up front and 20-inches in the rear, as well as Michelin PS Cup tires, Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes."

As a reminder, the ZR1 is powered by a supercharged V8 6.2-liter engine that produces 638 hp (476 kW) and 604 lb-ft (818 Nm) of torque, enough for a Nordschleife lap time of 7:16.63. The Z06 offers 505 hp (377 kW), while the Grand Sport provides “only” 437 hp (326 kW) and 424 lb-ft (575 Nm) of torque.

Gallery: Testing the Corvette ZR1, Z06 Centennial Edition and C6 Grand Sport [video]