10. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Called the “King of the Hill,” the Corvette ZR1 was exactly that. Chevrolet introduced the king of all Corvettes in 1989 with the ZR1. When the C4 generation of America’s favorite sports car saw the light of day in 1984, it was obvious Chevy hit a home run. The car was nimble, fast and potent.
The construction was new and improved. It was so advanced that even today, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette uses the same chassis architecture as the Corvette from the 80’s. But, Chevrolet engineers knew this platform could do much more with the right engine. Although the 250 HP small block V8 was fine for regular customers, Chevy had nothing to offer those who wanted more power.
Finally, in 1989 they presented the ZR1. On the outside, a third brake light and wider rear track revealed this wasn’t an ordinary ‘Vette. Under the hood, there was the LT4 Lotus-engineered V8 engine. It produced 375 HP and later 400 HP thanks to the quad-cam heads and 32 valves.
The motor was an engineering marvel and it performed exceptionally well. With a beefed-up suspension and gearbox, as well as a pair of extra wide rear tires, the 1989 Corvette ZR1 was fast. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars of the era and a true modern classic today.