Recently the 2016 Chevy Corvette went head to head against the 2016 Porsche 911. In their coverage they tried to cover every metric not just speed and handling in an attempt to determine an all around better driving and ownership experience.In so doing they wanted to try to address a lasting narrative that went something like, Porsche is simply the superior car, at best the argument is that Corvette is an option that is more cost effective, but everyone knew that the better of the two is the Bavarian big dogs. That is what most people usually remember and think but Corvette made a compelling argument that their new stingrays may be the new standard of performance and at a fraction of the price of the Porsche it may be an option worth celebrating and making for more reason than one.
At their first look the two of them couldn’t be more different. To the extent that One’s venerable symbol of German excellence in engineering, where as the other is sign of american muscle and a source of pride for the American way of life. It really is a culture class manifested in some steel and fiber glass.
The Porsche 911 will forever remain true to its roots and is a straight up 2+2 rear engine sport car that is relatively small, yet uber powerful and packs a compelling drive train.
The outgoing 2016 911 also holds the second place in terms of when it comes to luxury sports cars. The 2016 Porsche Boxer holds the top spot in most circles so no matter which way you go with Porsche you are usually in pretty goods hands.
When you look at the pricing of these two cars its a slam dunk all the way for the Corvette because it goes for an inspired $55,400, where as the base model of the 2017 Porsche 911 line up starts at $89,400. This is not to mention that the Carrera Cabriolets is based on its price of $101,700.
The range topping Corvette is also has the ZO6 that which is based price is $79,400. Porsche top end 2017 911 Turbo S Cabriolet starts at $200,400. This is all considered as a limited production runs ofter drive dealer prices for high end Porsche model higher than their suggested retail prices.
So its good to bear in mind that the price of the Porsche is nearly double that of the Corvette considering that when it comes to their performance they are in a virtual tie. Its a mixed bag when it comes to their speed metrics. The base Corvette is still faster than the 911 and has a better 0-60 mph. The Vette has an impressive 3.7 second versus the Porsche Carrera comes in just over 4.0 seconds. With Porsche, more speeds costs way more money than is justifiable in most circles.
What is interesting for this debate is when it comes to interior tech not only is the Corvette have more compelling speed and quickness its digital interface is flat out better and blows the Germans out of the water. This is inspiring for the future of Corvette and shows that they are here to stay in the top stop.