2012 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Though the Corvette sits alone as the fastest American production supercar and sports car range, the Dodge Viper is due to return for 2013, bringing with it new refinement and a potential challenge.

Nissan's 370Z and Porsche's Boxster also offer some competition to the bottom of the Corvette range, while the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 fight it out against the top.

The Corvette's strength is being able to play competitively in all of these fields with its blend of high performance, affordable pricing, and ample power.

All of the alternatives except for the GT-R either sacrifice performance for affordability or affordability for performance; the GT-R's weakness is in maintenance and running costs.

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From fast to insanely fast, yet still practical and affordable, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a great balance and a strong value.
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The 2012 GT-R outraces some of the world's top sports cars, at a fraction of their price.
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The 2012 Porsche 911 is one of the best buys in the sports car market, and quite possibly the most practical, luxurious car at its performance level available.
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Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
MSRP From   
$49,600$89,950$79,000$48,100
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas V6Gas Flat 6Gas Flat-6
EPA Class   
Two SeaterSubcompactMini-CompactTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe w/2LT2-Door Coupe Premium2-Door Coupe Carrera (997)2-Door Roadster
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2442
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2 Door SedanCoupeConvertible
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual