While the Corvette's front-engine/rear-drive layout and V-8 engine makes it somewhat unique in today's sports car world--at least at its price point--there are alternatives that offer similar performance and price, though they get there in very different ways.
The Nissan GT-R is best compared to the top end of the Corvette range, and even then, only when it comes to lap times--the GT-R's back seat may be minimal, but the Corvette has none; the GT-R's all-wheel drive system is proven and capable; and there are literally worlds of difference between the styling of the two--the GT-R looks like it's from another planet.
Audi's R8 is a legitimate alternative, though again, it's all-wheel drive, mid-engined, and dramatically different in style.
The R8 can also be considerably more expensive than even the top Corvette, but it rewards that price difference with superior materials and build quality.
The Nissan 370Z is best compared to the entry-level portion of the Corvette range, and while the Corvette is slightly more expensive, it's not completely out of the ballpark--and in terms of outright performance, the Corvette is the winner on every level.
The most direct and natural competitor to the Corvette is its cross-town rival, the SRT Viper.
Powered by a huge V-10 engine, and considerably more dramatic-looking, the Viper has polished its rough edges and is now just about as refined and civilized as the Corvette.
The Viper, however, doesn't offer lower-priced entry models--it competes only with the upper end of the Corvette range.
|2014 Chevrolet Corvette||2014 Audi R8||2013 Dodge SRT Viper||2013 Nissan 370ZGet FREE Price Quote|
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|N/A||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD|