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.
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|2014 Chevrolet CorvetteBrowse Used Listings||2014 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2014 Dodge Viper SRTBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan GT-RBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Premium Unleaded V-8||N/A||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Two Seater||Two-Seaters||N/A||Subcompact Cars||Two-Seaters|
|2-Door Coupe w/2LT||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V8||N/A||2-Door Coupe Premium||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||N/A||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||N/A||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|