Compare 2009 Chevrolet Corvette vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

2009 Chevrolet Corvette
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
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2-Door Conv w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/1LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/2LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/3LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/4LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/1LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/2LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/3LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/1ZR 14 20 $96,692 $103,970
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/3ZR 14 20 $96,692 $103,970
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/1LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/2LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/3LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/4LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
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2-Door Roadster 5.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SLR McLaren 2-Door Roadster 5.5L 12 16 $460,350 $495,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$48,164
$460,350
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,220
$495,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$887 / month
$8250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
While the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette provides plenty of impressive performance to dream and/or brag about, this car is not a one-trick pony. If ever there were a practical sportscar, this is it. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren rips off racetrack runs like a Ferrari -- at a similar pricetag.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 12 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 16 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Mini-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.6 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
52 48.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 36.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 44.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 64.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
174.6 183.3
Height, Overall (in)
49.1 49.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.6 75.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 7.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.26 14.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 x 1.0 14.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 25.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Speed Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P285/35ZR19 P295/30R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P255/35R19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3222 4023
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 10.0 19 x 11.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 9.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
424 @ 4600 575 @ 3250 - 5000
Engine Order Code
LS3 NA
Displacement
6.2L/378.3 5.5L/332
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
430 @ 5900 617 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI SEFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 12
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 3.17 (R2 1.93)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.78 2.19
Trans Order Code
MN6 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.06
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.50 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.66 3.59
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Corvette Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spr Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Short/Long Arm Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spr Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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