Compare 2012 Chevrolet Corvette vs 2012 Nissan 370Z vs 2012 Porsche Cayman

2012 Chevrolet Corvette
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2-Door Conv Z16 Grand Sport w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corvette 2-Door Conv Z16 Grand Sport w/1LT 16 26 $54,236 $59,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv Z16 Grand Sport w/2LT 16 26 $54,236 $59,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv Z16 Grand Sport w/3LT 16 26 $54,236 $59,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv Z16 Grand Sport w/4LT 16 26 $54,236 $59,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/1LT 16 26 $49,686 $54,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/2LT 16 26 $49,686 $54,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/3LT 16 26 $49,686 $54,600
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/4LT 16 26 $49,686 $54,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/1LZ 15 24 $68,796 $75,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/2LZ 15 24 $68,796 $75,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/3LZ 15 24 $68,796 $75,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z16 Grand Sport w/1LT 16 26 $50,960 $56,000
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z16 Grand Sport w/2LT 16 26 $50,960 $56,000
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z16 Grand Sport w/3LT 16 26 $50,960 $56,000
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z16 Grand Sport w/4LT 16 26 $50,960 $56,000
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/1ZR N/A N/A $104,346 $111,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/3ZR N/A N/A $104,346 $111,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/1LT 16 26 $45,136 $49,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/2LT 16 26 $45,136 $49,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/3LT 16 26 $45,136 $49,600
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/4LT 16 26 $45,136 $49,600
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $31,457 $33,580
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $35,452 $38,280
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $30,241 $32,280
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,916 $41,660
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $34,250 $36,980
370Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $37,506 $40,500
370Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $41,205 $44,500
370Z 2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $40,002 $43,200
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cayman 2-Door Coupe 19 27 $46,530 $51,900
Cayman 2-Door Coupe R 19 27 $59,490 $66,300
Cayman 2-Door Coupe S 19 26 $55,710 $62,100
Cayman 2-Door Coupe S Black Edition 19 26 $60,570 $67,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$54,236
$31,457
$46,530
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$59,600
$33,580
$51,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$993 / month
$560 / month
$865 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.2
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
From fast to insanely fast, yet still practical and affordable, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a great balance and a strong value. Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars. The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 54.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.2 37.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 54.4 51.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
52.0 51.6 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.9 33.5
Passenger Capacity
2 2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.5 61.0 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.84 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
175.6 167.2 172.3
Height, Overall (in)
48.7 51.8 51.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 100.4 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 72.6 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 6.9 14.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x 1.3 12.6 x 1.1 12.5 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 x 1.0 12.6 x 0.6 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 19 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 34.7 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 13.5 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 32.8 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P325/30ZR19 245/45WR18 P235/50R/17
Rear Tire Order Code
XFA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P275/35ZR18 225/50WR18 P205/55R/17
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17 NA
Front Tire Order Code
XFA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3289 3283 2932
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 12.0 18 x 9.0 17 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.9 9.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6 Gas Flat 6-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
424 @ 4600 270 @ 5200 221 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
LS3 VQ37VHR NA
Displacement
6.2L/378.3 3.7L/- TBD - 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
430 @ 5900 332 @ 7000 265 @ 7200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.36 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 0.86 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.97 4.92 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.43 2.04 1.43
Trans Type
6 7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.28 3.97 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.07 3.19 2.12
Trans Order Code
MZ6 NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.77 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Corvette Nissan 370Z Porsche Cayman
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spring Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Short/Long Arm Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spring Multi-Link NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.3 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 5 5

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