2010 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

While it may have several formidable rivals, the Corvette’s prime nemesis remains the Dodge Viper.

The Dodge now boasts an 8.4-liter V-10 engine pumping out an even 600 horsepower as its sole powertrain option and is humbled only by the ZR1.

Nissan’s GT-R also shows that it has what it takes to topple the Corvette, even approaching the ZR1 in performance.

Combined with its all-wheel-drive system and sophisticated electronics, the 480-horsepower Nissan proves itself worthy on more than one count.

The next closest competitor to the Corvette would have to be the Porsche 911.

With its range of models (rear- and all-wheel drive, naturally aspirated, and turbo powered), the German icon offers more choice and arguably more refinement than the American, though at a significant cost.

While the Porsche Boxster lines up nicely against the base Corvette, its six-cylinder engine is no match for the Chevy’s muscular V-8.

The same goes for Nissan’s 370Z, although the sound from the Z’s tailpipes may persuade even the most loyal of ‘Vette fans.

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Quick Specs
Stupendously fast yet amazingly practical, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is the supercar you can live with.
You could pilot the Space Shuttle with a PlayStation controller—or you could just sample the 2009 Nissan GT-R, one hellish lightsaber of a supercar.
The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.
The 2008 Dodge Viper is a stunning performer, a great-looking sportscar in any body form, and still a handful on public roads.
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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