2013 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

For a couple of years, the Corvette sat alone as the fastest production American super/sports car, but for 2013, the SRT Viper is back.

It's an even more extreme vehicle in many ways, though its all-new interior design, improved quality, and ZR1-matching power could put it back in front.

There are no lower-tier models of the Viper, however, leaving the Corvette a solid alternative short of supercar status.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is likewise considerably more expensive than base Corvettes, but slightly cheaper than the ZR1, with similar performance, but done in a completely different manner.

The 2012 Porsche 911 is every bit as good (and in many ways better) at the day-to-day driving, more nimble in the corners, but slightly less powerful and not as blindingly fast in the straights.

The 2013 Porsche Boxster could offer an attractive alternative to buyers looking at the lower end of the Corvette range, especially if top-down sporty driving and style are priorities.

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2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS2013 Dodge Viper
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Quick Specs
Balanced, comfortable, and very fast (or very, very fast), the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette promises to ring out the C6 generation with grace and aptitude as well as attitude.
The 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is undeniably a supercar, fearsome in its aspect and performance, but it still has some rough edges--and might not command the respect an Italian or German marque would.
At a fraction of the price, the 2013 Nissan GT-R beats some of the top supercars to the punch, although their sensuality is missing.
Still a tremendous value, the 2013 Porsche 911 range offers a great balance between dedicated sports car handling and daily practicality.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster is one of the most fun, stylish, and luxurious roadsters available.
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Gas V8Gas V10Turbocharged Gas V6Gas Flat 6Gas Flat-6
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Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
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ManualManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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