2014 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sets a new benchmark for value among well-equipped, comfortable, high-performance sports cars.
German precision and handling combines with Italian power to create a superb supercar that's also fit for daily use.
The 2014 SRT Viper trades many of its rough edges for refined capability, but it's still a gruff, focused supercar.
Sensual? No, but the 2014 Nissan GT-R overwhelms our circuits with unearthly performance and grip.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z continues to deliver good value and big sports car grins.
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