2015 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Sticking with the classic front-engine, rear-drive, V-8 layout, but filtering it through modern engineering and technology, the Corvette Stingray continues to offer amazing performance combined with tremendous value.

Much of its competition takes other paths to arrive at a similar result, but few offer the bang for the buck of the Stingray.

The most direct and natural competitor to the Corvette is its cross-town rival, the SRT Viper.

A huge V-10 engine, considerably more dramatic looks, and a heavy dose of polish on its formerly rough edges have yielded a car that’s just about as refined and civilized as the Corvette and as quick or quicker.

But the Viper doesn't offer lower-priced entry models--it competes only with the far upper end of the Corvette range.

Audi's R8 is a legitimate alternative, to the Corvette, too, though with all-wheel drive, a mid-engine layout, and dramatically different style, it draws on a much different set of instincts and emotions.

The R8, like the Viper, can also be considerably more expensive than even the top Corvette, but it rewards that price difference with superior cabin materials and quality.

Nissan’s GT-R, though once a serious performance value, has grown increasingly pricey, and now is best compared only to the top end of the Corvette range, and even then, only when it comes to lap times.

For practicality, the GT-R offers quite a lot of appeal: its back seat may be mostly ceremonial, but the Corvette has none; the GT-R's all-wheel-drive system is capable on track and in bad weather; and there are worlds of difference between the styling of the two--the GT-R looks like it's from another planet.

Nissan’s smaller, less expensive sports car offering, the 370Z, can only really be compared to the entry-level portion of the Corvette range, and even then, only when the 370Z is in NISMO trim.

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.

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Quick Specs
8.8
With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car.
9.2
The 2015 Audi R8 is a supercar fit for daily driving, thanks to its German precision and Italian powerplant.
8.0
The 2015 Viper returns to the Dodge fold and includes incremental updates to its old big-engine, rear-drive formula.
8.2
Did you think the previous GT-R offered unearthly performance? The 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo takes it up a notch, with some added finesse.
8.0
The 2015 Nissan 370Z continues to offer excellent sports car value and personality.
MSRP From    
$55,000$115,900N/A$101,770$29,990
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-8N/ATwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Two SeaterTwo-SeatersN/ASubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V8N/A2-Door Coupe Premium2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveN/AAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22N/A42
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Coupequattro CoupeN/ACoupeCoupe
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODN/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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