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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|2015 Chevrolet CorvetteBrowse Used Listings||2015 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2015 Dodge Viper SRTBrowse Used Listings||2015 Nissan GT-RBrowse Used Listings||2015 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Premium Unleaded V-8||N/A||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Two Seater||Two-Seaters||N/A||Subcompact Cars||Two-Seaters|
|2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V8||N/A||2-Door Coupe Premium||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||N/A||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||N/A||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2015 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2015 Audi R8||2015 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2015 Dodge Viper SRT||2015 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2015 Nissan GT-R||2015 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z|