2016 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Its Competition

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray upgraded with Corvette Z06 parts, 2015 SEMA show
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The C7 Corvette 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 competitor is a cross-town rival, the Dodge Viper.

A huge V-10 engine, considerably more dramatic looks, and a heavy dose of polish on its former rough edges have yielded a car about as refined and civilized as the Corvette and as quick or quicker in certain match-ups.

The Viper recently got a price cut with a lower-priced entry model that helps it compete a bit more evenly with base mid-range Vettes, plus an all-out ACR model to battle the Z06 on-track.

Audi's R8 is a legitimate alternative, as well, though with its all-wheel drive, mid-engine layout, it draws on a much different set of instincts and emotions.

Nissan’s GT-R has grown out of its performance-bargain phase and is aging though more powerful than ever; it's now best compared to the top end of the Corvette range.

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 optioned 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.

The Porsche 911 range offers more choice than the Corvette lineup and commensurately higher prices, with the 911 Turbo and GT3 providing good match-ups to the Z06 but with much higher price tags.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette's exceptional performance, style, comfort, and features, as well as its choice of high-power engines and body styles, adds up to an impressive sports car and grand tourer in one—and a car that won't break the bank.
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The big-engine, rear-drive formula never gets old—not when it's blessed with the 2016 Dodge Viper's stunning shape.
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With four seats, sub-three-second 0 to 60 mph times, an advanced all-wheel-drive system, and a reasonable sticker price, the 2016 Nissan GT-R is in a class by itself.
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The 2016 Nissan 370Z offers a wide range of performance options in two body styles, all of which represent good value in a segment of the sports-car world with few other similarly priced options.
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The 2015 Porsche 911 is an enthusiast's dream, with excellent handling, comfort, and performance at every step through its range.
MSRP From     
$55,400N/A$87,895$101,770$29,990$84,300
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8N/APremium Unleaded V-10Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6
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Style Name     
2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LTN/A2-Door Coupe GT2-Door Coupe Premium2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Carrera
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
2N/A2424
Passenger Doors     
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ManualN/AManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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