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REV TO THE LIMIT
With a bargain price tag and supercar performance, the Corvette C7 Stingray has rebooted the iconic American sports car. But can it compete with Europe's best: the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-type?
The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. It marks the return of the Stingray; in name, at least. It certainly looks good on paper: all-new styling, chassis, cabin and - most importantly - the new LT1 V8 engine. But how does it fare against the best that Europe can offer? Can it out-accelerate and out-brake a Porsche 911? Does it sound better than a Jaguar F-type? Can it out-handle an Audi R8? Steve Sutcliffe referees the biggest sports car battle of 2014.
This isn't the first comparison test for the new C7 Stingray either. Late last year the guys at Motor Trend pitted it up against the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and the explosive Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The Ferrari is the most powerful car they had ever taken around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with its ferocious 6.3-liter 731 horsepower V-12. The Corvette comes packing the latest version of GM's venerable small block, a 6.2-liter cam-in-block V-8 that kicks out 460 hp and 465 pound-feet of torque. The Porsche and its relatively tiny 3.8-liter flat-6 might seem out gunned, but remember that for the last two years the 911 has beaten back every BDC challenger they had thrown at it. Does the Corvette have what it takes to dethrone the 911? Does the wailing Ferrari? Watch and find out!
More recently our personal favorite car journo Chris Harris compared the new Corvette with the Porsche 911 Carerra S. Interestingly, Chris points out that the Corvette costs the same as the optional extras fitted to the Porsche. And it still does 190mph. Which wins?