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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?
Ferrari F12berlinetta: Another masterpiece from Maranello.
Ferrari’s civilian buyers, once considered merely a source of funds for racing efforts, are now important enough to drive vehicle design and development. The company is even throwing in seven years of free maintenance. Suddenly, the road-car customer is king at Ferrari, and it’s good to be the king
The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit.
Killing Tires With a Ferrari F12. The world's most powerful road-going Ferrari proves more thrilling than fearsome.
Five sets of tyres, a 740hp Ferrari V12 Berlinetta and the most beautiful circuit in Europe. Chris Harris is up to his usual antics in this awesome Ferrari F12 video where he drives it at 10/10ths. 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta.
The word intimidation is probably the perfect way to describe what it must be like to drive a naturally aspirated V-12 that screams to 9,000+ RPM. This ultra high-performance 2-seater. The F12 is so fast and brutal in response to the smallest input that you are constantly busy, and it is definitely more supercar than GT.
Check out Chris Harris' video and some others we found. Don't forget to read our full Ferrari F12berlinetta review and see the top videos of the Ferrari F12 we rounded up.