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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?
Henry Catchpole heads to the Transfagarasan highway in Romania, in search of the world's greatest driving road. His car of choice? The Jaguar F-type V8S...
The new Jaguar F-Type represents a return to the company's heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. The F-Type is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable sports cars ever built. Joining the XK convertible and coupe models, the new F-Type provides Jaguar with a broader line of sports and GT models.
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type combines low vehicle weight (starting at 3,521 pounds), high power (340hp, 380hp and 495hp versions) and superb aerodynamics to achieve a pure sports car experience, yet with Jaguar elegance and luxury.
A true two-seat sports car, the all-new Jaguar F-Type is equipped with a modern, lightweight soft top that, when lowered, serves as its own tonneau cover. This not only provides a weight savings, but also improves packaging and contributes to the car's low center of gravity for greater agility. The top can be fully raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. Its multi-layer construction includes a Thinsulate® lining for optimal thermal and sound-insulating properties.
This is a prototype of the top flight Jaguar F-type R coupé, a 542bhp monster driven here by Steve Sutcliffe at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. It's so good that after a few laps Sutcliffe thinks the car deserves comparison with the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Watch as Sutcliffe takes a brave pill and switches off all the safety systems to find out just how poised and well-balanced the new Jaguar F-type coupe is. Then look on in as he drives ex-F1 ace Martin Brundle's Eagle Jaguar E-type to trace this new car's history.
490hp, small, very pretty: is that enough to make the fastest F-Type a 911 rival? And would an Aston do the job of a Brit roadster better? This video by Chris Harris gives you the full rundown.
Full disclosure, this is the car I drive so I am totally biased. When I was looking to lease a car a few years ago I checked out all the usual suspect, BMW M3, Audi RS4 and of course the Mercedes C63 AMG. After driving all of them it was an easy decision, the C63 AMG was the most fun.
Well, the current naturally aspirated C63 AMG is going away soon. It is going to be replaced by a twin-turbo V8 which will likely be awesome. However, the is just something about a normally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 and that level of immediacy that can't be matched by a blower motor.
Check out Chris Harris take the final Edition 507-equipped wagon around a racetrack, mostly sideways. Chris Harris has released this tribute video to summarize his thoughts on the car which are really positive. What made the Mercedes C63 AMG something of a legend was its naturally-aspirated M156 6.2 liter V8 engine as well as crisp handling and a soundtrack that was utterly addictive. This engine and that car really deserve a special send-off.
One video wasn't enough so we also found some of our favorite Youtube videos to share with you. We've said it before that AMG makes the best V8s. Listening to the videos below you can see why. That 6.2 liter V8 engine is special. Enjoy.
DRIFTING: BMW M3 GTS vs Mercedes C63 AMG - Fifth Gear. Part 2 of our head to head of the Super Coupes, the BMW M3 GTS vs the Mercedes C63 AMG Black series. This time Jason takes on former F1 Ferrari driver Mika Salo in a drift off!
New Audi RS4, Old Audi RS4s, New RS4 v C63. We drive the new Audi RS4, try the original B5, the amazing B7 and then match the latest version against the 6.2 litre Mercedes C63.
Technically, this isn't one video of the day, it is four videos. Sorry :)
The kind folks at Lamborghini lent the guys at Autocar a few Lamborghinis for a day. So they did exactly what we wanted them to do, they put them through a bunch of awesome tests and challenges to see which was better. A Lamborghini Aventador coupe versus a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Which one would you choose?
Lamborghini Aventador Test: Will It Jump?
Lamborghini Aventador Test: How Loud is It?
Lamborghini Aventador Test: Drag Race
Lamborghini Aventador Test: Handling Circuit