Chevy Corvette vs Ford Mustang
Few cars have turned more heads or given more thrills to drivers and their passengers than the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang. The Corvette, in one guise or another, has been in constant production since 1953 and featured on competitive racetracks across the country and around the world ever since. Ford unveiled the popular Mustang a decade later in 1964, and it became a hit, particularly after Steve McQueen used one to chase after bad guys on the streets of San Francisco in one of the most iconic car-chase scenes of all time, in the 1968 police action film, Bullitt.
Racing PedigreesNow, all these decades later, both cars remain in production and are better than ever in terms of performance and jaw-dropping great looks. Although both have successful racing backgrounds, each has taken its own style cues and goes about doing things a bit differently. The current production Corvette follows more of a supercar heritage with its exotic design that incorporates a lot of angles and sharp lines for maximum aerodynamics and performance. The Mustang, on the other hand, evokes the classic American muscle cars with its menacing front grill and V8 engine.
At the Heart of the MatterPropelling the Chevrolet Corvette down the road and around the racetrack is an exceptionally powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and even more rear-wheel torque. The Corvette no longer sports a supercharger and instead relies on an all-new fuel injection system to ensure peak performance from the powerful engine. The Corvette’s race-inspired body design greatly reduces drag and helps to keep the tires firmly planted on the pavement. It features highly responsive steering as well. The Mustang created the “Pony Car” when it debuted in 1964, with its elongated front end, potent engine, and short rear end. Today’s Mustang is available in a relatively pedestrian and affordable base model with a 210-horsepower V6, while its sportier big brothers have engines based on the reliable and potent 4.6-liter V8 Ford engine, which tops 300 horses in stock trim. Buy a Mustang Shelby GT500, and the car becomes a challenger to the Corvette in terms of performance. The GT500 is capable of more than 660 horsepower and nearly as many pounds-feet of rear wheel torque, but that still isn’t enough to beat the Corvette anywhere but in a straight line. And are you really going to be drag racing?
Costly American PerformanceWhen opting for a Corvette or a Mustang GT500, you can anticipate spending close to $70,000. Of course, less powerful and more affordable versions of the Corvette and Mustang are available. The GT500 can go from 0-60 miles per hour, mph, in 4.1 seconds, while the Corvette takes 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph. The Mustang covers the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds and 120.6 mph, versus 12.4 seconds and 113.7 mph for the Corvette. But that straight-line power won’t do you a lot of good when it comes to taking the corners. When it comes to rounding a road course, the more than 400 pounds lighter, lower, and more agile Corvette is king. It’s superior weight distribution, lower profile, smooth power delivery, and outstanding steering, suspension, and braking components make it an ideal ride. The Mustang certainly is no slouch when rounding a racecourse, but its emphasis on muscle makes it more of a straight-line racer that doesn’t perform as well when the road gets curvy.
Choose ChevyThere is no real loser when it comes to choosing a Corvette or a Mustang. They both are great at what they do, have long, storied histories, and are world-class racecars. In a straight line, the Mustang has an edge, but only a slight one, over the Corvette. When it comes time to round a track and turn left and right, employ braking, and constantly test your steering and suspension components, the Corvette is the superior car. Superb handling on the open road and sexy, exotic styling make the Corvette the ideal choice when trying to decide between the quintessential modern American muscle car in the Ford Mustang or the most advanced domestic production race car ever built in the Chevrolet Corvette. Choose Chevy and visit one your local Valley Chevy dealers to test drive the Corvette.
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