The 2015 Corvette Stingray Blows the Competition Away
I decided to do it. I decided to finally live out my dreams and purchase a true sports car. No, I don't mean one of the smaller, entry-level muscle cars. I mean something with some serious horses behind it. Growing up, I filled my room with posters of Corvettes, Porches, Ferraris and the like. So, I finally decided to make it all happen. I decided to compare three different sports coupes on the top of my list and let the figures do the talking. The three vehicles I compared were the 2015 Corvette Z51 3LT Coupe (aka, the Stingray), the 2015 Porsche 911 2DR CPE Carrera and the 2015 Porsche Cayman 2DR CPE S.
PriceNaturally, the first thing I look at when shopping around for a vehicle has always been the sticker price. I'm sure I'm not alone in that, so I was a bit surprised at the price difference. The MSRP on the Corvette sat right at $60,000. The Porsche Cayman cost a bit more at $63,800 while the 911 jumped up considerably to $84,300. Although not a deal breaker, the fact that the 911 cost $24,000 more than the Stingray right off the bat really started to turn me off. Plus, what if I wanted to get some upgrades? I didn't even want to think about what that would do to the price!
PerformanceNow, this is really what I wanted to look into. When buying a sports car, it is all about how the vehicle performs. The Stingray came in with a burly V8 engine while both the Porsche models use an unleaded H-6. A decade ago, this might have been a red flag that a sports car would use a V6, but due to performance improvements in the last several years, that is not always a sign that the vehicle is inferior in terms of performance. With the larger engine, the Corvette showcased a full 6.2L 376 against the 3.4L 210 for both the Porsche vehicles. It was odd to me that both the Porsches would use the same engine, even though the 911 cost $20,000 more than the Cayman. The Corvette and the Cayman really started to pull away in my book at this point. The horsepower and torque told the complete story. The Stingray gave 460 horsepower and 465 pound feet of torque while the 911 produces 350 horsepower and 287 pound feet of torque with the Cayman dropping down to 325 and 273, respectively. Really, in terms of performance, the two Porsches didn't stand a chance against the Stingray.
Fuel EconomyYou would think that the Corvette, with its larger engine in comparison to the two Porsches and offering a substantial upgrade in horsepower and torque, couldn’t possibly offer better fuel economy, but it does! The EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the Stingray was an impressive 29 MPG. The 911 boasted 27 MPG and the Cayman features 28 MPG. This really caught me off guard that I could get a better engine, better performance and better fuel economy, all in the same car that costs less than the others. Beyond that, both the Porsches had 16.9 gallon gas tanks with the Corvette boasting a larger 18.5 gallon one, meaning I can go farther in it between fill-ups.
WarrantyChevy offers a 100,000 powertrain/drivetrain limited warranty or five years, while the Porsches sat at 50,000 miles and four years and the same proved true with Roadside Assistance (100,000/5 years vs 50,000/4 years). On top of it that, the 2015 Corvette came with a two-year maintenance warranty while neither of the Porsches came with this kind of warranty at all. The Corvette won this battle, as well.
We Have a WinnerOverall, the Corvette Stingray just took my breath away while also giving me superior fuel economy with a better engine and a less expensive price tag. The Corvette simply proved to be the better vehicle and I'm now the proud owner of one!
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