Two Surprising Cars to Challenge the Porsche 911

August 16th, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

When you’re the best in the business, everyone else wants to beat you. When you’re the best in the car business, everyone else wants to build a better car.

The thing is, when you’re the best, you rarely lose. When you feel the competition getting close, you up your game and make sure whatever you do next sets you apart and shows the world exactly why you’ve earned the title “The Best.”

In the sports car world, “The Best” is Porsche. Other carmakers desperately want to take down the 911, or at least field something somewhat comparable. That’s no easy task, but two recent reviews of new cars both come to the conclusion that Porsche has some surprising new challengers.

The first review involves the 2014 Jaguar F-Type S V8, about which the Wall Street Journal says,

If you flip the right switches, the V8 S transforms into something quite belligerent and intense, a British aristocrat well off his meds: The steering grows keen and twitchy, the adaptive suspension gets stingy, the throttle antsy, the torque-vectoring differential goes to work and pretty soon all four tires are chirping and squeaking madly around canyon hairpins.

With 495 hp from a 5.0-liter V8 good for 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and handling that rivals that of the super-Porsche, it seems Coventry has put Stuttgart on notice.

And so has the United States.

At this point you might have uttered something that sounded like, “What!?”

Certainly nothing inside the U.S. can rival a Porsche. Even more certainly, not a heavy chunk of iron from Detroit. Right?

A reviewer for CNN Money said,

Charging through a twisting two-lane road, the Corvette powered through curve after curve at speeds well above those suggested on the yellow signs, It felt as natural as walking. Firmly planted and balanced, the car never caused the slightest quiver of nervousness.It felt stuck to the pavement like a gecko to a glass door and the steering provided detailed but gentle feedback though my hands. [sic]

That’s one reviewer’s opinion, of course, and I don’t think the 2014 ‘Vette will stand up to the 911 in head-to-head comparison tests. Still, to even get the comparison is a giant step for Chevrolet.

With competition heating up, what’s Porsche got up its sleeve? Well, the production version of the 918 Spyder, for one thing.

Worry not, Porsche fans. Sometimes it just doesn’t get any better than “The Best.”

For $52,000, you could get a new Corvette or a used 911 Carrera 4 S. Which would you pick?

-tgriffith

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  1. Wu
    November 20th, 2013 at 04:35 | #1

    For 52k i wouldn’t get a Ferrari because of the rediculous maintainence costs, you’d be hard pressed to find a better new sports car than the c7, 0-60 in 3.9s 11.9 in the 1/4 mile and over 1g of lateral grip. A recent comparison between the Ferrari 599, 911 and c7 placed the Ferrari last, also Ferrari doesn’t built cars with a proper stick shift anymore, no point in turning heads if the car spends more time in the shop than on the road. For 52k I’d buy a used c6 zo6, or a used 911 turbo and if I wanted to turn heads I’d get a used viper, or mabey a classic like a pantera gt

  2. August 23rd, 2013 at 02:30 | #2

    “I don’t think the 2014 ‘Vette will stand up to the 911 in head-to-head comparison tests.”

    You might be surprised. We all might be.

  3. rob
    August 19th, 2013 at 12:01 | #3

    Ferrari! Randy you’re my type of dude.

  4. Randy
    August 19th, 2013 at 07:58 | #4

    I’d get neigher. For $52K, look at the carfinder and see how many nice Ferraris are available. Why drive a car that almost nobody will notice when you can drive a Ferrari that will turn everyone’s head?

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