Has the Corvette Finally Arrived as a Supercar?

August 27th, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

In all my years on this planet, never, not once, have I done a double head turn to check out a Corvette.

Corvettes just aren’t my thing. I see them on almost every outing, whether they be models from the early ’60s on the way to a classic car show, models from the ’80s and ’90s being driven by aging gearheads or later models piloted by post-midlife-crisis 50-somethings.

Corvettes are nearly as common as Hondas around here, and their design has never left me with the desire to exert the necessary energy to look twice. In fact, I usually try to look away as soon as possible, because I’m completely turned off by the Corvette and everything it represents.

So earlier this week, when my heart gave an extra jump as I turned a corner and saw a sexy red supercar parallel parked downtown, I quickly turned my head to look again, then knew my lifetime streak was over.

I had looked twice at a Corvette.

There’s just something about the 2015 Corvette Stingray that doesn’t scream Corvette like the previous generations. There’s something sleek and sexy and, dare I say, exotic about the car. I haven’t driven one, but past Vettes haven’t come close to the driving pleasure provided by the likes of the Porsche 911. Of course, price is a huge part of the Corvette’s draw:

Low prices — at least by supercar standards — have long been the Chevy Corvette’s trump card. Every comparison with a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Nissan GT-R begins with noting how far below $100,000 the hot Z06 version comes, even if in previous generations the Vette lost ground on interior appointments and options.

The Z06, really the only trim in the Vette family worthy of the supercar moniker, will remain below $100,000, but not by much. With a starting price of almost $79,000 for the coupe and $83,000 for the convertible, options will easily push either car well into the $90,000 range.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

The car looks incredible and will have plenty of raw power on tap (upward of 640 horsepower), but for that price I have to wonder if buyers would be better off purchasing a late-model used 911 Turbo S. They’d sacrifice the huge horsepower number and over-the-top design but get a more refined and sophisticated car that’ll stand the test of time while still pumping out 530 horses. That’s enough for me!

For about $90,000, would you get a loaded new Corvette Z06 or a used Porsche 911 Turbo?

-tgriffith

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