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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.

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Performance at 30 MPG

July 11th, 2013

2000 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette is not a spectacular supercar. The base model uses a 5.7-liter V8 to deliver 345 hp, which the EPA rates at 15 mpg city/25 highway.

Fun, yes. Super, no.

The Corvette has always been the value-priced sports car playing in the land of supercars. For buyers looking for cheap horsepower, the ‘Vette fits the bill. It’s never been the most refined or comfortable or elegant, but that’s not what Corvette buyers of the past ever expected. Just raw, straight-line power.

The used market has lots of Corvettes from the last 6 generations for sale. The 2000 model I referenced generally is listed at around $10,000, which makes for an incredibly cheap sports-car experience.

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Cars Coming Soon: C7 Corvette Gets a 1/13/13 Birthdate

October 25th, 2012

One rendering of the C7 Corvette

I can’t think of a car that’s ever gotten more attention before anyone knows anything about it. To say the next-generation Corvette is hotly anticipated is like saying the upcoming election is mildly competitive.

Speculation regarding the C7 ‘Vette has run rampant for over three years. (One of the first posts about it on our blog was in September 2009, when we were convinced the split rear window would return.)

Only now are we beginning to get clues as to what will power the car, but we’re still mostly in the dark about what it’ll look like or what its exact specs will be.

So far we know two things for sure: The car will debut on January 13 next year, and at least one engine option will be an all-new small-block 6.2-liter V8 known as the LT1.

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