Looking at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 and the 2014 Nissan GT-R side-by-side is an interesting comparison. Aside from being performance cars (can we call them supercars?), they are essentially two different answers to the same equation. And Edmunds has provided the internet with a proper tale of the tape.
The GT-R, alias “Godzilla,” features a dual-clutch automatic transmission, AWD, and 545 horsepower emitting from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6. It seats four people, has an arguably cheap, yet functional interior, and weighs just under two tons (3,829lbs). On top of all of this, it costs $97,820 as tested. A bargain, considering it can accelerate from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, just behind the seven-figure Bugatti Veyron.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is a much different story. It’s comes standard with a seven-speed manual transmission, is solely RWD, and pushes 460hp from its naturally-breathing 6.2-liter V8. It seats two people, has a much nicer interior, and weighs a more lithe 3,444lbs. The power to weight is good enough for the C7 to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. Though compared to the GT-R, the Corvette’s price point is a mind-bender. As tested, the 2014 Stingray totals at $68,000. Mind you, this is not the top-of-the-line ‘Vette for the C7 generation.
Yes, the Nissan is faster, but is it $30,000 faster than the American icon? That’s subjective. Yet overall, Edmunds found that the C7 was a better driving experience over the GT-R, and had less intrusive electronic aids. So while the Nissan GT-R may be a quarter-mile king, we’ll still take the Chevy for all things involving a road course. Oh, and the exhaust note(s).