It’s a question that many have asked: Corvette or M3? Though both cars present different packages and approaches (eight-cylinders vs. six, two seats vs. four), the two sports cars seem to have a common mission: a chance to drive a flat-out performance car for less than six figures.
Armed with a long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and a short-term 2015 BMW M4 (formerly the M3 coupe), Automobile Magazine decided to answer the question by taking the dynamic duo to Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.
The clear winner here is the Corvette Stingray. That’s not to belittle the M4, which AM’s Road Test Editor and chief BMW champion Christopher Nelson refers to as “fantastic”. But even Nelson ultimately admits that he “can’t help thinking I’d have more fun in [the Corvette].”
Besides being the better performer, Nelson’s wallet will also be happier with the decision, as the magazine notes that the M4, as tested, cost a whopping $18,140 more than their long-term Corvette Stingray – a Z51-packaged car they openly admit cost “some $15,000 more than the base Stingray.” So, if you need a 400-plus horsepower speed machine, you now have your answer. Watch: