A Mustang and a Corvette don’t really compete within the same kingdom. Car and Driver understands this, but they also understand both vehicles represent attainable American performance for relative masses. In other words, there isn’t a need to take out a second mortgage to own one of these cars.
In the pursuit of everyday track performance, the 2016 C7 Corvette Stingray showed up outfitted with the Z51 performance package and the seven-speed manual gearbox, while the Mustang Shelby GT350 arrived with its 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 and its track-pack goodies, too.
This isn’t a standard performance comparison, because the C7 Corvette denies the GT350 that title outright. But, instead, C&D put both cars through their paces to understand which is more livable, and which provides the best feedback and fun in the real world. Whether that be scenic backroads, stop-and-go traffic and freeway driving, the real world is, for better or worse, where we spend most of our time.
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