Edmunds recently set out to answer one simple question: If you have $70,000 dollars to spend on an everyday sports car, what do you buy? Certainly the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 and the 2013 E92 BMW M3 are two of the best sports cars on sale, but could you use them every day? And if so, which ones better?
Although the M3 and the Stingray are both very different, they share some interesting characteristics In that they are more livable than most cars with similar performance figures. However at the track, there is no competition between these two. The Stingray’s best lap around the Streets of Willow Springs was a 1:24.55 achieving a top speed of 112.5 mph, compared to the M3’s 1:29.02 at a top speed of 105.26 mph.
The figures from acceleration testing tell a similar story. The Stingray, with all 460 hp from its 6.2 liter V8, reaches 60 from a standstill in 4.3 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 113.7 mph. The German from Munich and its 414 hp 4.0 liter V8 managed to complete the quarter-mile in 13 seconds at a trap speed of 109 mph.
Power aside, the Stingray also pulls ahead on the skidpad, achieving a lateral g reading of 1.05g compared to the M3’s 0.92 g. The C7 darted through the slalom at 73.5 mph, while the M3 comes in a little slower at 70.3 mph. The lighter Vette’ also stopped shorter, slowing from 60 mph to 0 in 99 feet, with the M3 taking 104 feet to stop from the same speed.
Edmunds reports that although the Corvette gave the M3 a proper ass whipping at the track, they would still have the M3 as a daily driver, citing a proper traditional trunk, 4 seats and a more memorable driving experience as their reasoning.
After this test, the C7 continues to solidify itself as the ultimate performance bargain. As tested, the 2013 M3 Lime Rock Park edition came in at $73,000, when you could have the more powerful Vette’ as tested for $69,375. But with a new BMW M3 set to launch next year, we’re sure the Germans will manage to at least narrow the gap in performance.