The Corvette and the Porsche 911 have always been fierce rivals both in the showroom and on the race track, so it should be no surprise that prospective C8 Corvette buyers are cross-shopping it with the rear-engine German sports car more than any other vehicle.
It’s easy to see why so many sports car fans are comparing the C8 Corvette Stingray with the 992-generation Porsche 911 before deciding which of these two iconic sports cars to put in their garage. The Vette and the 911 are similar in price and outright performance – especially now that the Chevy has moved from a front-engine layout to a more capable mid-engine setup.
The base MSRP for a 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is $100,550 including delivery, processing and handling fees. This version of the sports car comes standard with a 3.0L twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 379 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque between 1,950 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With a 3,354 pound curb weight, the 911 Carrera boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 8.9 lbs per horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds (3.8 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono pack equipped) and will top out at 182 mph.
The faster Porsche 911 Carrera S, meanwhile, starts at $116,450. This model features a similar twin-turbo 3.0L flat-six producing 443 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 390 pound-feet of torque between 2,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm. It has a slightly higher curb weight of 3,382 pounds, giving it a power to weight ratio of 7.7 lbs per horsepower. It boasts a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds (3.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack) and tops out at 191 mph.
Now let’s compare the above statistics with the C8 Corvette. The mid-engine American sports coupe comes standard with a 6.2L LT2 V8 engine producing 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, but with the optional Performance Exhaust equipped, those numbers grow to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet. With a curb weight of 3,366 pounds, it boasts an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 6.8 lbs per horsepower. This enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and reach a top speed of 194 mph. Prices start at an impressively low $59,995 and many of the optional extras will be more affordable than those on the 911, as well.
There’s more to a car than on-paper statistics like these, of course. Buyers also take into account things like styling, build quality, handling/steering feel, interior features and technology when buying a car, and a customers’ opinion on these various characteristics will be subjective. One thing is for sure, though: if you want a fast car at a price no other company in the industry can match, the C8 Corvette is the way to go.