Often referred to as America’s sports car, the Chevy Corvette is considered by many as the epitome of American performance. That being said, it may be odd to some that crosstown-rival Ford doesn’t offer a competitor to GM’s halo vehicle. Now, according to Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr., the Blue Oval doesn’t need a Vette rival.
As reported by GM Authority sister-publication Ford Authority, the sheer amount of testing Ford has performed on C8 Stingray and C8 Z06 variants might indicate that the Blue Oval is considering fielding a Corvette rival; maybe even reviving the dormant Thunderbird nameplate. However, Ford Jr. claims that the success of the Ford Mustang – in regard to both sales and performance – negates the need for a Vette-killer.
“Why are you not building a sports car similar to Corvette?” Ford Jr. was quoted as saying. “Are you kidding? We have the Mustang, which I think is by far the best sports car in America and frankly, the world now. It’s affordable. It’s faster than all get out. And it’s about as good as you could possibly get. And we’re going racing with Mustang. For the enthusiasts, we have an EcoBoost Mustang, we now have an electric Mustang in the Mach-E, and we have our all-new five-liter Mustang Dark Horse, which we just introduced. And we have more coming. So, I wouldn’t trade our sports car for anybody else’s, let’s put it that way.”
It’s worth noting that the Mustang Dark Horse is indeed a capable performance machine in its own right, and features a six-speed manual transmission (the C8 is only available with an dual-clutch automatic transmission) and 500 ponies.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette is available with two unique powerplants, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, the upcoming 2024 Corvette E-Ray stands apart as the only hybrid and AWD Vette ever, and combines the aforementioned LT2 engine with an electric motor on the front axle to bring total output up to 655 horsepower.