I've always had a liking for Corvettes. But I've always had a passion for Porsches. From what I've heard, Porsches are reliable enough to drive all year-long. In fact, I think it's reliable enough to be your Honda Civic. (Not undermining the car, just merely commenting on reliability).
Personally, I've never owned a Corvette or a Porsche. But I do know something about cars. Corvettes have truly large engines. The Z06 had a 5700CC V8. The new ones have 7000CC V8s...at 600HP. A Porsche has a 3600CC Boxer 6, and weighs as much as a feather. So how can you seriously believe that the Vette can do 28-30 MPG? The Porsche can do 7.69Km/L. That's modest and what you could expect of a 3600CC car. But 28-30MPG? That's 12.68Km/L. So you're telling me that it has the same MPG as my 05 Honda CRV? (K20A4 model) Fat chance.
I've had two American cars, one with a 3.0 V6 and a 4.0 In-line 6. Both averaged 4.5 Km/L. American cars are not that frugal. Or reliable. Porsches on the other hand, are both.
PS: doesn't matter if you can go 0-60 faster, what matters is how fast you can go around corners in a track. American sports cars can't go around corners. The only proper sports cars they make are Mustangs and Corvettes. But a Porsche will still out maneuver a Corvette any day.
Dude... The Z06 vette has a similar weight and gets better gas mileage than a 911. Both great cars.
I don't even know why a 'Vette is being mentioned in the same breath as a Carrera 4S. The former is a muscle car that is all about straight-line speed. GM has made improvements in handling (but not in the cheap-cheap-cheap interior), but it's still a muscle car for middlebrow motorheads in the end. The 4S is all about the driving experience. So it's a few ticks "slower" than the 'Vette (if you can call 0-60 in 4.6 seconds "slow"). It's a far better built and engineered sports car.
The corvette has actually never been a muscle car. Muscle cars are the two door (most of the time), big engined counterparts of their regular 4 door same chassied cars. The corvette has always been a sports car. Yes, the handling used to be lacking to say the least, but it has since become a formidable opponent to Porsche's 911 line up. In fact, it is a direct competitor of the 911. That said, yes the Porsche is the far better engineered car. You pay for that though.
To me the Porsche is the plain unidentifiable one everywhere. We have a Viper and a Corvette and they are track capable 0-60 in under 4 seconds, and they do not break.
No offense, I know that the new Corvettes are more powerful than this Porsche no problem... but when you buy a Porsche (for some it's to show off just as much as the Vette or Ferrari owners), you don't look for gas mileage or that much of super power, although some are real rockets. No, you look for the twistiest road you can find! On a 100, 200, 500 miles trip (twisty), I would not be afraid of any Vette... Sorry for my English I'm French Canadian.
Porsche is at the top of quality manufacturing.. Chevy is not. If all you care about is horsepower.. then drive your Vette until it breaks down.. which it will often. But if you want a serious sports machine that is built by hand with quality materials and craftsmanship.. then Porsche is your brand.
For those who don't ever jump the pond, when Europeans say "[American] cars are great straight-line cars" they are politely trying to point out that American cars (sport, GT, etc.) are absolutely horrible at taking turns and handling, hence a 'straight-line' car. An unbiased driver has no allusions about this, as it's an engineering design performance issue. American manufacturers have shifted gears though, and with new technology are working to lessen this stigma.
Late model Corvettes and Vipers are supercars. Not muscle cars. There is nothing to make any excuse for, especially with the 2014 Corvette technology. The drivetrains are bulletproof. Beats having oil leaks and wallet busting maintenance. I could care less about gas mileage. The part I enjoy is not tying up my free time to and from a shop after work.
Straight line, hardly. We have a Viper that will squash that myth. They are low production with race inspired frames. Not like cars that are parked at suburban malls and sitting at golf clubs. A lot of Europeans are driving the reliable domestic super cars vs having their valves adjusted in Ferraris every 4000 miles. Or having to drop an engine for a tune up. As far as many British cars, they are lucky to make it to car shows. We can race ours glued to the tracks on high speed turns, and drive it home with no issue.
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