Over the years, car enthusiasts can rely on certain competition. Camaro vs Mustang's latest Ferrari hot car compared to the Lamborghini hot car. One of the most controversial is Chevrolet Corvette versus Porsche 911. The latter is what we are following here recently 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 There is still one 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S In the hands of our 2020 editor car All-star test. If you have not read our 2020 All-Star Game report [No time like now], This is a disturbing alarm: C8 Corvette Z51 and 911 Carrera S have both won our list of winners. But everyone has a different way to get there. S points were won on our list of winners. But the way they bypass it is different.
of 2020 Chevrolet Corvette The Z51 is the latest sports car in the United States, but it is also an upcoming extreme supercar. GM engineers worked hard to ensure that the first central-engine Corvette [and the eighth generation since 1953] was ready to deliver world-class performance. Despite the angry, more aggressive variants on the way, this entry-level car The optional Z51 package is understandable for its potential. Starting with the center-mounted 6.2-liter V-8 [yes, it still has a push rod], it produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, adding an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronic limited-slip differential And Z51's unique high-performance brakes, suspension and rear axle ratio, you will have a real competitor. Our well-equipped car is priced at $ 83,825 for the all-inclusive package, including the $ 11,950 3LT advanced equipment kit, the $ 5,000 Z51 kit, and the $ 1,895 Z51 performance suspension with magnetic drive control, among other details.
at the same time, 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S hardly needs introduction. Now known as the 992 series 911 [this is also the eighth generation of 911 since 1964], this new car has many incremental improvements that can keep the overall formula unchanged, but can update performance in the new era. The rear-mounted water-cooled flat six-cylinder engine has a displacement of 3.0 liters, and together with two turbochargers produces 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Our test car has a rear axle steering option of $ 2,090, and a Porsche carbon ceramic brake of $ 8,970, a Porsche Porsche chassis control system of $ 3,170, and a sports package of $ 5,460, which includes the PASM Sport Suspension and Sport Chrono packages. Outside the door, our 911 has a list price of $ 143,350, which is nearly $ 60,000 higher than Corvette.
Corvette C8 Z51 and Porsche 911 S: Design
Put the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette next to the Porsche 911, they are all attractive cars, although Corvette's mid-engine layout, pointed front end and distinctive styling lines may Even more striking. The editor-in-chief of "Art Saint Anthony" was split, saying: "Well, I don't Love Busy and brass-colored appearance [is there a curved boomerang, or what?], But you can't deny the existence of Corvette's model play. "St. Antoine expanded the interior space:" How about the foreground. Even if it is internal [it looks so busy in the picture and does not need too many buttonholes], it is intuitive and fully meaningful in actual use. "Detroit editor Todd Lassa agreed, calling the cabin" … reasonably high quality and luxury ", while online editor Ed Tahaney made some ordering suggestions:" The blue spray paint looks good, but I don't recommend the use of light dashes , It will reflect a little sunlight on the windshield. "
Porsche? Social media editor Billy Rehbock found: "The evolutionary changes of 991.2 are performed very well until the new door handle." In 911, Rehbock was also very happy, he said: " I really care about the new center console, although I think I will be annoyed when I first see the media kit. "Contributing editor Rory Jurnecka said:" Porsche has excellent manufacturing quality, almost like a gem in execution "Overall, Porsche's style is muttering, not screaming, but it has been the same since then.
Corvette C8 Z51 and Porsche 911 S: track performance
In addition to appearance, how does Corvette and 911 match in terms of performance? To find out, we sampled these two cars on the winding streets of the Willow Racecourse in Rosamond, California. This 14-mile, 1.6-mile road is carved from the adjacent hillside and is a great place to explore the upper limit of the tram.
Before first boarding the C8 Corvette's driver's seat, our editor felt a little scared. After all, even for GM, it is not easy to create a new mid-engine sports car that can compete with the best cars in the world. Saint Antoine wrote in his notes: "I'm worried that this long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet may have a lot of problems." "My worry is not necessary. This new & # 39; Vette & # 39; is what it ran outside the park when it hit the ball for the first time. The damn driving was beautiful. The powertrain was glorious. "
Jurnecka pointed out: "Quick gear changes, the Corvette V-8's sound is great." "It's really a very easy car that reaches 8/10 points very quickly. The overall body control feels not as good as the Ferrari F8, but One quarter of the price, who cares? "
Our resident hot shoe racer Andy Pilgrim came out of the C8 after a few laps. He said: "It has a powerful launch function and can be pulled out strongly from zero miles per hour. Once Moving, C8 will pull off C7 like a gear, which makes sense, because the weights of the two are almost the same. "
At the same time, Porsche has received a lot of praise. The pilgrim said again: "Front end, front end, front end. Compared to any previous Carrera 911, the steering feel is closer. I can place it almost violently anywhere on the track."
Saint Antoine has a similar impression. He wrote: "From the moment I entered the Street of Willow race track, I knew I was trying something very special." "OMG! The front grip! It's amazing! Turn the steering wheel and 911 incision immediately-It's hard! In this game, no one else feels so completely and firmly locked on the track. "
Lassa went straight to 911 after crossing the track in Corvette. Lhasa said: "I jumped into this car after running for the second time on the C8. It's no surprise how strong it was when turning. I thought I might not actually like it after three laps, but found it again Carrera is easy and fun to drive and has more spins than Corvette. "
Corvette C8 Z51 and Porsche 911 S: street performance
The track is one thing, but how does our dynamic duet play a role in the real world? 911 is an early favorite, and its excellent daily driver / track star personality split effect is full. Senior editor Aaron Gold said: "It's very quiet to drive and very good. Compared with many other high-performance cars we have here, it has a much smaller trade-off."
St. Antoine pointed out: "The behavior on the road is as composed, exciting and beneficial as the self focused on the track." "This latest 911 never feels completely sublime. This is the car that guarantees perfect driving. . "
Lhasa generally agreed, saying: "The traces on the sidewalk are so good that I barely slip when driving on Spunky Canyon Road. It seems that the only thing Porsche has to do is to perfect the 911, in the next generation , The engine is forward, before the rear axle. ”Only Jurnecka left an impression on our winding road no less than 911, and they argued:“ It ’s less drivable than Corvette, and more affected by the road Changes are bothering, and overall it feels like an older design. "
Again, Corvette has really impressed many of us, especially its magical magnetorheological damper [this is what GM calls Corvette magnetic suspension]. "Compared to the Porsche 992, it has more suspension travel, feels smoother, and can make more transitions; for everyday driving comfort, this is not a bad thing," Pilgrim said. Saint Antoine agreed and added: "Sliding on a broken mountain road like a hovercraft, but still sticking like a lunatic."
Rehbock likes Corvette can also be an ordinary car, which can do the work of ordinary cars very well. Rehbock said: "When I was riding the C8 on a road trip between the hotel and the winner's shooting location, I was shocked by its excellent performance." "I sat in a cool seat, on a crystal clear sound system Play music on and scroll completely comfortably. "
Corvette C8 Z51 vs. Porsche 911 S: Which is best?
How to sum up two legendary sports cars separated by 60,000 US dollars? This is no small challenge, but our editors have done their best in the name of public service. The frigate shows that it is a true value proposition as usual. St. Antoine concluded, "The starting price is less than $ 60,000, which is of Today's transactions are cheap. "
Lassa added: "No matter what the performance of the C7 chassis, the layout of the mid-engine will eventually get rid of the feeling that you are driving more muscle cars than sports cars. You no longer need a long hood V-8 to lead you; Good moments of inertia ultimately make the new Corvette more driving force for non-professionals like me than the new 911. "
Gold puts Corvette in excellent vision. He said: "Think about the path that Chevrolet engineers must go: they ca n’t make it too sloppy, loose and interesting because that Everyone will say that GM ca n’t design a car. They can not be too tight and refined, because then everyone will say that it has no features. C8 is the perfect balance, maybe it is a bit poor in terms of refinement. Very loud, very approachable , It ’s not scary at all. It ’s getting harder and harder, and the feeling will never disappear. Comparing it with C7, C6, C5 is like Corvette ’s worldview has expanded and will never be the same again. ”
At the same time, Porsche also has some enthusiastic conclusions. Gold said: "I think I am not surprised by the outstanding performance of this car, just like me and the others here." "But it is really very surprising, especially when you consider Porsche to keep When my rear engine layout succumbed to the starting point. I do n’t know if I like it, but of course I will respect it. "
Even St. Antoine, who loves Witt, is struggling to find Porsche's shortcomings: "This latest 911 never feels completely sublime," St. Antoine said. "This is the car for perfection."
|2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S specifications|
|price||$ 114,650 [basic] / $ 143,350 [tested]|
|engine||3.0-liter twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve flat six-cylinder / 443 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 390 lb-ft @ 2,300-5,000 rpm|
|transmission||8-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|layout||2 door 4 passenger rear engine RWD coupe|
|EPA miles||17/25 mpg [city / highway]|
|Length x width x height||177.9 x 72.9 x 51.1 inches|
|Wheel hub||96.5 inches|
|0-60 mph||3.3 seconds [with sports timing]|
|Top speed||191 miles per hour|
|2020 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 specifications|
|price||$ 59,995 [basic] / $ 83,825 [tested]|
|engine||6.2L OHV 16 valve V-8 / 495 hp @ 6,450 rpm, 470 lb-ft @ 5,150 rpm|
|transmission||8-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|layout||2-door 2-passenger mid-engine RWD coupe|
|EPA miles||15/27 mpg [city / highway]|
|Length x width x height||182.3 x 76.1 x 48.6 inches|
|Wheel hub||107.2 inches|
|weight||3600 lbs [max]|
|0-60 mph||2.8 seconds|
|Top speed||194 miles per hour|