Which Cars Are Competitors to the Corvette?

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Top competitors to the Chevrolet Corvette include the Porsche 911, Porsche Cayman, Dodge Viper, Jaguar F-Type, BMW M4, Alfa Romeo 4C, Ford Mustang GT350 and Nissan GT-R. As of 2015, the recently introduced C7 Corvette offers power and handling performance rivaling cars sold at significantly higher price points.

Chevrolet's Corvette positions itself at an interesting place in the sports car world, as few cars priced at or near its base price point of $55,000 as of 2015 can match its blend of V-8 performance and critically acclaimed handling on the road or track. While priced closer to the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, for example, the Corvette offers a driving experience much closer to the more-expensive Porsche 911.

With the extra-cost Z51 performance package, the 2014 Corvette beat the Porsche 911 Carerra S in Car and Driver comparison test. The 2015 Corvette Z51 placed first in a Road & Track test among a field that included the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman S.

In its range-topping Z06 trim, which starts at $83,000 as of 2015, the Corvette finds itself in rare company even in the world of high-powered, six-figure supercars. Its 650-horsepower V-8 and world-class performance on difficult circuits such as Germany's Nurburgring place it among competitors such as the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R.

Although the Corvette's performance may equal those expensive sports cars, its interior quality still shows shades of its lower price and mass-market Chevrolet badge, according to reviewers from Car and Driver and Road & Track.