• MotorTrend compares the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 versus the Porsche 991 Carrera 4S and... Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

      Porsche 911 versus Chevrolet Corvette is a never ending battle that repeats itself with every new generation and iteration of these cars. A comparison between the two is pretty much expected and Edmunds already compared these two vehicles earlier this year. Now MotorTrend gets their turn for the comparison but they threw a wildcard into the mix. Is anyone cross shopping a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with a 911 or Corvette? No. Do we care? No.

      The F12 is an awesome car and it is fun to simply see it in action. So what if it does not fit in perfectly the car is there to provide context and seeing numbers from the V12 Italian beast makes it more than worth including.

      So how do the cars stack up? The Corvette is obviously the value starting at $54,795. The Porsche 911 C4S starts at $106,580. The Porsche price sounds expensive until we get to the starting price point of the Ferrari F12 at $322,638. It also has over $100,000 in options in it (yes, more money in options than the Corvette costs) but who's counting at that point?

      The C4S despite its all wheel drive and dual clutch transmission is the lightest car at 3394 pounds, impressive. The Vette is slightly heavier at 3444 pounds but the F12 comes in at a portly 4003 pounds. It is clearly far more GT than nimble sports car when in this company.

      Now which is the fastest? Well, the F12 Ferrari as it better be for that money. 11.3@131.7 in the 1/4 mile which is essentially Ferrari Enzo supercar territory. Not bad for such a heavy car as the dual clutch transmission and Enzo derived and tweaked 6.3 liter 731 horsepower V12 clearly shows its muscle.

      The F12 having the quickest and fastest time is to be expected so let's get to the two cars that are closer in their respective performance envelopes and positioning. The C4S manages a 12.3@114.4 with 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. Quick, definitely. The Vette out-muscles the C4S though as we have already seen in the previous Edmunds comparison with a 12.2@117.3. The 460 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 under the hood simply uses brute force to win whereas the 911 uses a more sophisticated technological approach with its dual clutch transmission to make up for the displacement disadvantage. The more things change the more they stay the same.

      The Carrera S has an optional Power Kit which bumps horsepower by 30 which would likely make the acceleration sprint a wash between it and the C7 Corvette if it really bothers a Carrera S owner. He will just have to pay through the nose for it and the Corvette owner always has power modifications on his side for far less money simply due to the nature of the domestic aftermarket. There is a certain appeal to cheap(er) power, isn't there?

      Which is the best? That really is up to you and your wallet to decide. We're getting to the point that cars are getting so good one can not go wrong with any of these. If you're paying though, I'll take the prancing horse.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: MotorTrend compares the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 versus the Porsche 991 Carrera 4S and... Ferrari F12 Berlinetta started by Sticky View original post
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      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I really don't know why it's so damn heavy either. But I still want one...
        Next time I'm at the Ferrari Dealer I'm going to have it out with them.....

        Who am I kidding. I do too...almost more than an Aventador. That sound is like God smashing every musical instrument in the world at once.