Edmunds.com is asking what everyday sports car would you buy if you had $70,000. The two contenders: BMW E92 M3 and C7 Corvette Stingray.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 460-horsepower and reaching 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (4.1 with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip) and clears the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 113.7 mph. The M3 and its 4.0-liter 414-hp V8 runs to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (4.6 with rollout) and 13.0 at 109.9 mph.
Here is an excerpt from the review:
No Surprise at the Track
To be completely honest, such real-world considerations are the only way the 2013 BMW M3 has a fighting chance. If we kept our considerations to the track, we could simply publish a spreadsheet and then kick back, pop open a Bud and catch up on our Netflix queue.
Unlike some of the other cars we’ve thrown at the C7 the past few weeks, the differences here are stark. The Stingray Z51’s best lap of the Streets of Willow was 1:24.55 with a top speed of 112.5 mph. That’s faster than a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 Carrera S, let alone the M3 Coupe, which did it in 1:29.02 with a Vmax of 105.26 mph.
“What an instrument,” our test-driver Josh Jacquot wrote of the C7 after wrapping up his laps at Willow Springs. “There’s no need to qualify the Corvette’s performance now. It lacks bad manners. It’s fast. It makes the right sounds. It turns, stops and goes like crazy. It’s predictable, reliable and world class in virtually every way. Remarkably easy to place. Confident. Communicative.”
Astute readers will glean that means he liked it. The M3, on the other hand, elicited appreciation but the perhaps obvious conceit that Munich’s representative was out of its league.
“Still rewarding after all these years, but clearly behind the latest hardware when it comes to grip and cornering speed,” Jacquot wrote. “It’s clearly not as focused of a driver’s car relative to the low, light ‘Vette.”
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