Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2006 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2006 Ferrari F430 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2006 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2006 Ferrari F430

Safety Comparison

The Corvette offers optional front and available rear seat tall, head-protecting side-impact airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The F430 doesn't offer side-impact airbags.

Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the Corvette deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The F430’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Corvette offers optional OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The F430 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Corvette and the F430 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the F430’s (6/100,000 vs. 3/100,000).

There are almost 169 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F430’s redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corvette has a 6500 to 7000 RPM redline.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette’s standard 6.0 LS2 V8 produces 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 343) than the F430’s 4.3 DOHC V8. The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s standard 7.0 LS2 V8 produces 22 more horsepower (505 vs. 483) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 343) than the F430’s 4.3 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette Z06 Coupe 7.0 LS2 V8 is faster than the Ferrari F430 (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127.1 MPH

119.4 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Corvette’s engines produce their peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the F430:


Corvette 6.0 LS2 V8

6000 RPM

Corvette Z06 Coupe 7.0 LS2 V8

6300 RPM

F430 4.3 DOHC V8

8500 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the F430:



6.0 LS2 V8/Manual

18 city/28 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

4.3 V8

7.0 LS2 V8/Manual

16 city/26 hwy


6.0 LS2 V8/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

12 city/17 hwy

4.3 V8

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette has larger front standard tires than the F430 (F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:225/35R19 & R:285/35R19). The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F430 (F:275/35R18 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/35R19 & R:285/35R19).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s 325/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the F430’s 35 series tires.

The Corvette has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The F430 doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The F430 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the F430 (105.7 vs. 102.4 inches).

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the F430’s (44% to 56%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the F430 Coupe pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the F430 Coupe (22.4 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The F430 has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F430 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The F430’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The rear window of the Corvette Convertible is glass, so that it won’t become hard to see through with age. The plastic rear window on the F430 Spider will become opaque with age and scratches.

The Corvette’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The F430’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Corvette’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The F430 doesn’t offer heated seats.

The Corvette’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The F430 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

With optional voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F430 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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