Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2007 BMW 6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2007 BMW 6

Safety Comparison

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Both the Corvette and the 6 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front and rear side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 6 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 6 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette’s standard 6.0 LS2 V8 produces 40 more horsepower (400 vs. 360) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 360) than the 650i’s standard 4.8 DOHC V8. The Corvette’s 6.0 LS2 V8 produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 383) than the M6 Coupe’s standard 5.0 DOHC V10. The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 5 more horsepower (505 vs. 500) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the M6 Coupe’s standard 5.0 DOHC V10.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the M6 (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette

6 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.8 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

121 MPH

Top Speed

198 MPH

162 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 6 Series:

Horsepower

Corvette 6.0 LS2 V8

6000 RPM

Corvette Z06 Coupe 7.0 LS7 V8

6300 RPM

650i 4.8 DOHC V8

6300 RPM

M6 Coupe 5.0 DOHC V10

7750 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the 6 Series:

Corvette

6 Series

6.0 LS2 V8/Manual

18 city/28 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

V8/Manual

7.0 LS7 V8/Manual

16 city/26 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Manual

6.0 LS2 V8/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V8/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Corvette stops much shorter than the 6 Series:

Corvette

6 Series

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

209 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06 Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series (F:275/35R18 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The Corvette’s standard 245/40R18 front and 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the 6 Series’ standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s 275/35R18 front and 325/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the 6 Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 6 Series.

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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the 6 Series.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Corvette offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 6 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1.5 inches wider in the front than the track on the 6 Series.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the M6 Coupe pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Convertible handles at .95 G’s, while the 6 Series Convertible pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.4 MPH faster than the 650i Coupe (70.2 vs. 65.8 MPH).

The Corvette Convertible goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 1.1 MPH faster than the 6 Series Convertible (65.6 vs. 64.5 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW 6 Series.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe is 1 foot, 2.6 inches shorter than the 6 Series, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Corvette is 1 foot, 3.6 inches shorter than the 6 Series.

As tested by AutoWeek while at idle, the interior of the Corvette Z51 Coupe is quieter than the M6 Coupe (52 vs. 55 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more front legroom than the 6 Series Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 6 Series Coupe (22.4 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 6 Series has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the Corvette’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the 6 Series’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To improve comfort and visibility, the Corvette has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The 6 Series doesn’t offer any similar feature.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $858 to $3115 less than the 6 Series over a five year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Corvette will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the 6 Series.

Corvette

6 Series

Four Year

54% to 60%

44% to 46%

Two Year

71% to 76%

63% to 65%

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