Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2007 Ford Shelby Near Phoenix, AZ

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2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2007 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Corvette has a standard Active Handling System, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The Active Handling System then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer skid prevention. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Chevrolet Corvette has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Compared to metal, the Corvette’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Shelby GT500 has a metal gas tank.

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 Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a GPS response system.

Both the Corvette and the Shelby GT500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, available front and rear side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Shelby GT500. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Shelby GT500 ends after only 5 years 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Shelby GT500’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 5 more horsepower (505 vs. 500) than the Shelby GT500’s 5.4 supercharged V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the Ford Shelby GT500 (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette 6.0

Corvette Z06

Shelby GT500

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

3.4 sec

4.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.6 sec

7.8 sec

11.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

11.8 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114 MPH

125 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Shelby GT500 (18 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/20 hwy).

The Corvette has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT500 (18 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Corvette stops much shorter than the Shelby GT500:

Corvette

Shelby GT500

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

216 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

122 feet

Road & Track

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 Shelby GT500 (F:275/35R18 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/45R18 & R:285/40R18).

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 Shelby GT500’s 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 Shelby GT500’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Shelby GT500.

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 Shelby GT500 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 Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Chevrolet Corvette has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Shelby GT500 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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 Shelby GT500’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Shelby GT500’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the Shelby GT500 Coupe pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Corvette Convertible handles at .95 G’s, while the Shelby GT500 Convertible pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.9 MPH faster than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (70.2 vs. 65.3 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 850 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT500.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe is 1 foot shorter than the Shelby GT500, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Corvette is 1 foot, 1.4 inches shorter than the Shelby GT500.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Corvette has standard flush composite headlights. The Shelby GT500 has recessed headlights which spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by AutoWeek while at idle, the interior of the Corvette Z51 Coupe is quieter than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (52 vs. 57 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (22.4 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Corvette offers a power telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Corvette has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Shelby GT500 doesn't offer automatic headlights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Corvette has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Corvette’s outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Corvette’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Corvette’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Shelby GT500 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 Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Corvette’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Corvette’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Corvette offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address in the USA with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Corvette. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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