Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2014 Ford Shelby Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2014 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

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The Corvette has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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 has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn 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, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Corvette and the Shelby GT500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Shelby GT500 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Shelby GT500.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the Corvette is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Corvette’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Shelby GT500’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 631) than the Shelby GT500’s 5.8 supercharged V8.

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 (17 city/29 hwy vs. 15 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Shelby GT500 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT500 (18.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Corvette Z06’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Shelby GT500:

Corvette Z06

Shelby GT500

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13.8 inches

The Corvette Z06 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Corvette has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Shelby GT500:

Corvette

Shelby GT500

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

101 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Shelby GT500 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:265/40R19 & R:285/35R20).

The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Shelby GT500’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the Shelby GT500.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Shelby GT500’s (56.9% to 43.1%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.11 G’s, while the Shelby GT500 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (23.7 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 24.4 seconds @ .83 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT500.

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

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (69 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has .6 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more front hip room than the Shelby GT500 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (15 vs. 13.4 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a larger trunk with its top down than the Shelby GT500 Convertible (10 vs. 9.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Corvette has 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 and outside mirror angle. 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.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT500 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Corvette’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Corvette has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Shelby GT500.

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 $2685 to $4395 less than the Shelby GT500 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $1595 to $3910 less than for the Ford Shelby GT500.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Shelby GT500 isn’t in the top three.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The Mustang hasn’t been picked since 2013.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 10 years. The Shelby GT500 has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The Shelby GT500 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The Shelby GT500 has never been chosen.

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