Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Audi R8 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Audi R8

Safety Comparison

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 R8 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 R8 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

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the R8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the R8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the R8.

There are over 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The R8’s redline is at 8250 to 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corvette has a 6500 to 6600 RPM redline.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the R8:



Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

R8 V8 4.2 DOHC V8

430 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

R8 V10 5.2 DOHC V10

525 HP

391 lbs.-ft.

R8 V10 Plus Coupe 5.2 DOHC V10

550 HP

398 lbs.-ft.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was clocked 3.7 seconds faster than the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe (173.8 sec. vs. 177.5 sec.) at an average lap speed 1.7 MPH faster (84.9 MPH vs. 83.2 MPH).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the R8:



6.2 V8 (455 HP)/7-spd Manual

17 city/29 hwy

11 city/20 hwy

4.2 V8/Manual

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/8-spd Auto

16 city/29 hwy

14 city/23 hwy

4.2 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The R8 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 R8 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The R8 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z06’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the R8:

Corvette Z06



Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.4 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

14 inches

14 inches

The Corvette stops much shorter than the R8:



80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

210 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

148 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette has larger front standard tires than the R8 (245/40R18 vs. 235/35R19). The Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:235/35R19 & R:295/30R19).

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 R8’s 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The R8’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 R8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the R8 (106.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the R8’s (42% to 58%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.08 G’s, while the R8 V10 Plus Coupe pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the R8’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Audi R8.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has .2 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the R8 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (15 vs. 3.5 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the R8 Spyder (10 vs. 3.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 R8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 R8 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 R8 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 R8 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 R8 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The R8’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 R8 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Corvette has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The R8 doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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 R8 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The R8 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $6020 to $11000 less than the R8 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 $33019 to $70436 less than for the Audi R8.

Recommendations Comparison

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 R8 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 R8 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 10 years. The R8 has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The R8 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 R8 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Audi R8 by almost forty-five to one during the 2014 model year.

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