Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Infiniti Q60 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Infiniti Q60

Safety Comparison

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 Q60 Coupe 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 Infiniti Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe 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 30,000 miles longer than Infiniti covers the Q60 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q60 Coupe ends after only 70,000 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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q60 Coupe.

There are almost 27 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Q60 Coupe’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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 125 more horsepower (455 vs. 330) and 190 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 130 more horsepower (460 vs. 330) and 195 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 320 more horsepower (650 vs. 330) and 380 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Road & Track the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette V8

Corvette Z06

Q60 Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

3.3 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

7.6 sec

13.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

11.5 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117 MPH

124.8 MPH

102.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Manual with its standard engine gets better highway fuel mileage than the Q60 Coupe RWD Manual (17 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z06’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60 Coupe:

Corvette Z06

Q60 Coupe

Q60S

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13 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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Q60 Coupe:

Corvette

Q60 Coupe

80 to 0 MPH

174 feet

218 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette has larger standard tires than the Q60 Coupe (F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. 225/50R18). The Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 Coupe (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:225/45R19 & R:245/40R19).

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) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Coupe’s standard 50 series tires. The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the Q60 Coupe’s optional 45 series front and 40 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 Q60 Coupe. The Corvette’s optional 20-inch rear wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Q60 Coupe.

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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Corvette has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q60 Coupe.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Q60 Coupe’s (53.7% to 46.3%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.16 G’s, while the Q60S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.

The Corvette is 6.2 inches shorter than the Q60 Coupe, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the Q60 Coupe (.31 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette has .3 inches more front hip room and 1.5 inches more front shoulder room than the Q60 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 Coupe (15 vs. 7.4 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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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 Q60 Coupe 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 $1075 to $7230 less than the Q60 Coupe over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Corvette, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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 Q60 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 18 years. The Q60 Coupe 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 11 years. The Q60 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The Q60 Coupe 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 Q60 Coupe has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Infiniti G37/Q40/Q60 by 49% during the 2014 model year.

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