Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Jaguar F-Type Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Jaguar F-Type

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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 Jaguar covers the F-Type. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the F-Type 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. Jaguar only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the F-Type.

There are over 28 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the F-Type:

Horsepower

Torque

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.

F-Type 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type V-8 S Convertible 5.0 supercharged V8

495 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R Coupé 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type Project 7 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was clocked 7.2 seconds faster than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé (173.8 sec. vs. 181 sec.) at an average lap speed 3.4 MPH faster (84.9 MPH vs. 81.5 MPH).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Corvette stops much shorter than the F-Type:

Corvette

F-Type

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

196 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Type (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:275/40R19 & R:275/35R19).

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) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear 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 F-Type’s optional 35 series front and 30 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 F-Type.

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 F-Type 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 F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 F-Type doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the F-Type (106.7 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.07 G’s, while the F-Type R Coupé pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Corvette Stingray Convertible handles at 1.00 G’s, while the F-Type V-8 S Convertible pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the F-Type R Coupé (23.7 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 24.4 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the F-Type Coupé (15 vs. 11 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the F-Type Convertible (10 vs. 7 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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 F-Type doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

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 F-Type 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 F-Type.

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 F-Type 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 $2350 to $3500 less than the F-Type over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 50.94% to 52.8% of its original price after five years, while the F-Type only retains 41.58%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $11429 to $17384 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.

Recommendations Comparison

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2014 issue and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible won out over the Jaguar F-Type V-8 S Convertible.

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 F-Type was rated third.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Jaguar F-Type by almost ten to one during the 2014 model year.

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