Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Maserati GranTurismo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Maserati GranTurismo

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 GranTurismo 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 GranTurismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Maserati covers the GranTurismo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GranTurismo ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 50,000 miles longer than the GranTurismo’s (6/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

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. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GranTurismo.

There are over 75 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 1 more horsepower (455 vs. 454) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8. The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 6 more horsepower (460 vs. 454) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 196 more horsepower (650 vs. 454) and 266 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo Auto (16 city/29 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z07’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GranTurismo:

Corvette Z07

GranTurismo

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13 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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the GranTurismo:

Corvette

GranTurismo

80 to 0 MPH

174 feet

194 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 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 GranTurismo (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:295/35R20).

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 GranTurismo’s 35 series 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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 GranTurismo’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the GranTurismo pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the GranTurismo (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 25 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo.

The Corvette is 1 foot, 5.3 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, 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 significantly lower than the GranTurismo (.33). 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 1.3 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more front shoulder room than the GranTurismo.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GranTurismo (15 vs. 6.1 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 GranTurismo 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 GranTurismo does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 GranTurismo’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 GranTurismo has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Corvette’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Corvette’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The GranTurismo’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Corvette

GranTurismo

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Kiplinger’s Award

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FALSE

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

Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The GranTurismo is not ranked.

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

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

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