Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2016 BMW M4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2016 BMW M4

Safety Comparison

Both the Corvette and the M4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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 BMW covers the M4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The M4’s redline is at 7600 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’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 30 more horsepower (455 vs. 425) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 406) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 35 more horsepower (460 vs. 425) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 406) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 225 more horsepower (650 vs. 425) and 244 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 406) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Road & Track the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the BMW M4 (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette V8

Corvette Z06

M4

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

3.3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

7.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

11.5 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117 MPH

124.8 MPH

114.9 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the BMW M4 (automatics tested):

Corvette

M4

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

8.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

119 MPH

In a Road & Track race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was clocked 1.51 seconds faster than the BMW M4 Coupe (59.9 sec. vs. 61.41 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the M4:

Corvette

M4

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/7-spd. Manual

17 city/29 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./Manual

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/8-sp. Auto

16 city/29 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The M4 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 M4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the M4 (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 M4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Corvette stops much shorter than the M4:

Corvette

M4

80 to 0 MPH

174 feet

193 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M4 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:275/40R18).

The Corvette’s standard 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M4’s standard 40 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 M4’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the M4. The Corvette’s optional 20-inch rear wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the M4.

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 M4 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1 inch wider in the front than the track on the M4.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the M4 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the M4 Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 24.2 seconds @ .84 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the M4’s (37.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the BMW M4.

The Corvette is 7 inches shorter than the M4, 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 M4 (.34). 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 M4 Coupe (15 vs. 11 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the M4 Convertible with its top down (10 vs. 7.8 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 M4 doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 M4 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 M4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 M4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 M4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $895 to $6510 less than the M4 over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Corvette will retain 63% to 65% of its original price after three years, while the M4 only retains 58%.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Corvette

M4

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

Road & Track performed a comparison test in its November 2014 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe first. They ranked the BMW M4 Coupe third.

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 M4 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 M4 is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 18 years. The 4 Series hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The M3/M4 was Car of the Year in 2006.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The M4 has never been chosen.

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