Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Safety Comparison

Both the Corvette and the ATS-V 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 445) than the ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6. The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 445) than the ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 186 more horsepower (650 vs. 464) and 205 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 445) than the ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the Cadillac ATS-V (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette V8

Corvette Z06


Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

3.2 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

11.3 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

118.4 MPH

126.2 MPH

114.2 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the Cadillac ATS-V (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

8.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

122 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe was clocked 14.6 seconds faster than the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe (184.6 sec. vs. 199.2 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the ATS-V:



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

17 city/29 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.6 turbo V6/Manual

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

16 city/29 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.6 turbo V6/Auto

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

The Corvette has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS-V (18.5 vs. 16 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 ATS-V 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 ATS-V:

Corvette Z07


Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13.3 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 ATS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the ATS-V:



80 to 0 MPH

174 feet

194 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS-V (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18).

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 ATS-V’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the ATS-V. The Corvette offers optional 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

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 ATS-V 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 2.8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the ATS-V.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the ATS-V Coupe pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Convertible handles at 1.14 G’s, while the ATS-V Sedan pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the ATS-V Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 24.3 seconds @ .87 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the ATS-V’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac ATS-V.

The Corvette is 7.8 inches shorter than the ATS-V Coupe, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the ATS-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the ATS-V (15 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 ATS-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 ATS-V doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

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



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



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

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

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The ATS 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 ATS was Car of the Year in 2013.

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