Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2016 Mercedes AMG Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2016 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

Both the Corvette and the Mercedes AMG GT 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

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

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 50,000 miles longer than the Mercedes AMG GT’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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GT.

There are almost 14 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the Mercedes AMG GT:

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.

Mercedes AMG GT 4.0 turbo V8

456 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT S 4.0 turbo V8

503 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe was clocked 6.4 seconds faster than the Mercedes AMG GT S (184.6 sec. vs. 191 sec.).

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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Mercedes AMG GT:

Corvette

Mercedes AMG GT

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

141 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

100 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mercedes AMG GT (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:265/35R19 & R:295/30R20).

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 Mercedes AMG GT S’ 35 series front and 30 series rear 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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Mercedes AMG GT (106.7 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the Mercedes AMG GT S pulls only 1.05 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mercedes AMG GT S (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 23.2 seconds @ .95 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GT.

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 Mercedes AMG GT (.36). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Mercedes AMG GT S (69 vs. 74 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Mercedes AMG GT (15 vs. 12.3 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes AMG GT’s Keyless-Go doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Corvette

Mercedes AMG GT

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Kiplinger’s Award

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

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

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

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