Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2017 Audi R8 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2017 Audi R8

Safety Comparison

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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 R8 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 R8 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the R8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the R8 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. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the R8.

There are over 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The R8’s redline is at 8700 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette has more powerful engines than the R8:

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.

R8 V10 5.2 DOHC V10

540 HP

398 lbs.-ft.

R8 V10 Plus Coupe 5.2 DOHC V10

610 HP

413 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The R8 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 R8 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 R8 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Corvette Z07’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the R8:

Corvette Z07

R8

R8

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

14 inches

14 inches

The Corvette stops much shorter than the R8:

Corvette

R8

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

153 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette has larger front standard tires than the R8 (245/40R18 vs. 235/35R19). The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/30R20 & R:305/30R20).

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 25 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the R8’s optional 30 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 R8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the R8 (106.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the R8’s (42.2% to 57.8%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the R8 V10 Plus Coupe pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Audi R8.

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 R8 (.34 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe (89 vs. 91 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (15 vs. 8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette Auto has a standard 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 R8 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 R8 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which 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 R8 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 R8 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Corvette’s 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. The R8 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette won the Best in Class award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The R8 is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 19 years. The R8 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 12 years. The R8 has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The R8 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 R8 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Audi R8 by over 67 to one during 2015.

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