Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2017 BMW 6 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2017 BMW 6

Safety Comparison

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Both the Corvette and the 6 Series 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

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 6 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 6 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette has more powerful engines than the 6 Series:

 

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.

640i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

315 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

650i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

M6 4.4 turbo V8

560 HP

500 lbs.-ft.

M6 Competition 4.4 turbo V8

591 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the M6 4.4 turbo V8 (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

6 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

9.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

117 MPH

Top Speed

185 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Z06 Manual S.C. V8 gets better highway fuel mileage than the M6 RWD Manual 4.4 twin turbo V8 (560 HP) (15 city/23 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The 6 Series 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 6 Series 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 6 Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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 6 Series doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the 6 Series:

 

Corvette

6 Series

 

80 to 0 MPH

167 feet

212 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19).

The Corvette’s standard 245/40R18 front and 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 640i’s standard 45 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the 6 Series’ optional 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 640i.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Corvette Grand Sport Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the 650i Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Convertible handles at 1.14 G’s, while the 640i Convertible pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the 650i Coupe (22.3 seconds vs. 25.3 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the 6 Series’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW 6 Series.

The Corvette is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the 6 Series, 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 lower than the 6 Series (.3 to .33). 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

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 6 Series Coupe (15 vs. 13 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 6 Series 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 6 Series has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature 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 6 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $620 to $8445 less than the 6 Series over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 49.53% to 51.25% of its original price after five years, while the 6 Series only retains 39.99% to 41%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corvette is less expensive to operate than the 6 Series because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corvette than the 6 Series, including $276 less for a water pump, $147 less for a starter, $224 less for fuel injection, $448 less for front struts, $281 less for a timing belt/chain and $1820 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $18428 to $34588 less than for the BMW 6 Series.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The 6 Series is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 19 years. The 6 Series 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 6 Series hasn’t been picked since 2005.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The 6 Series 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 6 Series has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the BMW 6 Series by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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