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 488 GTB doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Corvette and the 488 GTB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 2 years longer than Ferrari covers the 488 GTB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 488 GTB ends after only 3 years.
The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the 488 GTB’s (6/100,000 vs. 3/100,000).
There are over 79 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.
The 488 GTB’s redline is at 8000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corvette has a 6500 to 6600 RPM redline.
The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 560) than the 488 GTB’s 3.9 turbo V8.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The 488 GTB 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 488 GTB requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Corvette has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 488 GTB (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20).
The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’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 488 GTB’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 488 GTB doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the 488 GTB (106.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).
The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the 488 GTB’s (41.5% to 58.5%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.
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 488 GTB (.324). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.
The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 488 GTB Coupe (15 vs. 8.1 cubic feet).
The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 488 Spider with its top down (10 vs. 8.1 cubic feet).
The Corvette’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 488 GTB has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.
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 488 GTB 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 488 GTB doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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 488 GTB doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Corvette’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 488 GTB’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
The Corvette’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 488 GTB’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
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 Ferrari 488 GTB’s Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.
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 488 GTB doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Corvette offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 488 GTB.
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 488 GTB doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Corvette. The Corvette’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a navigation system.
Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The 488 GTB is not ranked.
The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 19 years. The 488 GTB has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The 488 GTB 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 488 GTB has never been chosen.