2009 C6 Chevrolet Corvette vs 2009 Mustang GT500: Engine, Handling, and Pricing

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 and the 2009 Ford Mustang GT500, two of America’s most iconic muscle cars, return better than ever. The 2009 C6 Corvette convertible prices in the $53,000 range and the 2009 Mustang GT500 in the $48,000 range, also as a sports convertible. The Vette is a 2-door, 2-person coupe with a manual convertible roof and glass rear window. The GT500 is also a 2-doors, but can seat 4 and uses a power convertible roof. Both models offer a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty and drivetrain, roadside and rust warranties. The Chevy is offered in 7 interior and 9 exterior color chips, the Ford in 1 interior and 7 exterior color chips.


Engine and Transmission

The 2009 Corvette is a bit more expensive than the GT500 and offers a
powerful 6.2L V8 engine, 16-valve, overhead cam with 430 HP capacity
and 434 pound-feet of torque.The 2009 Mustang GT500 is offered in a
5.4L, V8 engine, 32-valve, double overhead cam and 500 HP capacity and
480 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette is offered with a 6-speed manual
and an optional 6-speed shiftable automatic tranmission, and the GT500
comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Comfort and Fuel Economy

The 2009 Corvette offers premium leather interior with bucket seating,
while the GT500 sports standard leather interior with sport seating.
Both models are equipped with front cup holders, power outside mirror
adjustments for driver and passengers, cruise control and
tilt-adjustable steering adjustment. Both models offer stimulated alloy
or optional leather interior trim.

The 2009 Mustang GT500 is larger and heavier than the 2009 Corvette but
with comparable interior space and front leg and head leg room.
However, the Corvette sports 11 cubic feet of luggage capacity while
the GT500 offers 9.7 cubic feet of luggage capacity due to the fact
that it is a 4-person vehicle. Both convertible sports cars are
equipped with a long list of comfort and ergonomic features.

The 2009 Corvette fuel economy is 16 miles per gallon in the city and
26 on the highway. The 2009 Mustang GT500 gets 14 miles per gallon in
the city and only 20 on the highway.

Handling

The Corvette and the Mustang sport rear-wheel drive. The Corvette
offers four-wheel independent suspension, providing better traction for
inclement weather conditions. The GT500 offers front-wheel drive and
performance tires. The run-flat tires on the Corvette give it more
stable dry traction. The 2009 Corvette has painted alloy wheels as
standard equipment and the 2009 Mustang GT500 has standard alloy wheels.

The Corvette, known as America’s only real sports car, is touted for
its comparatively reasonable price, its exotic car performance, driver
functionality and its fuel economy. The 2009 Mustang GT500 is known for
it’s supercharged V8 performance, reasonable price, model familiarity
and Mustang’s reputation.