2009 C6 Chevrolet Corvette vs Porsche 911 Carrera : Engine, Handling, and Pricing

The 2009 C6 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sports car is priced at $53,000 MSRP and the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera, considered a luxury convertible, is in the $87,000. The Vette has 2-doors, 2-person seating capacity, and a manual convertible roof with a glass rear window. The 911 has 2-doors, seats 4, and uses a power convertible roof. The Corvette offers a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty and the Porsche offers a 5-year/50,000 mile warranty. Both models offer drivetrain, roadside, and rust warranties, with the Porsche offering a 10-year/unlimited mileage rust warranty. The Chevy is offered in 7 interior and 9 exterior color chips. The Porsche is offered with 9 interior and a whooping 20 exterior color chips.


Engine and transmission

The 2009 Corvette is quite a bit cheaper than the Porsche 911 and
offers a powerful 6.2L V8 engine, 16-valve, overhead cam with 430 HP
capacity and 434 pound-feet of torque.The Porsche 911 Carrera, with
less power than the Corvette, is offered in a 3.6L, Flat 6 engine, 24
valve, double overhead cam and 345 HP capacity and 288 pound-feet of
torque. The Corvette is offered with a 6-speed manual and an optional
6-speed shiftable automatic tranmission, and the Porsche 911 comes
standard with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automated manual
transmission.

Comfort and fuel economy

The 2009 Corvette offers premium leather interior with bucket seating,
while the 911 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 on the Corvette and tilt and telescopic steering
adjustment on the 911 Carrera. Both models offer either leather or
optional leather interior.

The 2009 Corvette and the Porsche 911 Carrera are approximately the
same length and width, but the Corvette sports 11 cubic feet of luggage
capacity while the Porsche only offers 4.4 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 Porsche 911 Carrera gets 18 miles per gallon in
the city and 25 on the highway.

Handling

The Corvette and the Porsche sport rear-wheel drive and four-wheel
independent suspension, providing better traction for inclement weather
conditions. The run-flat tires on the Corvette are a wider width giving
it more stable dry traction, but not as much performance capability as
the Porsche 911. The 2009 Corvette has painted alloy wheels as standard
equipment and the Porsche 911 Carrera 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 Porsche 911 Carrera is known
for its multiple model choices, superb precision steering, easy
acceleration, powerful braking system and comfortable seating.