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.
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.