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.
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.