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American Muscle VS Imported Speed – Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VS Nissan GTR

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Engine: 6.2L
Horsepower: 460
Fuel Economy: 17 City / 29 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $54,995

Inside the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

The Corvette Stingray is a high performance sports car that is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The Stingray is the base model in the Corvette line but it’s a crime to call this a base model. The ‘cheat sheet’ will tell you under the hood is a 6.2L, 376 cubic inch V8 direct injection engine with 460 horses. The real allure of the Corvette Stingray comes from the tight handling from its four wheel independent suspension on the all-aluminum frame. The exterior of the 2015 Corvette Stingray is begging to be stared at with aerodynamic front end with wide fenders.

It’s easy to see why the Corvette is the crown jewel in Chevrolet’s line of performance vehicles. With a 3.7 second 0-60 MPH time, the Stingray is one of the fastest vehicles given the price point and one only a handful of non-imports in that sub-4.0 second category. Unlike other quick 0-60 MPH vehicles, the initial boost continues as the 0-150 MPH has been clocked at around 21 seconds. The interior is extremely stylish with every surface covered in premium soft-touch materials. Everything inside is completely customizable from the GT bucket seats and cargo mats to a plaque that displays your name and the vehicle’s VIN. For those looking to get the most of the driving experience, consider the Performance Recorder. A windshield-mounted HD camera captures video and audio during your drive and relates it to exportable data feeds link to the engine’s performance.

Nissan GTR

Engine: 3.8L
Horsepower: 545
Fuel Economy: 16 City / 23 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $101,770

Inside the 2015 Nissan GTR:

The Nissan GTR is a beast to say the least, which is likely how this Japanese import got the nickname of Godzilla. While there is a clear divide between the price on the GTR and the Stingray, they are two of the premier luxury sports cars that have continued to compete with each other for market share in what we consider the drivable sports car category. Some choose to spend more time putting on polish and watching their high end sportsters shine in the garage than pumping in gas and watching it fly on the roads. The GTR will beg you to drive it. The 3.8L twin turbo Godzilla packs 545 horsepower and derives that power through fully independent air intakes for each section inside the V6 frame.

They say with great power also comes great responsibility. It’s going to be hard to drive the Nissan GTR responsibly given the 0-60 MPR time of only 3.2 seconds; a whole 0.5 seconds faster than the Stingray. The initial boost of the GTR carries through to the 0-150MPH time of around 18 seconds, or 3 seconds faster than the Stingray. Inside the GTR it is equally as impressive as it is under the hood. The interior features leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede accents. An available premium interior package can transform the interior to red/amber or ivory wrapped leather front seats for an additional $4,000. Outside of the leather seating option, the GTR comes fully equipped with few additional options. It’s a “what you see is what you get” type of car. Features like the 20” lightweight RAYS wheels, Bose audio system and premium navigation are standard equipment in the Nissan GTR.

Our Pick for Winner:

Base Model: Nissan GTR

When you are comparing high end sportsters, there is a big divide between what $100,000 can easily buy and a waiting list only model that runs $200,000+. These models are both the cream of the crop in this vehicle class. While the 3.7second 0-60 time of the Corvette is uber impressive, the 3.2second time of the GTR blows that out of the water.

Upgrades: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

While the Stingray may not take the checkered flag at the drag strip, the amount of car you get for about half the price of the Nissan GTR is very impressive. It’s arguably the best value you can find on the market for a high performance sports car. In a market that seems to be dominated by imports, it is comforting to see this gem made right here in America. While the Nissan GTR gives you a ton of technology in the base price, the Corvette gives buyers the premium upgrade options that many consumers look for.

Overall Winner:

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

While the Nissan GTR certainly lives up to its nickname of Godzilla, the sales numbers for it haven’t necessarily shown it to be as fast a seller in the showroom as it is fast on the road. We have a hard time giving the win to the Nissan GTR given the popularity of the Corvette Stingray. It has a significantly lower entry level price and buyers have the ability to add premium upgrades to their liking. A fully supped up Stingray is still lighter on the pocketbook than a base GTR.

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Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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