911 versus the new Corvette Stingray
Has the American come of age, or will Germany reign supreme? Tom Ford finds out...
Posted: 07 Apr 2014
Luckily, the two cars we've brought with us are more than capable of dealing with this sort of stuff: small enough to cope, fast enough to be mildly terrifying. The first, and most important, is Chevrolet's new C7 generation, 460bhp Corvette, once again dubbed the Stingray. Just over 60-grand's worth of American icon, all-new in this generation, and sporting the kind of styling you could slice your eyeballs on. Creases, vents, spoilers, the Stingray has them all, and despite being as subtle as Joan Rivers's plastic surgeon, it's got attitude aplenty and drive-by impact you can measure with a Geiger counter.
The other, and the car the C7 was benchmarked against during its development phase (and mentioned several times in the Chevy press material), is Porsche's 991-generation, 400bhp, 911 Carrera S. Less power and a third more money than the Stingray, but with the weight of European prejudice weighing heavily in its favour. Say what you like about Porsche's apparent reticence to change the 911's basic style, but it's a handsome thing: smooth, subtle, confident and grown-up. We've headed north and brought them to some of the UK's most challenging roads to see if the Corvette's engineers paid attention when they went 911 hunting with their 0.50 calibre Stingray.