911 versus the new Corvette Stingray
Has the American come of age, or will Germany reign supreme? Tom Ford finds out...
Posted: 03 Dec 2014
Which is a theme that runs through the initial experiences of the two cars - the Vette has lovely steering, irritated by a fuzzy area dead-centre, the Porsche's is spot-on, if less genuinely chatty than in previous generations. The brakes on both are excellent and fade-free, the Porsche's that little bit more progressive and reliable at the top of the pedal. The Stingray also has a long clutch and marginally less precise 'box, but it's wise to point out you can get a bit lost in the seven-ratios of either, especially when pressing on and being a touch too forceful across the gate. Which you might be, because both are capable of delivering supercar-baiting pace, especially if it gets twisty.
Which brings us to the million-dollar question: can the C7 really stand up to the 911 on a horrible UK B-road when the grey sky is sweating a scary, flirtatious sheen onto the exposed bits? The answer, pretty unequivocally, is yes. Yes, it can. In fact, it comes as a bit of a surprise that, when threading through these technically challenging little roads, the Corvette will happily pull away from the Porsche without too much effort - especially given a short straight. It just blares a glorious V8 symphony from a quartet of centrally-positioned exhausts that look uncannily like the exhaust nozzles from a Saturn V rocket, and edits the view.