Saturday, March 1, 2008

Out Ferraried Ferrari

I admit that I have not appreciated Corvettes since I was 13. My mental image of what a Corvette is and who buys them is not flattering. But… I think Chevy has out Ferraried Ferrari. Consider the 08 Vette. 0 to 60 in just over 4 seconds, 430 horsepower, .95G on a skid pad, what I think are great looks (I mistook a yellow one for a Ferrari yesterday and Barb thought the Vette was the Ferrari in the picture above) and a starting price of about $46,000. That’s a couple of services on a Ferrari. That’s about half of the premium being charged over MSRP on a new Ferrari.

Consider the F430. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, 490 horsepower, .92 on the skidpad, fantastic looks, and a MSRP of about $180,000.

I have not driven a Corvette in many years so I cannot comment on its handling, feedback, chassis, etc. To that end I have not driven a 430 so I would have to guess there as well. I know that when you are buying a Ferrari you are buying much more than 0 to 60 times and horsepower numbers. But I admit that the new Vette viewed entirely from still pedestrian status is changing my opinion of Corvettes.

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