The first reviews of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7) have been released and Motor Trend and Car and Driver are the first two publications to get to drive the car. Both magazines have released videos reviewing the V8 monster that is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car puts out an earth moving 455 horsepower straight from the factory.
Both reviews are of cars that come with the Z51 package. The optional package is designed for those that would like to autocross or track their cars occasionally. The package adds additional cooling for the car to keep it running well when pushed hard.
The C7 Corvette is arguably the best Corvette ever made. You get incredible performance and good handling from a package that is much more upscale than previous models. Not bad for a sports car that has a base price of just over $50,000.
Both of these videos are informative and show what the car is capable of, but the Motor Trend review is a bit more entertaining.
Watch the videos and then let us know what you think of the new Corvette Stingray in the comments below.
The 2013 SRT Viper is a great performing American sports car. The quality of the latest model is much improved from the older Vipers, but it still compromises on nothing (including driver comfort) over performance. It is a beast that has to be grabbed by the neck in order to make perform well on the track.
Many magazines have put the sports car through its paces, including Motor Trend. In this video you can watch as they test the car on the track and closed roads or parking lots. The car is interesting in the footage, but this is actually more about how they get all the data for the testing. There is also a bit about how to get the best launch out of the car which is very interesting to watch.
Watch the video and then let us know what you think of how they gather all the data for the car in the comments below.
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet VS 2014 Audi R8 Spyder
Both the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet (991) and the 2014 Audi R8 Spyder are great drivers cars. The R8 is a mid-engined all-wheel drive car that has very good acceleration and now has perhaps the best dual clutch transmission that money can buy. The 911 has a rear engined rear-wheel drive layout that provides a different experience than any other sports car.
While both cars are great, the 991 is the more modern car as it was brand new last year where the Audi is more of a slight update. The Porsche has less horsepower, but more torque and the bigger thing is it weighs 400 pounds less. Either car is fun to drive, but the Carrera S is just a bit more fun thanks to its nimbleness.
This video pits the two German sports cars head to head to see which one is the better on the road and track. It tests all the performance stats on a track and then takes them to some great mountain roads for a road test. Both cars are good, but which is the better car to own?
Checkout the video and then let us know which car you would rather own in the comments below.
The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet (991) is a very good performance car. The open top version of the rear-engined sports car is one of the best open air cars that you can currently buy. The 400 horsepower car is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds (with PDK and 4.5 with the manual transmission). The car is one that can be driven everyday, but that has plenty of performance when you step a bit harder on the gas pedal.
This video contains a review of the car and features a road test. Beyond the road test it shows just how practical the small car can be for carrying cargo. While there isn’t a lot of space and you won’t carry the family in it, there is plenty of room for you and your significant other to use it for a weekend trip.
The video goes over the good and bad of the car and then gives a verdict on if it is a good buy. There isn’t a lot not to like with this car, the biggest barrier for most people is just the cost of the car. The one tested cost about $140,000 after all the options were added (although some of them I would skip, like the $5,000 stereo system).
Watch the video and then let us know what you think of the new 991 Carrera S Cabriolet in the comments below.
Earlier today we posted a video that talked about if you should by a Lotus Evora S or a Porsche Cayman S. The video argued that you should buy the Evora even though the Cayman is the more precision tool. Both cars are great in their own way, but choosing between them most people are likely to go the German route for various reasons.
Well, we found this video that actually pits the two sports cars against each other on the track. Both cars are driven on the same track with the same driver to get a lap time and see which of the sports cars is the better performer. In the test the Porsche has a bit of an advantage with its PDK transmission over the Lotus six-speed manual. However, the Evora has more horsepower, but looses on the weight front.
Which one of these track performers would you rather drive? Let us know in the comments below.