The 2014 Corvette C7 was widely anticipated, as it marks the seventh generation of the Corvette and is the first to hold the “Stingray” name in nearly 40 years. The Porsche 911 Carrera was named Motor Trend magazine’s Best Driver’s Car for two years straight, 2012 and 2013. To determine the winner, each car is run through Motor Trend‘s assortment of instrumented tests. The magazine’s editors then get to know each car over a 500-mile, mixed conditions tour. Finally, a round of testing is conducted by pro racer Randy Pobst at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Porsche 911 Carrera won for the 2013 year, but there were two potential winners that missed the competition, the Corvette C7 and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It seems only fair to put them up against the Porsche to see if the Porsche would have beaten them too. And it makes for good viewing.
From the outset, most will note that the Corvette C7 is priced significantly lower than the Porsche or the Ferrari. With base models of the C7 running at just above $60,000, we’re talking about a car that’s half the price of the Porsche and about a fifth the price of the Ferrari. That’s something to keep in mind when watching these cars run against each other. Performance-wise, there seems to be diminishing returns as more money is spent. Few of these cars will ever be driven to their maximum performance anyway, so the price thing is more about status than performance. I’d still take any of the three. Watch it below to see if the Porsche 911 can retain its title as the Best Driver’s Car. If you like the video, ‘Share’ it.