• Mar 28th 2008 at 1:58PM
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What do you do with a Porsche GT2, a Corvette Z06, and an abandoned aircraft runway? That's obvious: you line both cars up, nail the throttle and crown the victor. Thankfully, that's exactly what the chaps at Autocar did when they pitted the new GT2 against the Z06 on a long piece of straight pavement. No timing lights, no start/finish line, just two guys with heavy right feet and a camera crew to capture the action.

To refresh your memory, the GT2 is the hottest car currently in Porsche's inventory. Under its decklid, a 3.6-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder powerplant pumps out an impressive 530 hp and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. The Chevrolet Z06 has been in showrooms a bit longer, but nothing holds back its 7.0-liter eight-cylinder engine packing a 505 hp punch with 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Oh yeah, we should mention (before you all point it out) the German costs about twice as much as the American.

We won't tell you who wins the Porsche vs. Chevrolet battle, but we will say the contest will be significantly more "balanced" when the blokes can bring the upcoming 620 hp 2009 Corvette ZR1 to the tarmac. Thanks for the tip Mike!

Check out the video here.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The vette was thrashed fair and square! It's really funny hearing people making excuses for it. That and the 'just wait for the ZR1 next year' stuff really crack me up. Suck it up GM fans, suck it up!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, this was a really fair test!! Your comment actually insults Porsche Racing history more than GM owners. Hey lets line the GT2 against a Challenger!!! Ooooo that would be really good comparison too....

      • 7 Years Ago
      When did corvettes ever claim to be the fastest cars on the planet. It seems that every one of these super high priced euro cars feels the need to best the corvette. Id be ashamed if I couldnt beat the corvettte at a price tag of a GT2. I see no real value in this video other than stating the obvious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of both cars, but as the post mentions the ZR1 is better comparison as the two cars are closer in price. The ZR1's extra 100HP (approx) will probably tilt things in the other direction.

      In the end, both cars are aimed at different buyers. Vette owners are "bang for the buck" shoppers and Eurocar buyers are generally interested as much in "status" as in performance.

      I would certainly be happy with either of these cars.

      • 7 Years Ago
      First off, this is a bad comparison. Next is the fact that the GT2 is built for a track. Porsche claims that the GT2 is 5 seconds faster around the nurburing then a Carrera Gt. Lets see a Z06 try that. Im waiting to see what the ZR1 is capable of, but seriously, Id still put my money on the GT2 without a doubt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The porsche is faster period. But it didn't help the he was granny shifting slightly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was actually quite surprised at how hard the GT2 pulled. And so were the testers. While there's no doubt the GT2 should be a hair faster (better power:weight, should get a better launch due to weight distribution), the times they recorded for 0-100mph do not add up. I think it was a 1.9 second difference? Like the one tester said, maybe the Z06 had lower than recommended octane gas in it (he guessed 95 RON instead of 98 RON).

      As for why the test? The cars have similar power:weight. If one guy pulls up to the light in a Z06, and the other a GT2 out in the middle of no where with no cops in sight on a straight road... you know what they're going to do. Happens out on PCH once in a while.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not for nothing, but it sounded like the Z06 bogged off the line every time. He seemed to be flummoxed by the LHD setup as well. I'm not normally an apologist, but I think this would be a closer race with better drivers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        um..perfect launch the Z06 would eat the GT2. the guy couldn't shift gears for the life of him. That car needs a stage 5 driver mod.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Even with a perfect launch from the Z06 the race wouldn't have been close based on the video's. The way the GT2 pulls away from the Z06 with both cars WOT clearly shows who the faster car is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is no substitute and will always be the bench mark for others to follow.I wonder how many gt2 nissan has bought to develop there spec v version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Both are incredible cars, but I'll state the obvious as many already have - trashing a corvette after "winning" a race vs something that costs 2x's as much is really special olympics territory.

      I don't see a scenario where a buyer would drag these 2 and then decide which one they want??

      Not the least bit surprising coming from some pommies who have to roll out a GT2 for the chance to trash a vette. As was also mentioned, the UK has nothing of their own to offer, light-goods rear suspension or not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Vette got waxed, no doubt about it...but the "leaf springs" thing is getting really old. The likes of J. Clarkson have been saying that for years and NO ONE CORRECTS HIM! Corvettes (at least C5's and up) don't have "leaf springs" like a light truck or whatever they say. They have a (single! Composite!) transverse rear leaf. It is a single leaf running left to right across the rear differential, not a stack of leafs running front to back beside each wheel. This leaf provides lift by pressing down on the hub at the end of the A-Arms. It is used in place of a coil spring on other independent suspensions. Obviously none of these people have even bothered to get under the car and have a look.

      Again, I'm not taking up for the Chevy...it got its lunch money stolen...just wanting to clear up the glaring innaccuracy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point. And I don't think There's any need to be "taking up" for the Corvette. Instead, 'Vette guys should be ecstatic, saying "Wow! Look at how close we get to Porsche's best, for half the price!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looked like that guy was too slow with the Z06's clutch. The Z06 is definitely much faster than what it appeared to be in that video.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Corvette Z06 starting MSRP: $72,125
      Porsche GT2 starting MSRP: $191,700

      The Porsche is $119,575 more than the Corvette.

      I can't speak for anyone else, but if I was buying one of them on my own, I would take the vette. It seems like it offers 95% of the Porsches performance, for 40% of the price. That's good enough for me.

      Really, for the price of a GT2, one could buy a new Z06, a new GT-R, and a new Lotus Elise.....and still have a few grand left over. Maybe I'm one of those people who "just doesn't get it," but if I had a choice, I would take those three over the GT2.
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