One of the greatest things every Corvette has had going for it, and also one of the most re-used arguments against it, is its price-to-performance equation - long before the Nissan GT-R became the de facto Porsche 911 comparator the Corvette spent decades as Exhibit A. Depending on which side of the argument you stressed, supporters crowed about how much performance you got for how (comparatively) little, detractors carped on how little you got everywhere else in the bargain.

It appears Chevrolet is working as hard as ever to render the argument meaningless. Spy shooters at KGP captured a convocation of European birds of prey leaving the General Motors test center, and aimed at benchmarking the C7 Corvette ZR1. The road train comprised of two C7 Corvette Stingrays, a 2013 Corvette ZR1, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8 V10 Spyder and Porsche 911 Carrera S and it was last seen heading down the same kinked-up back roads used to hone the Corvette Stingray.

The C7-series ZR1 and its possible 700 horsepower are still a ways off. If it really is being positioned to compete with the celestial exotica in the testing group, could it be the first Corvette to regularly be the first answer to the question "Cost no object, which would would you rather have?"


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      tnsubie
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Toyota Sienna and Ford E-series! They are trying to outdo everything!
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tnsubie
        Mark my words, the C7 ZR1 will have the seating capacity of a Sienna and the cargo hauling and ruggedness of an E-series.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahh to be a development engineer.
      John Hughan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt the Corvette will be the top answer to the "Cost no object" question, but it may for the first time be the answer to the "For the money, which would you rather have?" if it manages to become a solid value in terms of interior design, build quality, and overall fit and finish rather than purely in terms of performance.
      rebman70
      • 1 Year Ago
      Willing to bet both generations of the Corvette here smoked the Sienna and the Econoline.
      Stirling Matheson
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do you think it stacks up against the Sienna?
      JonnyO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must be fun to purchase the competitive benchmarking cars for a major car company. You can experience the thrill of taking delivery on a regular basis, all on someone else's dime.
      RodRAEG
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Stingray in blue is actually quite awesome looking. Just needs to lose the chrome rims.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing it out like this the corvette looks even better. I'm not a Vette person even though I have tons of respect for them but I'd love to have a C7.
      M Squad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would buy the Ferrari...if I didnt mind living in it
      GroceryGetter06
      • 1 Year Ago
      AB, you forgot the E150 and Sienna in that line up.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GroceryGetter06
        Hell yeah, Sienna vs. E150 comparison, so sick of these typical sport car comparisons, lets see something original, this is why I watch Top Gear.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cost no object is generally Ferrari although the Porsche Carrerra (not the 911 Carrerra) was damn close.
        John Hughan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I assume you mean Carrera GT?
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        @SloopJohnB
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          Phillip
          • 1 Year Ago
          Literally EVERY post regarding the Corvette you post the same exact stupid comment. Easily 10+ times! No one cares! You are worse than a spammer!
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      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol. skip on the Corshitte, HIT on the rest of them!