In this latest video from Drive, Chris Harris asks straight away, "Can you still compare a base Corvette to a Porsche Carerra?" That's an particularly interesting question in this film, as the 911 in question is a 400-horsepower Carrera S model that's been fitted with $60,000 in options. Base price of a Corvette Stingray? $51,995. Harris' tester features an automatic and some other goodies that push it right up to that $60,000 range. So yes, the options on the Porsche cost as much as this entire 460-hp Chevrolet.

Harris stresses that this isn't a full review, but he does exercise both cars in a more composed manner before reverting to his traditionally exuberant driving style. The impressions are, as always, spot on, with Harris favoring the pointy nature and V8 power of the Stingray, while enjoying the gearbox (Porsche's exceptional PDK transmission) and just about everything else on the 911.

Take a look below for the latest video from Drive, and let us know if you agree with Mr. Harris' views on these two sports cars.


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      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a very balanced video and somewhat expected outcome. I could not believe they would give him an automatic but with his made skills behind the wheel I am sure it mattered little.
      turkeythundergod
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Corvette owner, there's nobody who can deny that the Corvette is the best value in a sports car there is. That said, people who can afford a $160k 911S don't go out and buy a $60k Corvette instead, if they've got the means and the will to buy the 911, they do. Would they consider a ~$100k Z06? Maybe, but the reality is that a ot of people with the means and the will to buy a supremely expensive Porsche simply aren't going to put Corvette on their radar. They run in the Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati circles, the idea of showing up in a Corvette is just not acceptable to these guys at all. Having driven the two cars hard on a track, it's a lot of personal preference. The gearing on the 911 is designed such that you can have fun and wind it out at lower speeds, the Corvette runs to 70+ in fist gear - the engine doesn't even start coming alive until 45mph. The basic Corvette doesn't have as much grip as a 911 4S, but my new Grand Sport has more grip (if not traction). The Corvette has boatloads more power, and you can tell The interior in the 911 is of course eaps and bounds better in every single way than the Corvette. At the end of the day, the Corvette is faster, but the 911 is easier to drive fast and more luxurious. The Corvette is quintessentially American, it will melt the tires at a whim in a glorious blend of smoke and sound. The 911 is quintessentially German, it is engineered exhaustively and no small detail is overlooked - they took an inherently flawed platform for a sportscar and engineered it until it works great. IMO, at the end of the day every American guy should own a Corvette in their lifetime. It's the attainable supercar, and even much older models like the C4 offer massive performance bargains. The 911 is a great car, but the cost of entry is also very high. If I were given the choice between the two for free, of course I'd take the 911. But since my cars aren't free, and I have to upkeep them, I went Corvette. It's less expensive to buy, and much less expensive to upkeep. It can essentially be fixed in a shed by anyone with some basic tools.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        It really depends on what you want. If involved performance drivings matters more to you than luxury, you are going to choose the Corvette every time. I personally love the styling of the new Stingray and I'd buy 20 of them before I'd every consider a Porsche.
        Jonathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        Great post. Refreshing to hear an owner who offers an impartial viewpoint about both cars.
        Santa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        German cars...well engineered. Just check ALL the studies. VW usually at the bottom (same guys that do Porsche), Audi barely mid pack, Porsche meh. Chevy....bullet proof.
          Firefly
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Santa
          VW usually at the bottom (same guys that do Porsche), Audi barely mid pack, Porsche meh. -considering VW engineers built the Veyron, that no Corvette on Earth could EVER touch, your comment is quite absurd, as is your logic....and this from a guy who loves the Corvette. Chevy....bullet proof. ...and this is why every performance component mid engined car uses a Porsche gearbox? I agree the engine is great, but you have to give credit where it is due and stop being so blindly patriotic that it comes off as stupid...
          Burn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Santa
          @firefly WRONG ZF Friedrichshafen is not a Porsche subsidiary
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Santa
          I like some Chevies, but Bullet proof ? lol.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Santa
          oh man. this ignorance
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Santa
          Did you actually check ALL the studies yourself or did you just look up VW and assume the same for Porsche???
        jtv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        Well said.
        tonytuzz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        Agree. I'm a Porsche guy, but love the new Vette. Will I buy one? Not my thing, but I have Vette friends and can't wait to drive it. (I like chocolate, you like vanilla, etc.) Variety is what it's all about. My favorite days at the track are the ones where EVERYBODY shows up: Vettes, P cars, STI's, Vipers, Lambos, Ferraris, BMW's, etc. It's a great way to learn stuff about fast cars, driving skill, and cameraderie. Single marque days are kinda boring... I'd encourage the fanbois who are putting down one or the other of these great cars to open their minds. A true enthusiast of this subject opens him(her)self up to all of the possibilities without prejudice.
      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      Porsche has to be annoyed after all these years... Everytime a car maker makes a good car.... They pull the same "it's better than a 911" BS....I'm really tired of Chevy they barely get cars right like 2-3 good cars every decade, but are the first to brag... Remember the cts went after the 5 series? Make a great car on its own merit, not because it's cheaper and comes with more standard...
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me
        Vette is never gunning after 911 (at least they say they don't have specific target). I can only think Nissan (obvious) and McLaren (P13) that targeting 911. This video is made by Chris Harris, nothing to do with Chevy. Still, it's interesting that many show love to put 911 against many other cars. 911 must be really successful in their eyes to be 'bullied' like that.
        Jonathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me
        I feel that Porsche is probably proud that many performance brands aim for their 911 as the benchmark. As far for the merit portion of your argument regarding price and options, look no further than the Lexus, which made its mark in the early 90s against heavily overpriced European competition. Today you will observe that Hyundai is doing the same thing with their Genesis and Equus, to great success.
      wickedsc300
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 911 makes the C7 look like it was designed by kids. The C7 looks like they threw on a bunch of angles, creases, lines and vents just to make it look aggressive. Unless you are buying a car to compete professionally the 911 is a much, much better car.
        tylermars.design
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wickedsc300
        You should take a closer look, sounds like you haven't driven/seen one in person.
      Bruce Schug
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's hard to take seriously a tester who gets his jollies from boiling the tires off a couple of high-performance sports cars by drifting them through turns on a race track and can't even pronounce "Por-sha" correctly.
        untitledfolder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        You're talking about Chris Harris... pretty sure he's legendary so seriousness isn't a concern.
        PJPHughes1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        He's worked for AutoCar and Evo Magazine in the UK. Pretty much one of the best automotive journalists out there and up there. Way more serious that Jeremy Clarkson. Chris knows his stuff, and show me a journalist who doesn't enjoy drifting a test car on a track through a turn once in a while.
        Brex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        Chris Harris is a crack automotive journalist who has serious driving chops. He's even raced Porsches so I'm pretty sure he can pronounce it any way he pleases. Just because a Brit doesn't pronounce it the same as you doesn't make it wrong.
          LLL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brex
          doesn't make it right either
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        What the others said and he uses BOTH pronounciations in the video. Also: since when do Americans care how something is pronounced in the original language?!!!
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      No denying the Vette is superior performance wise, but there's also no denying that the interior of the Vette is made from worn out display playskool playhouses GM steals from the dumpsters out back of Toys'R'US's.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        You have to build to a price point. You can't have a five-star dining experience for the price of a three-star restaurant. You can still get equally delicious food, but the extra cost goes beyond the meat and potatoes. Besides, the interior in the Vette is hardly a turnoff. It's not luxury by any standard, but come on; if you were expecting different then I don't know what to tell you.
          Sean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          TOPLELZ omg you're so right !! Like all cars are totally built the SAME way!! ! Why buy a C7 when you can buy a charger! They're the same thing, have V8z and drive the rears! Posers and yuppies only buy 911s M3s and GullARDOS because they have mo moneys than brains and can't drive worth Sh!t!!! Man, what was I thinking. Lmao porschuh should sell their GT3s for 70k since it's the same thing anyway lol haha
          LLL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          wow look at the big brain on Burn !
          Burn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          Kind of push for that one huh? It looks like LLL hit nerve with you.. you ever watch"how its made" or ultra fa ctories" on D or history channel? they show detailed footage of these cars being made,, from Audi R8 to Ferrari 599 to Corvette... they are EXTREMELY alike. I don't see any Quadricorn powered unobtanium machines in the Eurofactories that you all seem to think exists behind close factory doors.. Well where does this "voodoo" occur to justify the massively inflated price of these mass produced supercars? The point is.. if you like Porsche ,, fine, nice cars.. just don't try to tell everyone else that its anything more than marketing and propaganda...
        Mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Actually both cars use the same exact supplier and same exact materials. The Supplier is Lear.
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Unless you work at Toys'R'Us, how would you know exactly what brand name of plastic goes in their dumpsters? Please show me where you could do better.
          Burn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Firefly
          the fact that a 120 grand car is made with "plastic" at all is pretty pathetic..
        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I guess GM assumes that the average vette buyer doesn't car too much about the interior. But Porsche knows to offer key coloring to match your car for a couple hundred. Hmmmmmmmmm
      Santa
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel sorry for Porsche owners. Those poor (sorry poor, not lack of money poor) guys have to compare their "fine", well engineered (needs more repairs) machines to some lowly car costing half as much. I'd be embarrassed too. Porsche $120k vette $60k What if a Viper was $30K....Would the vette owners say the Viper is crude and uncouth?
        davebo357
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        If a Viper was $30k two things would happen. 1. Fiat would be bankrupt and 2. We would all own Vipers.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        I can pay some chop shop to graft an LS onto a Caterham frame, and "embarrass" the Vette. Problem is, nobody cares.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        " I'd be embarrassed too. " That's because you're insecure. If your only source of pride is your car than you have some serious issues. Buy the car YOU like, nobody else is really going to care what you drive.
          Jonathan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          I agree with the "buy the car you like" advice 100%. However, the "nobody else is really going to care what you drive" is a little less true. People react to you a lot differently when you have a "nicer" car, just like they do when you're dressed in nice clothes. This is why people wear suits and ties to job interviews and when applying for loans at a bank. While I am still young, I have noticed that some people tend to "walk you out the parking lot" as a pretense of courtesy when in fact, sometimes they want to see what you drive.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        This is one the more fallacy-riddled posts I've seen to kick off the new year.
      t_dixon28
      • 1 Year Ago
      At the begining of the test, he begin talking about the vette's brake firmness. "Brake pedal is good, brake pedal is nice and firm. But i don't think they'll hold out forever." But all through the test, he never mention one complaint about the brakes fading. That proved to me, that he had a somewhat preconceived notion about the car, before the test.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @t_dixon28
        I think you're grasping at straws. He's one of the most transparent journalists out there. What benefit would it provide for him to bring bias in the picture?
          LLL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          what benefit?? LOL really dude? A UK "journalist" who owns many Porsches wouldn't be biased? please...
        LLL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @t_dixon28
        lol u noticed that 2? that is how all these Euro-boys review.. They have to rely on terms like "feel" and "seems" to sell the BS they peddle.. Truth is ,, they know deep down that they are the fools for VW/Audi's bottom line .. They buy these cars assuming their is a marked difference in quality and price justification..\ P.S. If the 911 has been soooo refined from model to model,,and 50 years of building the exact same car..then the few models ago must have been real crap.. These journalist fanboys bring so much undeserved bias to these "reviews" that they are pretty much 911 commercials so they can keep being invited by Porsche to these "outings" for "jouralists".. it BS and its run its course..
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is an idea. The next time you want to put a Corvette in a comparison test, put it next to a vehicle with the same MSRP.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        They've been doing these comparisons for decades. How about you just enjoy the video? Nobody's forcing you to watch it.
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          Exactly, the same thing for decades. How about changing it up for once? Put an equally priced z06 against an equally priced 911S. Lets see how that goes for a change after decades of the same old thing.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          why? we all know how this would work out! 911 the better allrounder...Z06 terribly uncomfortable but the better track car.
      Santa
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Porsche is more Refined? Porsche owners use that word because they have nothing else. Queen Elizabeth is more REFINED than Kate Upton, big deal, give me Kate!!!!
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        Seriously, give us a quantifiable, objective argument with evidence for why the Porsche is better and worth the extra money. They can't.
          HJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bandit5317
          they can. it's called manufacturing tolerances, air, heat management, durability tests, etc. but all those standards which are fabulous for the engineers may not be as useful in the real world. that's what impresses me about the vette. it doesn't need the look and feel of the high grade plastics, leathers, metals in the carrera's interior because those things ultimately aren't very relevant to operating or enjoying the car for it's intended purpose. gimme the vette.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bandit5317
          Seriously, they don't need to give you a quantifiable objective argument with evidence. Buy whatever car you prefer.
          Bandit5317
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bandit5317
          @Cayman I'm not telling people what to do with their money, I'm debating the merits of two cars. That's why the Porsche fans are in this comment section, and the same goes for Corvette fans.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santa
        simply shows both of you have never driven one
      Philip Kozakieiwcz
      • 1 Year Ago
      let's face it guys, the Corvette is now in its own league in terms of performance, even the 911S struggles to keep up with it, also keep in mind that the current base Corvette is as capable and potent as the previous gen Z06 was (which outporformed such elite cars like a pagani zonda f, a porsche carrera gt or a lamborghini murcielago lp640 on the ring). that in turn means that a base 911 of the current 991 generation would be as potent as a 997 GT3/RS was. the 911 is officially not in the Corvette's league anymore, in fact it is far from it nowadays, as far as true , pure and sheer sportscar performance goes. for the image-oriented buyer that wants to blow money, all of that does not matter of course. but those of us who have learned to give credit where it is due, and are not shy to admit to a defeat, know that the Corvette is the better sportscar by a lot these days. most europeans will never admit, and would always find ways to downplay an American car over anything from europe, (inferiority complex hard at play), but here is one german, that will straight out admit the truth, the C7 Corvette blows away the 991 911 Porsche with ease. greetings from the home of porsche----
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        You cannot say that the Cotvette is the better car just because it has more horsepower. It's a bargain when it comes to performance and all out speed but the Porsche, like Chris Harris says does it so effortlessly smooth. and better.
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        No, you have it all wrong. The 911 is the better sports car. The Corvette just happens to be closer to being as good than ever, with a bigger price advantage than ever before.
          Dylan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          Really, is that why everyone that isn't just a whiny porsche fanboy is raving about it being better?
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        Lol, so much american fanboism in this statement, it's pathetic. The Porsche is a better car, suck it up. It's just way too expensive compared to the Corvette. This is why the Corvette wins, it's cheaper, not better.
        jawnath1n
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        Base C7 replaces and exceeds the previous base C6, but it not as capable as the C6 Z06. Compared to the C6 Z06, base C7 has more weight, less tire, less power.
      Tom Slater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fairly predictable results. We all know the Corvette punches above it's weight. Dollar for dollar, nobody beats it. With a base price of 100K and 60K in options on it, though, Porsche should be humiliated to even be in this comparison.
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