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Smackdown: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs. Porsche 911

Testers debate these iconic sports cars, and suggest affordable used alternatives

Published: June 24, 2014 12:00 PM

Corvette vs. 911. The rivalry between Chevrolet and Porsche’s flagship sports cars spans more than half a century, and it has been fodder for more articles than you can possibly count. Since both cars were recently redesigned, we bought one of each for the Consumer Reports fleet to see how their latest incarnations measure up.

After a long and cold winter, test results are finally in. "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" Episode 35 goes deep into the details of track testing these high-performance coupes.

The engineers Tom Mutchler and Gabe Shenhar are joined by the two technicians that get the numbers for these—and all—test cars, Ryan Pszczolkowski and Joe Veslak. The result is a spirited discussion on the merits and downsides of these iconic cars. You can tell that Ryan and Joe really enjoy their work, with cars like these.

Of course, not everyone can afford the Corvette and 911’s lofty price tags. A well-timed viewer question asks us about what used rear-wheel-drive sports cars we’d choose. Lots of votes go for the Mazda Miata, but many other alternatives come up, including the BMW 3 Series, Ford Mustang, and Honda S2000.

Check out the discussion in the video above.

As with the other reports, this episode is also available free through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the video or audio. You'll also find the video on YouTube and the audio via SoundCloud.

Also view:
"Talking Cars" Episode 34: Tesla patents, Ford fuel economy
"Talking Cars" Episode 33: Mini Cooper, German engineering, and more
"Talking Cars" Episode 32: The worst car ever

"Talking Cars" Episode 31: New test cars, from big to small
"Talking Cars" Episode 30: 2014 New York auto show

Tom Mutchler


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