Which is the better sports car the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL 1 or the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Both the Camaro ZL 1 and the new, 2014 Corvette Stingray, are cars that deliver on a promise. That promise is performance. Throughout the approximately four decades that the Camaro and Corvette have been made by Chevrolet concurrently, the company has been very careful to never let the Camaro’s performance and desirability exceed that of the Corvette, its halo car. However, due to some quirk of nature, Chevy finds itself in the odd position of currently offering the 2013 Camaro ZL 1 and the 2014 Corvette Stingray at the same moment in time. Which car is the better sports car?
Drivetrain Comparison 2014 Corvette Stingray and 2013 Camaro ZL 1
The 2013 Camaro ZL 1 has a 6.2 liter 580 horsepower, supercharged V8 engine. Torque is an amazing 560 lb-ft. The engine is coupled to either a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2014 Corvette Stingray will also displace 6.2 liters, however, it is not the same exact engine. In fact, Chevy claims that most of the parts are not interchangeable. Even without any forced induction (no turbo or supercharger) the engine is very powerful. It will produce about 450 horsepower. This is so much less horsepower, and the torque will also be much less, that the Camaro is the clear winner here. End of discussion. That the Corvette can come with a 7 speed transmission means nothing. That gear is strictly a second overdrive added mainly for a tiny bump in fuel economy and to keep up rivals on paper.
When the 2013 Corvette ZR1, the top Corvette, matched up against the 2013 Camaro ZL 1 the Corvette’s 638 hp made it clear who was king of the hill. Now that the new Corvette has arrived and there is no ZR1 yet, the Camaro takes the lead in power.
Cost Comparison Camaro vs Corvette
Both the Camaro ZL 1 and the Corvette will start in the mid $50K range. The ZL 1’s official base price is $54,350. Chevy hasn’t yet put up a “build your own” configurator for the Corvette Stingray, but we know from interviews that it will start in the mid-$50K range. Options are likely to match up pretty well, and a Camaro ZL 1 and Corvette Stingray (base) with navigation, similar seating materials and similar equipment options will likely cost the same within a couple thousand dollars, which at this price point is no difference at all. Tie.