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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Comparison Test

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edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Comparison Test

We pit the 460-horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 against the 662-horsepower 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

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    bankerdannybankerdanny Member Posts: 1,021
    I am not at all surprised. I am a Mustang guy through and through, but I would have been shocked if the GT500 had won. Power output aside, the Shelby is a war hammer compared to the Vette's Katana. It will be very interesting to see how the upcoming new Mustang, with the much anticipated IRS does. Until then however, the Corvette is the undisputed King of American cars.
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    noburgersnoburgers Member Posts: 500
    So a comparison to a ZL1 might be pretty even, if my logic is right.

    I think the character of these two cars couldn't be further apart. The GT500 is a monster, the Corvette seems to be a beast that is more tameable. Is that a correct perception?

    Please have a redo when a new equivalent Mustang comes out.
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    noburgersnoburgers Member Posts: 500
    I wish Edmunds would always display the comments at the end of the blog posts, so you can see them before posting. I frequently find what I just posted was already said by other readers. So, ditto, @bankerdanny.
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    shepskishepski Member Posts: 45
    An apples-to-oranges comparison of course, but still interesting (if not at all surprising).
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    greenponygreenpony Member Posts: 531
    noburgers, you have to scroll back up and hit the blue "comments" button to view comments beforehand. If you need to reference the blog post and the comments at the same time, then right-click "back to article" and open in a new tab/window. I know, I know, this is just a workaround for a poorly-designed website...
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    gofortheneckgofortheneck Member Posts: 42
    Lord-o-Mercy! Does anyone at edmunds.com have an inkling how boring these comparisons are? Especially when it's an article comparing apples and oranges!

    Hey edmunds.com: hire some editors who understand the audience.
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    66vette266vette2 Member Posts: 3
    The Stingray may be the better car but dang its ugly. I haven't seen one in person so I should not judge. The photos don't make me want to run out and purchase one. I have had three vettes. Two 66 427 convertibles and a 72 454 coupe. All three beautiful to look at. The new one not so much.
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    mikeymike304mikeymike304 Member Posts: 5
    If all you are going to do is give the c7 the win because it is better on a track then why don't you run it against track cars? Also for the gtr one not sure where you got that time the GTR ran a 1:19.55. So how much is Chevy paying you guys for these comparisions?
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    shriker66shriker66 Member Posts: 7
    Holy Cow...I new this new Corvette was good but whoa....it is BETTER than expected.

    The Vette decimated this GT500 which has 200 hp more.....its bad enough that the ZL-1 with 80+ less hp and 200 more pounds beats the aging Shelby but this shows you the difference between an all out state of the art BASE Corvette and the venerable but again Shelby.

    GT500 is a great muscle car but the General is pumping out some fantastic products these days....

    Lets see if they can keep it up.....
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    greedyamericangreedyamerican Member Posts: 1
    Whoever did this series of comparison, from Viper, GTR, Porsche to Mustang is completely biased towards the vette. When he first compared it against the Viper, he said it was not fair because the Viper has bigger engine and V10! And when he compared against the GTR, he said it was Nissan fault because the turbo was affected by the heat. Then why isn't this Vette's fault for having a small engine comparing to the Viper? And why when comparing to the Porsche didn't he mention the 911 is only a V6!!! This is very biased. Just because the new Vette looks better than the previous generation doesn't mean you have to be blindly biased. I actually like the new Vette, but because of your stupid biased, it makes me sick of this stingray!!
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    superlativesuperlative Member Posts: 1
    They are really two classes. The Corvette is a proper sports car, and the GT500 is a grand touring. Of course the Corvette will win on a track.

    Also: the problem with the GT500's rear suspension is not the live axle. You journalists really need to do more research. It's the panhard bar. A live rear axle with a Watts link is more capable on a track than IRS. Fact. An IRS will edge out a LRA+watts link on the street becaus it's more comfortable, but on a track where there's no potholes, the LRA+watts link is more stable and dominate on the track.
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    jconawayjconaway Member Posts: 1
    Vette got smoked! Beautiful! 1/4 is all that matters. I have been driving for a while now and I cant ever remember turning down a race to say,"lets take this to the road course". Nope! Its who can get to point A to point B the fastest. The stang did that! Vette lost!
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    ks55ks55 Member Posts: 8
    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 Sears Die Hard Battery Comparison Test ...............2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 John Deer Lawn Tractor ......................... 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 Maytag Dishwasher Comparison Test..............Give it a freakin rest already Edmunds. We get it ....you like the new Corvette......we get it. B O R I N G
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    v8nutsv8nuts Member Posts: 7
    it looks like Chevy has hit a home run and this new stingray is just running circles around the more expensive competition.
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    vtiroczvtirocz Member Posts: 2
    superlative,
    You commented that a live rear axle with a Watts link is more capable on a track than IRS (from the context, you aren't talking 1/4 mile track). I disagree for a number of reasons. Any evidence to support that statement?
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    mboilymboily Member Posts: 15
    Edmunds,
    I believe it is time to poll vote:
    Should Edmunds bring back the previous Inside Line web site?
    Yes: X
    No:
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    mboilymboily Member Posts: 15
    You’ve really lost my interest with this site since Edmunds took over.
    I used to spend at least an hour a day reading editors columns and user comments, now I barely come here anymore.
    It's because of the Corvette C7 vs (all the cars) that I'm back.
    I wish Inside Line was separates like it used to be...
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    vetteaholicvetteaholic Member Posts: 1
    This article is spot on. While it's true that this comparison is apples to oranges, the Vette vs Mustang debaters will never see it that way. The truth is, for all it's shortcomings the GT500 is a great muscle car..but a muscle car will never behave like well designed sports car on a track. One thing the article doesn't mention is that the C7 has an extremely low center of gravity that...along the with optimal weight balance mentioned here...make it a beast in the slalom and on a track.
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    vetteaholicvetteaholic Member Posts: 1
    Fyi to jconoway: To a sports car buyer, the 1/4 mile is not "all that matters". Many sports car owners..myself included...race only on tracks, circuits private roads. Street racing is dumb and dangerous.
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    kirkhilles_kirkhilles_ Member Posts: 151
    @ks55 - That's silly. You're saying that handling doesn't matter. There are reasons why people get cars (like say the Miata) that are FUN to drive as opposed to those that only go in a straight line. If you're looking for winning quarter mile times, then
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    billybeefcakebillybeefcake Member Posts: 1
    Honestly I think the contest was too close for Chevrolet. They are comparing a model of car that is essentially in it's 10th year of existence (introduced in 2005) with an updated 5.8L V8 monster.

    So the brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray beat out a 10 year old car. Big woopie!

    I think this goes to show you just how amazing the Mustang GT500 really is, to have held up as well as it has over the decade. It barely got beat by the Corvette, and if I was listening right with a set of wider tires this car could have taken the Corvette.

    Check out the GT 500 Super Snake Wide Body for how awesome that car can look flaired.
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    gkimberlingkimberlin Member Posts: 1
    I happen to love the looks of the new Stingray . I'm sure somewhere theres' a guy who bought a new Corvette in 1953 and thinks every Corvette after that sucks . I've always loved the Corvette and I really think GM hit a Grand Slam home run with this one !!!!
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    hotrod40fordhotrod40ford Member Posts: 1
    I am not sure why these are being compared....2 seats vs 4 seats. Should I want to go for a cruise with the wife and kids choose the Shelby, go for a blast with the mistress choose the Corvette.Therefore the wife and mistress should never meet and not be compared, both are tops in their own perspective catagories.
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    traffic2traffic2 Member Posts: 1
    I wonder as to if I can get Chevy's Corvette without the big 6.2 v8(preferably like a supercharged 5.7) with the same horsepower and torque as the Ford Mustang Shelby supercharged 5.8 v8(662 horses and 631lb foot torque).Also,why the Chevy Corvette only has 2 valves per cylinder compared to the Mustang Shelby's 4 valves per cylinder?
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