Chalk up another victim for the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Edmunds.com recently pitted Chevy’s latest generation of America’s Sports Car against the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.
Based on numbers alone, the Corvette shouldn’t have won this shootout of macho sports cars. For instance, the Stingray was giving up 85 horsepower to the GT-R, and the Nissan was priced nearly $50,000 higher than the Corvette.
In the end, though, it didn’t matter as Edmunds gave the nod to the Stingray.
“We expected this one to be close. It wasn’t,” they wrote.
“Though it smoked the Corvette in acceleration and in the slalom and offers a better interior, it didn’t matter if we were at the track, in a canyon or just driving home; the GT-R simply isn’t as exciting as the ‘Vette.”
Edmunds especially praised the Stingray’s steering, calling it “outstanding: quick and hyper-pointy with solid feel and precision.” They also said it wasn’t just “Corvette good” or “electric steering good,” – “it’s no-qualifier exemplary.”
The Z51’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control and its multiple drive modes also impressed Edmunds.
“Select Touring mode and the C7 rides with all the confidence and composure of a Cadillac,” Edmunds writes. “Flick the knob over to Track and it’s a tail-happy terrier without a millimeter of slack. You won’t find that flexibility in the GT-R.”
Without the first consumer-driven car on the road, the Stingray has already taken over the realm once occupied by the GT-R, according to Edmunds.
“When the Nissan GT-R first showed up on the scene, it occupied a unique position. Nothing offered similar performance, technology, refinement and badassery at the GT-R’s price. Not even close. That domain now belongs to the Stingray. Nothing offers this much refinement, power, performance, tech and driver involvement at this price.”
Perhaps most telling – and satisfying to Corvette fans – is Edmunds’ supposition that GT-R doesn’t lose the challenge to the Corvette because it’s not $47,020 better than the Stingray.
“It loses because it’s not better than the Corvette, period,” Edmunds says.