Automobile Magazine just concluded their massive All-Stars issue but instead of resting on their laurels, they decided that it would be better to take advantage of their final hours with a couple of the vehicles that had been loaned to them for the big test and have themselves a good, old fashioned one on one comparison test.
The competitors they lined up (in case you are one of these people who is adamantly against reading headlines) were none other than our hometown hero, the completely new and reproportioned 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 and a $235,084 All-Wheel-Drive 631 Horsepower V10 Raging Bull, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo.
In spite of a 136 HP deficit, America’s Sports Car handles itself admirably against the much more expensive Italian exotic; quoth the author, “this comparison is a lot closer than you might expect. Mostly, that’s because the Corvette punches way above its weight, and not due to any specific deficiency on the Lambo’s part.”
In a straight line, the LT2 “all-American masterpiece” propels the ‘Vette to 60 in a Lambo-equaling 2.8 seconds but begins to fade if both drivers keep their right foot planted. The Stingray reaches the century mark in 7.2 seconds vs the Huracan’s 5.7 and at 1,320 feet, a similar gap remains with the Italian hitting 135 mph in a blistering 10.4 second run and the Corvette stopping the clock at 11.2 seconds @ 122 mph. The Corvette’s acceleration will also be stopped by the laws of physics sooner, at either 184 or 194 miles per hour (Z51 vs Base) compared to the 202 that the Evo can achieve but the testers noted that “there are basically no places in America for owners to probe those speeds, so the Lambo’s lead here is negligible. What counts is that the C8 can hang with the Lamborghini in straight-line speed—with less power (but greater torque) and without all-wheel drive. Oh, and for less than a third of the price.”
The sound made by Chevrolet’s new 6.2L V8 also drew praise when compared to the Huracan’s melodious naturally aspirated 5.2L V10, “Take your pick on which engine sounds better—the Vette’s classic American soundtrack or the Lamborghini’s exotic V-10 wail.”
With a six-figure price gap between them, are these mid-engine sports cars from Chevy and Lamborghini even comparable? Yes.https://t.co/eKuD23zKOI— Automobile Magazine (@automobilemag) April 2, 2020
On the handling and drivability front, Bowling Green’s finest continued to distinguish itself with “a downright supple ride” that “soaked up bumps smoothly and quietly” on the road and “driver-selectable chassis and powertrain modes” that “afford it greater behavior bandwidth than the Huracan” on track. GM’s chassis engineers won their usual praise as some of the best in the entire business here with their latest work being called “balanced” and able to “be pushed comfortably to its limits, never delivering any snappiness or edge.”
One thing about the Plastic did turn out to be not so Fantastic though. They call the Corvette’s brake pedal operation “spongy weirdness” and continue by saying “Never did we feel as if the Vette’s stopping power was in question—only that it was difficult to understand; the Lambo’s stoppers operated more linearly and predictably, with far better feel.”
They wrap-up the comparison with an examination of style and prestige. Flipping through the stunning gallery of the two cars together, we would excuse anyone who wasn’t trained to know that the Lambo has to be beautiful because it is a rare work of Sant’Agata art for finding the Rapid Blue product of Kentucky to be the more attractive of the pair. Automobile goes even further than that, stating, “The C8 attracts Lamborghini levels of attention, a phenomenon unlikely to subside no matter how many GM builds. Americans are intimately familiar with the Corvette, less so with this new wedge-shaped, exotic-looking version, so we encountered plenty of curious onlookers in California and especially Michigan with our test vehicles. Just like its performance, the long, pointy 2020 Corvette’s visual wattage zaps well beyond its attainable pricing.”
Even though we have spoiled more of the article than we usually like to, we will save the final verdict and more of the fine points for you to discover by reading the whole piece over on Automobilemag.com but either way the chips fall here, we continue to be thoroughly impressed by GM’s new mid-engine marvel!
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