In this next matchup, has the Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe met its match? Watch as Edmunds and their long-time test C8 Corvette goes racing against the BMW M4 Competition.
On paper, these two sports cars look to be evenly matched with the BMW M4 having 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque while the Z51 Stingray offers 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. They are also in the same ballpark in curb weight with the M4 coming in at 3,780 lbs vs the Z51 Coupe’s 3,649 lbs.
And even the performance stats from both cars are nearly aligned as tested by Edmunds:
But that’s where the comparison ends. Of course, the Stingray moved to the mid-engine configuration while the BMW M4 is a traditional front-engine/RWD layout (and it even has back seats). And then there are the turbos. The BMW gets its 503 hp from a 3-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine. All for a base price starting at $75,695.
In the video, Carlos Lago is driving the Corvette while Kurt Niebuhr is in the BWM. Kurt is pretty confident about the BMW’s chances as there has been some discussion of the M4 having more power than originally advertised. While they were planning on having just one drag race and one roll race, both drivers were having too much fun and we get double that amount in this surprising head-to-head matchup.
Edmunds / YouTube