Nissan practically reinvented the sports car market when they released their 240Z. Automakers across the world have tried to emulate, imitate, or otherwise show that they have been influenced by the simple purity of the concept: make a light vehicle with great handling and you’ll do well in the sales department. One surprising adopter of this is the Corvette, which was once heading down the road to become a luxury muscle car but is now more of a near-supercar, not unlike the modern 370Z. Still, the two vehicles are miles apart in many respects.
Starting at just under $50,000 the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is far and away more expensive than even the most fully loaded out 2013 Nissan 370Z. But that does not necessarily make it a better vehicle or a better value. Part of the charm of the Nissan has always been that it has known how to do more with less, and the new 370Z certainly proves that point.
A great example of this can be found in the acceleration department. One would expect that the extra $20,000 or so that went into the fire-breathing 6.2 liter V8 would dominate the much smaller 3.7 liter V6. On paper maybe, with 430 horsepower compared to the Nissan’s 350, but already we are seeing something amazing. How can Nissan’s motor lose 2 cylinders and be just over half-the size of the V8 on the Corvette but yet yield only 80 horsepower? Looking at the 0 to 60 times between the two cars and you’ll see something more amazing: the Nissan clocks in at just under 4.6 seconds while the Corvette struggles to meet its claimed 4.2 second time!
If roughly 0.4 seconds is worth around $20,000 to you, you might try an aftermarket supercharging kit for the 370Z and be in the high 3 second territory along with some very expensive pasta-rockets and still have 5 figures to spare! Add to this the nearly identical slalom speeds in the low 70 mph range, and it becomes increasingly hard to justify the extra expense of the Corvette.
There is little doubt that both vehicles will turn heads in the looks department, but close attention to detail shows that America still has a long way to go before it can catch up with Japan in terms of fit and finish. The new Corvette is well put together by American standards, but the way panels fit together on the 370Z makes it look as it the whole vehicle was simply forged out of some other material instead of manufactured!
While Chevrolet has done a great job learning from master, the simple fact is that Nissan has never lost step with what driving enthusiasts want: value, performance, and handling. Come see for yourself why the 370Z continues the legend at Montgomeryville Nissan today!