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Old 05-13-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default G8 vs Corvette

I have both. An 09 GT and a 07 Z51.

The Z51 is stock and I rarely drive it as it is the wifes DD. The GT is my DD . This week I have been driving the Vette and here are my observations on the two.
The GT is a much better all around car with :
Less interior noise.
Rides better.
Easier to get in and out of.
Feels fast. Vararam and SuperChips + cat back = major difference from stock.
Has much better ground clearance so getting around is not as stressful.

But after driving the Vette for a few days it is apparent that:
The heads up display is still cool.
The Vette while not as fun (scary, thrilling) to drive fast because of its much better controlled suspension is still quite a bit faster and the faster you go the more apparent the difference is.
Will go around the 25 mph entrance ramp on my daily drive at 65 before it breaks loose vs slightly over 50 for the GT.
Has one hell of a lot of interior noise on a rough road.
Is just a quicker car but in a deceiving manner.
Cost almost twice as much as the GT when new.
Is the last Corvette I will ever buy because of the 2 seater effect (No GD room)!
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:50 PM   #2
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You sir, are a fortunate man to have a G8 and Corvette.

I imagine your Corvette w/ the Z51 suspension package handles very well. I haven't driven or even rode in a C6, however, I would take one over my G8 any day of the week.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:13 AM   #3
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If you ever put xa kit or other set up on the g8 and lower it you will amazed at how much more road noise you get. Too me that was the biggest down fall of the mods I have made. It does rail around corners fairly well now though so I guess it's not too bad of a trade. Have you done a heads up race with the wife yet? I'm curious how bad she would beat you?
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If you ever put xa kit or other set up on the g8 and lower it you will amazed at how much more road noise you get. Too me that was the biggest down fall of the mods I have made. It does rail around corners fairly well now though so I guess it's not too bad of a trade. Have you done a heads up race with the wife yet? I'm curious how bad she would beat you?
I was considering the pedders no drop as I feel it is low enough and I had a bagged Silverado and a C5 that convinced me that lowering, while providing a "cool" look is not practical for me.
No heads up race but until I drove it this week I thought I was gaining more ground with my mods than I have in reality. When the Vette was almost new I ran a 12.8 and I saw guys running 12.6 stock at the time The speedo just sweeps way faster on the Vette than the G8. I can't find the video but I saw a new 09 Vette vs a new 09 GT and it was embarasing. Just saw the Vette pulling away almost immediately.
I have seen post of guys on this forum that "wasted" C6's at the track but I would be skeptical of any non blower GT doing that. I do not even have to line mine up to know who the winner would be. Still prefer the GT for a DD.

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Old 05-14-2010, 06:28 AM   #5
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I came from a 2007 Corvette Coupe [ 3LT w/HUD, stock - std suspension & 6L80 trans. ] to the 2009 G8 GT. I test drove 3 different G8 GTs – so drove them ‘back-to-back’ with the Corvette.

Your observations are quite similar to mine.
The ‘Vette was my daily driver, and only vehicle – for 2+ years and over 30,000 miles.

Driving the G8 GT is a significantly less ‘intense’ experience than driving the Corvette. And that certainly is attributable in large part to the run-flat OEM tires. Also to how much lower the ‘Vette is – and the shorter wheelbase, lighter weight, etc.

For what it is, the Corvette is an amazingly enjoyable & uniquely American interpretation of the classic sports car. It is very capable & a lot of fun to drive. And IMHO it was & still is a [ relative ] bargain.

What I was looking for, when the time came to change, was the closest thing to a ‘4DR Corvette’ that I could afford.
The G8 GT is ‘it’ – for me.
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I do miss the ‘Vette’s HUD.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:48 AM   #6
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ummm, the vette is your wife's DD??????

This thread's a joke right - well at least she was nice enough to let you take it out...(joking)

You must live in cali or florida or something right??
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I wish I had your problem...lol
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Man that is rough. Any other problems? Too much money? Wife a super model? House too big?



My mom has an 05' 6M with Corsa and a tune I think. I drove it a few times. Thing is pretty quick so I would imagine that with the new updated motor things are even more fun.
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ummm, the vette is your wife's DD??????

This thread's a joke right - well at least she was nice enough to let you take it out...(joking)

You must live in cali or florida or something right??
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I have seen post of guys on this forum that "wasted" C6's at the track but I would be skeptical of any non blower GT doing that. I do not even have to line mine up to know who the winner would be. Still prefer the GT for a DD.
I doubt there have been any claims of stock G8 GTs beating C6s at the track. I did beat an auto LS2 C6 at the track with my G8 with the mods listed in my sig, but I agree that it would take a cam or supercharger to take a LS3 C6. I too have much C6 seat time (Z06 and ZR1) and one comment I will make is that I like the G8 steering wheel much better than the C6s.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:56 PM   #12
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ummm, the vette is your wife's DD??????

This thread's a joke right - well at least she was nice enough to let you take it out...(joking)

You must live in cali or florida or something right??
Yes it is her DD as she is still worth it and I had a C5 which was more than enough of my azz sitting on the pavement wishing I could see over the Civic in front of me. We can actually drive them over 3 months out of the year down here
I don't even need a snowblower to get in my driveway anymore
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:28 PM   #13
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I was considering the pedders no drop as I feel it is low enough and I had a bagged Silverado and a C5 that convinced me that lowering, while providing a "cool" look is not practical for me.
No heads up race but until I drove it this week I thought I was gaining more ground with my mods than I have in reality. When the Vette was almost new I ran a 12.8 and I saw guys running 12.6 stock at the time The speedo just sweeps way faster on the Vette than the G8. I can't find the video but I saw a new 09 Vette vs a new 09 GT and it was embarasing. Just saw the Vette pulling away almost immediately.
I have seen post of guys on this forum that "wasted" C6's at the track but I would be skeptical of any non blower GT doing that. I do not even have to line mine up to know who the winner would be. Still prefer the GT for a DD.
once u do cam, converter, and all the bolt ons it pretty easy to walk a stock vette from a dig. From a roll might be a different story.
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In my G8GTstock. I raced a C5 (automatic) stock vette from a roll, and it walked me easily.
then we raced from a dig, off the line we were matched side by side and she wasnt able to break off me, until 4th gear the vette walked me had me by 3 car lengths at about 100mph
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I clicked on this thread right away hoping to read about the amazing features of the Vette but it doesn't seem like anyone here is blown away by them. I was actually thinking of getting a used C6 next year and selling my G8... guess I'll reconsider.
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Like I have posted before, I have both and they are night and day on their driving experience. The G8 is a daily driver and is a fast great handling car that you can haul the family/ friends around in. The Vette, a z51, is a race car for the street. It is quick, has an unbelievable amount of top end pull, and handles and stops like a go cart on the street. They come from different ends of the performance spectrum. The G8 is a great car, the Vette is an amazing car.
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Like I have posted before, I have both and they are night and day on their driving experience. The G8 is a daily driver and is a fast great handling car that you can haul the family/ friends around in. The Vette, a z51, is a race car for the street. It is quick, has an unbelievable amount of top end pull, and handles and stops like a go cart on the street. They come from different ends of the performance spectrum. The G8 is a great car, the Vette is an amazing car.
As the owner of an '07 C6 and '09 GT I concur
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I clicked on this thread right away hoping to read about the amazing features of the Vette but it doesn't seem like anyone here is blown away by them. I was actually thinking of getting a used C6 next year and selling my G8... guess I'll reconsider.

If you have something else to drive then it is an option you should consider, if the G8 is more a "toy"/weekend/nice weather car to you than an every day means of transport and that is what you'd use the vette for than it is worth looking into.

People will say you can mod the G8 for the price diff etc. but that doesn't replace a proper 6 speed manual, coupe look, better handling/braking, better power/weight ratio etc.

Now, if it was a question of making room to get a C6 for a GXP manual I'd say no way, why not get a used GTO manual for cheaper and make it a beast of a sleeper???? Plus they're cooler and more rare
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After driving my son in laws slightly lifted 4 wheel drive Diesel Dodge that is turned way up on power I think I might have found a great daily driver. He ran a 14.26 with that monster right after he souped it up last year. I can see over almost any vehicle on the road and it just moves when you step on it and love the turbo whistle. A Vette is not an acceptable DD for me as I have owned two and one was the DD for a while. You set so low you can't see anywhere. Get tired of the fiberglass popping and even though the C6 is light years ahead of the C5 for driving quality, ride etc it still drives like a heavy car for some insane reason. It is just not quick and snappy like it should be considering the weight. I am not trying to piss anyone off as it is a great car if that is what you want and my wife loves hers. I am just more of a truck guy and have started crusing the lots looking for a Duramax as I saw one with 1200 ft lbs of tq in a mag. It would be nice to run a 13 second quarter while pulling a Vette or a G8
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I doubt there have been any claims of stock G8 GTs beating C6s at the track.
I don't know about GTs, but GXPs have the exact same engine as the entry model Corvette, the 6.2L LS3, so in a straight line, performance should be identical, except that the G8 is less aerodynamic (which should only matter at the top end) and weighs a bit more... so the Vette will likely pull on you but not by much. With a CAI, tune, or other basic bolt ons, a GXP should pull on a stock Vette no problem.

The Z06 with it's 7.0L could probably only be beaten if you put a supercharger in a GXP (maybe on a GT.) And the top end Corvette, the ZR1? I don't see a G8 beating one of those with any combination of mods short of bolting on a jet turbine... but then again you could have 4-5 GXPs for the price of one ZR1 so at some point the comparison gets ridiculous. If money is no object then why don't we all just trade in our G8s for Bugatti Veyrons.
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