Their differences disappear on the track.
The last Ferrari 458 Speciale and the new Chevy Corvette C8 are separated by five years. There’s a pricing difference between them as well, but it narrows once they’re on the track. In a new Carwow video, the duo is put through a series of drag races to demonstrate this.
The Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 from General Motors. Across the pond, it generates 482 horsepower (354 kilowatts) and 452 pound-feet (613 Newton-meters) of torque. Chevy uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to send power to the rear wheels.
A naturally aspirated V8 is also used in the Ferrari, but it is smaller at 4.5 litres. It generates 605 horsepower (444 kW) and 398 pound-feet (540 Nm) of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s also a touch lighter than the Corvette, which is a plus.
Three standing-start drag races pit the two against one other. The Corvette gets a significant jump off the line over the Ferrari in the first race, and the 458 is unable to close the distance, losing the first race. The second race begins with a much more level playing field, with the Ferrari edging away its first victory.
The Corvette got a much better start in the final race, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Ferrari, which inched ahead just before the finish line. The Ferrari completed the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds. The Corvette was right behind it with an 11.8-second time as its best.
Both rolling races are equally thrilling. The first is relatively even through the finish line with the vehicles in their least sporty settings. The Ferrari does not pull away as quickly as it did in the second rolling race, which is held under the cars’ most aggressive settings. With its complex brakes, the Ferrari easily won the final braking test, while the Corvette had ordinary steel discs.
While the older Ferrari outperforms the new Corvette, the two cars have a huge price difference, with the Corvette being a bargain with supercar performance. There will be more powerful Corvettes on the way, including hybrid and fully electric models that will be more expensive than the Stingray. They will, however, continue to defy performance expectations.
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