2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: 911 vs. Corvette Stingray
December 06, 2013
"Which would you rather have?" my mother asked. She wanted me to choose between two of our long-term cars: the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. I knew immediately what my answer was.
"The Corvette. No question," I said.
"Really?" she responded, surprised.
I explained that the Porsche 911 is brilliant around corners. It's precise like a sniper rifle. The flat-six engine in the Porsche makes a classy, highly tuned sound when you throw some revs at it. Words like "refined" and "balanced" come to mind when you drive the rear-engine 911 Carrera convertible.
The raw, visceral nature of a small-block V8 like the one in the Chevy Corvette leaves you with a different feeling when you drive it. Flex your big toe a couple of times while the Stingray is in neutral and you feel filthy and alive all over. Every startup is spine-tingling.
Our comparison test proved it's no slouch around corners, either, when it beat a 911 Carrera S around Streets of Willow. If it were my money and I had to choose between our two long-termers, I'd save the $28,520 and get the Vette.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor