Corvette Grand Sport v. 911 GTS: Time for Tea?


In truth, Corvette against 911 hasn't always been the closest of rivalries. Arguably now they are more closely aligned than ever, albeit with key differences. Both make a virtue of their performance and track credentials, with the 911 perhaps now having a more luxurious edge and the Corvette remaining a more traditional sports car.

Here the circuit kudos can be tested to the extreme, with a Sport Auto track test of the latest examples. So it's 911 Carrera GTS - 450hp and 405lb ft, here with PDK, two-wheel drive and Pirelli P Zero Corsas - taking on the Corvette Grand Sport - 460hp and 465lb ft, a seven-speed manual and Cup 2s - around Hockenheim, with Christian Gebhardt driving. Place your bets!

Without giving the game away, it's fascinating to watch the two cars attack the circuit. Perhaps unsurprisingly Gebhardt is busier in the Corvette, manually shifting gears and having to deal with the limits of grip. The Porsche is less dramatic, shall we say, even the changes on the PDK requiring the tiniest finger clicks.

Which is quickest? We'll let you find out, but the final times are extremely close despite the two cars' differences. And in both you've never seen two such aggressive, committed, intense Hockenheim laps. Well, unless you've watched other Gebhardt vids. Enjoy!

Watch the video here.
 

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  • ZX10R NIN 4 days ago

    Here's Motortrends Head2head

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbtoXMOiqtQ

    I know the Porsche is the better car but I'd be sorely tempted to grab the Corvette.

  • patmahe 4 days ago

    Me too, I just think I'd have more fun in the Corvette and that sound cloud9

  • AndySheff 4 days ago

    Front engined V8, RWD and a manual box between them. That makes the choice for me.

  • Guvernator 4 days ago

    10 years ago I'd never have said this but right now it's no contest, Corvette all the way. The American car has come on leaps and bounds while the 911 appears to have stood still and even goen backwards in some respects. A standard Porsche no longer really stirs the soul like they once used to, they've become to ubiquitous and just too refined. Even just looking at them stood still, the Corvette has that wow factor and just draws the eyes like a sports car should while the Porsche looks positively anonymous by comparison.

    The Europeans used to be the king of the sportscar but the Yanks have definitely caught up and in some cases passed them now.

  • unpc 4 days ago

    Guvernator said:
    10 years ago I'd never have said this but right now it's no contest, Corvette all the way. The American car has come on leaps and bounds while the 911 appears to have stood still and even goen backwards in some respects. A standard Porsche no longer really stirs the soul like they once used to, they've become to ubiquitous and just too refined. Even just looking at them stood still, the Corvette has that wow factor and just draws the eyes like a sports car should while the Porsche looks positively anonymous by comparison.

    The Europeans used to be the king of the sportscar but the Yanks have definitely caught up and in some cases passed them now.
    Yep. I agree with all of that. The Americans have really upped their game.

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