Chevrolet Camaro vs. Chevrolet Corvette

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - May 14, 2020

The future may be eco-friendly, but American muscle cars are as strong as ever. Or, in some cases, stronger – the Chevrolet Camaro has a new V8 trim, providing some of the most accessible muscle on the market.

In even bigger news, the Chevrolet Corvette has moved its engine behind the cabin. With the new mid-engine layout, the Corvette is ready to take the fight to European supercars.

Which new powerhouse provides the best bang for the buck? Here’s our take.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Chevrolet Camaro & the Chevrolet Corvette »

What the Camaro Gets Right

Although the Camaro and Corvette come from the same brand, they aren’t natural competitors. The Chevy Camaro starts more than $34,000 cheaper than the Corvette. Even the most expensive Camaro (the formidable ZL1) is barely more than a base Corvette.

For the price, buyers get serious power. The new Camaro LT1 trim makes a 455-horsepower V8 available for about $35,000, which is one of the best bargains on the market for pure power. Skip up to the ZL1, and you’ll get a face full of 650 hp in a car that scorched around the Nurburgring in 7:16.

The Camaro isn’t just muscle anymore, either. It goes around corners surprisingly well, thanks in part to a platform borrowed from the sophisticated (and extinct) Cadillac ATS. Road feel is excellent.

The Camaro isn’t as low or streamlined as the Corvette, but it’s hard to deny the charm of the classic profile. As an added bonus, the upright cabin offers comfortable front seats. There is a second row, but it’s better used for storage than passengers.

What the Corvette Gets Right

The Camaro may offer cheaper power, but there’s no doubt which of the two is the truer sports car. Even the cheapest Chevy Corvette gets a huge 6.2-liter V8 making 490 hp, which rockets the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. An even faster Z06 version will surely arrive soon.

The new mid-engine layout brings the center of gravity back toward the center of the car. It pushes the driver toward the front for exceptional balance and a better view of upcoming corners. Even more than the Camaro, this is a car at home on the track.

That’s not to say that the Corvette is difficult around town. The suspension is composed even on uneven ground, and the two seats are comfortable for most adults. The Corvette may not have a second row, but the interior materials are higher quality than the Camaro.

The long, low profile brings to mind Ferrari more than Chevy. The Corvette looks less like a classic muscle car now, but that may not be a bad thing. In a surprise twist, the ‘Vette’s two trunks (front and rear) will hold more cargo than the Camaro’s – 12.6 cubic feet against 9.1.

A New Breed

The latest Camaro is exactly what you’d expect: more power and more personality, at a price that won’t break the bank. The refined steering is just a bonus.

The Corvette, on the other hand, is an entirely new animal. The C7 generation began to creep up on true sports cars, and the newest C8 generation takes them by storm. Compared to the Camaro, the Corvette may seem pricey, but compared to a Ferrari, it’s an absolute bargain.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Corvette

This comparison isn’t as direct as it once was. These two cars now have distinct personalities: one a charming return to boxy proportions and drag strips, the other a modern sports car with the profile to match. Which you choose will likely come down to personal preference. For our part, we can’t say no to a V8 rumble behind our shoulders, so the Corvette wins in this comparison.

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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