Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche Cayman

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Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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, Automotive Editor - January 8, 2015

The Porsche Cayman is an excellent example of a car designed to carve corners. Its mid-engine layout makes for perfect weight distribution, while its tidy size and sharp controls mean it's meant for driver enjoyment more than outright speed and brawn.

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The Chevrolet Corvette used to be the exact opposite of the Cayman, and proud of it. But the brute went to finishing school for its seventh generation and aims to master the corners as well as the straights. Does that make it the most well-rounded sports car?

What the Chevrolet Corvette Gets Right

The new Corvette stirs emotion, no question about that. Whether you think its details are aggressive or cartoonish, it makes a statement befitting of an icon such as this.

There's plenty of menacing performance to go with its menacing looks. A 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 resides under the hood -- good for a 3.8-second dash to 60 mph and 29 mpg on the highway. This has always been one of the Chevy's greatest strengths, speed and value.

What the Porsche Cayman Gets Right

Porsche's junior coupe is available in two models, the base Cayman and the Cayman S. The former comes with a 2.7-liter 275-horsepower flat-six while the S gets a 3.4-liter 325-horsepower flat-six that can propel the car from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds when equipped with the state-of-the-art PDK paddle-shift transmission.

It's all about precision, rather than speed in the Porsche, though. Aided by factors such as the balanced mid-engined layout and the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring system that acts as a sort of rear-end stabilizer in aggressive cornering.

Is the Corvette Up to European Competition?

Although a distinctly American interpretation of the sports car, the Corvette belongs on any sports car shopping list -- it might surprise even Porsche loyalists.

Winner: Porsche Cayman

While the Corvette is brilliant and exciting, we prefer the polished, manageable performance of the Cayman.

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, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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