New Porsche 911R Vs Corvette Grand Sport: Which One Grinds Your Gears Best?

This year’s Geneva show was just magic; Porsche broke the mold by releasing the purest iteration of the 911 in decades, while GM just went nuts and revealed a cheaper Corvette Z06, minus the supercharger.

After all these years, fans of the iconic rear-engined German sports car can no longer claim that they don’t build them like they used to. Porsche has released the automotive equivalent of a wet dream by combining the best bits in its arsenal into one car aimed straight at the purist driver.

Pairing the 500hp GT3 RS engine with a specially developed six-speed manual gearbox should be enough for most people but Porsche went on and stripped the car from everything unnecessary, even replacing the glass side windows and rear screen with plastic ones.

Chevrolet wanted to offer a more hardcore version of the Corvette Stingray, but instead of fiddling with the suspension and calling it a day, they went on and launched a less powerful Z06 because they are good people. You can have it with either a seven-speed manual or with the pictured 8-speed automatic.

With the 460hp LT1 V8 under the bonnet, the new Grand Sport joins the very elite club of the around-500hp manual sports cars built for fun. Yes, the new Corvette still lacks in pedigree against the Porsche, but it makes up for it with its motivation and sheer talent.

Is the limited, more expensive Porsche desirable enough to prefer it over the loud, cheeky Corvette? Cast your vote below.

Poll: So, which one would you go for?

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  • Six_Tymes

    I really want to drive both.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Let me know how that goes.
      Just kidding! It would be nice to get the opportunity though.

  • Big Black Duck

    this vette looks more Ferrari than Ferrari

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Vettes always have. The American Ferrari.

  • JJ

    Porsche’s interior is better in term of quality and design

    • TheHake

      Duh. Does a bear shit in the woods?

    • TheBelltower

      The Porsche has an interior that feels like it could be passed down several generations and stand the test of time if cared for properly. The Vette is infinitely better than previous attempts, but still feels disposable and doesn’t have the same heirloom quality. It definitely makes you wonder about the quality of the parts of the car that aren’t within the line of sight. Still though, I’d have a blast driving the Vette.

  • Matt

    Porsche. For adrenalin, the Corvette may win out – but as a pure driving tool the Porsche will no doubt be the finer choice.

    The Porsche is also a future classic, although the 991.2 GT3 which is sticking with manual and NA might have something to say about that.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Exactly where I was going…the Porsche will be worth a pretty penny in the future. Can’t say the same for the Vette. But it is a nice ride.

      • Rick Alexander

        Actually, being a Grand Sport, the Vette might be made in limited numbers. Possibly 5 -10,000 maybe? If so, then it it would be quite desirable indeed. However, if you got the chedda, then the Porsche is a no-brainer. The Corvette still does not have the refinement of the Porsche.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Refinement has always been my issue with the Vette…and other American offerings. The best IMHO is the latest Viper…but it’s a dud due to pricing…can’t wait to get my hands on one.
          Apparently the 991 R is sold out. All 991 one examples have been spoken for. The Vette GS would never be sold at that low a quantity…so a special edition would be the ticket.

  • roy

    both actually

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, the Porsche is the better car, overall…but…is it better on joy/[your currency here]? That’s a tough call.

  • eb110americana

    Both are amazing cars in their own right, so there is no wrong answer. There are a few things I would take issue with on each, however. The Porsche gets my respect for being a sharper scalpel for track use. More manic engine, lighter weight, more focused, and track ready bits like center lock wheels. If it were me, I would prefer a purpose-built racecar for track use. Why bother with directionals, leather, and all that other stuff in a car that has been stripped of a back seat, sound deadening, stereo, A/C, and has plastic windows? Maybe for some this is the perfect car for the street, but I’d want a little more back in my 911. Really, a GT3 with a manual would probably be about perfect. Then again, a GTS would make a much more livable daily driver. It would be great if you could add back bits like that 500 HP engine though. Then again, if you can afford one, you probably can afford to have the engine modified to your liking.

    The Corvette addresses one of my primary criticisms of the Z06, whose engine seems more ZR1, and though powerful, is heavy and less of track weapon. While the supercharger surely makes it faster, I doubt it will be as fun as a lively naturally aspirated engine. Still, there is a wide chasm between 460 HP and 650 HP. I really had hoped to see at least a 500 horse mill to bridge the gap here (and in the Camaro Z28). I am also weary of the undisclosed mass, as the Z06, despite its aluminum underpinnings, is getting a little portly at 3,524 lbs. The Stingray is a much more palatable 3,298 lbs., so I hope this comes in closer to the latter, but I am expecting the former. Lastly, the black plastic lips on the front fenders have always looked extremely cheap to me on the Z06. I really wish the fenders had been widened properly. That said, I would probably buy the Grand Sport over most any car today, and I’m sure an additional 50 ponies could be coaxed from the engine with some work.

  • Antonio Bošković

    well the vette is much better value for money and it isn’t a limited production run
    but that 911r is just brilliant

  • Alex P

    either would simply be awesome to own and the Corvette does have that big engine American muscle element to it and the C7 is better than any Corvette before it but being a hard core Porsche man the 911R has enormous appeal to me and the design philosophy of the Germans, the build quality and driver satisfaction levels that only a pure bred German sports car can give you (yes the Corvette is still bonkers awesome) tends me to lean towards the Porsche as the ultimate choice!

  • Christian

    I don´t see the Vett in the same class as the 911 R. I would rather put it against a normal 911 S thou.

  • Ara Rezaee

    The Vette hands down

  • Just the Porsche because it will still look great in the future. Almost as perfect and simple as the type 993.

  • Vassilis

    How is this even a question? Obviously the 911!

  • fabri99

    Oh come on, this is unfair.
    I’m a vette fan, but you just can’t compare a “special” version like the Grand Sport to a stunning version like the 911R. I mean, who wouldn’t want a stripped-off GT3 with no spoiler? The Vette, I’m sorry, is just a new edition that doesn’t add much. The 911R is just much more.

  • john1168

    I’ll take the Vette please.

  • Astonman

    If money is no object – Porsche 911. It will have great resale value in 30 years.

  • JoeMosely

    The Vette is a great idea. The wide body Z06 without the supercharged motor. It should be a very visceral driving experience and the price compared to the 911R is a big advantage. However, there is the reliability factor to consider. Most all comparisons omit reliability.

    • Matt

      Lol. Reliability is the least important factor in this particular decision.

      Do these look like daily drivers to you?

      • JoeMosely

        Actually yes. They are meant to be driven. Really? A Z06? They sell them with overheating A8’s! I daily drive my porsche except for the winter. The Z06 isn’t even reliable on the track due to the overheating issue and going into limp mode.

  • Axel Cortez

    I voted Grand Sport for a reason the 911R is already sold out even if I had the money I can’t go to the dealership and say give me a 911R no matter how much I ask for it. On the other hand I can go crazy with the Vette

  • Bob White

    ıf the Vette had more headroom, I would vote for it. It is an unbelievable value proposition.

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  • Bigbusiness23

    Its a win win situation