The all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray is easily the hottest car of the moment, and how could it not be? America’s quintessential sports car just morphed into a genuine supercar, and did so even in base spec form.
What’s even more awesome is the fact that GM will charge you less than $60,000 for one, which is tremendous value for money in a car that you could call the Ferrari 458 Italia’s modern American cousin.
Should we have this conversation?
If you’re trying to be practical, then yes, absolutely. A quick trip on AutoTrader revealed that U.S. buyers would have to spend at least $170,000 if they were in the mood for an Italian supercar with a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V8 engine.
This means that a used 458 will cost you almost three times as much as an all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray and unless you really don’t care about that type of thing, we’re pretty sure you’re going to think long and hard before somehow trying to justify all the ways in which the Ferrari is three times better than the Vette – because on paper, it just isn’t.
If we go by styling, you can argue that the Italian exotic is prettier / more timeless. It has a more effortless and elegant design that doesn’t try as hard to stand out, at least not by 2019 standards. The Corvette, on the other hand, is more angular and less beautiful, to be honest, but would you really care that much after saving roughly $120,000 by picking the eight-gen Vette?
I bet that Ferrari is more fun to drive
We’re not so sure. To be fair, we can only look at their specs for now, and they’re quite revealing. The all-new C8 is equipped with a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing 497 PS (490 HP) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. However, the optional Z51 Performance Package will bump those numbers to 502 PS (495 HP) and 637 Nm (470 lb-ft) of torque.
With the aid of an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the American supercar will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, according to Chevy.
The Ferrari needs a little over 3 seconds to get there, despite having more power at 570 PS (562 HP). It also doesn’t beat the Vette when it comes to peak torque, as the 458 is rated at 540 Nm (398 lb-ft). As for the engine, it’s a mid-mounted 4.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively, just like on the C8 (currently).
To make things even more interesting, both cars weigh about the same too, with the 458 Italia tipping the scales at 1,565 kg (3,450 lbs), and the Corvette weighing 1,530 kg (3,366 lbs).
You know what though? The Vette’s LT2 V8 engine is definitely not going to rev as high as the Ferrari’s, which will take you to a staggering 9,000 rpm in screaming fashion.
2009 vs 2019
There’s clearly little to no comparison worth being made when it comes to on-board tech. One of these cars is 10 years younger than the other and this means you get to enjoy a massive 12-inch digital gauge cluster, high-res infotainment system, wireless smartphone charging, voice recognition tech and plenty more.
You don’t get much of that in the Ferrari, but overall interior quality might still favor the Italian product – despite the Corvette’s cabin looking way more modern, from a visual standpoint.
So there you have it. Even if you’re focused more on the badge and you can afford a 458 with a few thousand miles on the clock, odds are you’re still going to come across Corvette C8 owners who’ll point to their cars being quicker than yours. Then again, if you’re not concerned with that sort of stuff and you just want to hear your naturally-aspirated V8 engine howl at 9,000 rpm, there’s little the Corvette can do in order to replicate that.
Which of the two would you rather get?