2020 Corvette Stingray Is Sort Of A Modern Ferrari 458, But Which Would You Rather Have?

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).

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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?

  • Shahul Usman

    i mean 9000rpms…. column mounted paddles shifters better than wheel mounted… seats look better in that Ferrari, but the base seats arent great and ou can add competition seas to the vette. When the Z06 comes out it’ll be more obvious how much a better bargain the vette is though.

  • Netsphere

    nether, ill take a first gen nsx instead

    • Honda NSX-R


  • ctk4949

    The rear of the vette is still fugly, just too busy. Id take 458 for sure.

  • Puddingpopper

    I’d take the most clapped out 458 out there and LS swap it with a gated 6 speed… THank you for attending my TED talk

  • iddqd

    like comparing Armani to JC Penney..

    • TruthSlayer

      Shut up!

      • iddqd

        truth hurts, eh
        but then again you are the ‘truth slayer’…SMH

        • Ben

          It is the “base model”. I’m sure the Z06 will have a new rear bumper or at least modified to extract heat from the engine bay and hopefully reunite all four exhaust tips together.

          • iddqd

            i wouldn’t even need the lined-up exhausts, just different ones, which shouldn’t be a problem of course..but yeah, a different styled bumper and at best, new taillights would be damn sweet..

          • Tabs Luther

            Those square exhaust tips are an eye sore. I would have even preferred more rounded dual setup (I know, corvette sacrilege).

          • db

            I guess round taillights are out of the question?

          • Ben

            I don’t think Chevy will do it. I think there might be an option aftermarket, but who knows just how much that’ll cost. If its under $4k, I can see people upgrading to an aftermarket bumper/round tail light combo.

          • db

            Agree, I don’t think Chevrolet will do it either. I know when the C7 first came out, it was the same argument about round taillights and a kit did come out converting to round taillights but we all know vehicles don’t really hold their value when aftermarket kits are added.

          • db

            Agree, I don’t think Chevrolet will do it either. I know when the C7 first came out, it was the same argument about round taillights and a kit did come out converting to round taillights but we all know vehicles don’t really hold their value when aftermarket kits are added. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02ddb0149accccb61117c2fc747d78f81952dd87b209b7e236b6d440ac8f65fe.jpg

  • Robert

    Make mine the Vette. You can have that unreliable – you’d have to sell a kidney just to afford an oil change Ferrari. That, and uber status exotics like the Ferrari bug me, and the people who drive them 99.8% of the time bug me even more.

  • Honda NSX-R

    If I had an unlimited budget, I’d choose a 458 Speciale. But that’s not the case, so i’d go with the C8

  • Ben

    I won’t act like I’m actively in the market for a Ferrari, but knowing how constraining of their owners they’re known to be is a major put off. It’d feel like being in a relationship with an overbearing wife.

    “Did you race a McLaren!?”
    “I strongly discouraged you from doing that, didn’t I?!”
    “Did you at least win!?”
    “Was anyone filming it?”
    “Did you make us look bad!?!”
    “You know what….I hoped you enjoyed it. NO MORE ALLOCATIONS FOR YOU!

  • Bash

    None of them interests me at the time being.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen


  • Seats & a steering wheel

    458 looks better, probably sounds better and may even drive better. It certainly has the edge in the desirability stakes, no doubt, BUT… it’s also a Ferrari which means high maintenance, high service costs and most likely, FRAGILE…so I’d say the Corvette which will undoubtedly cost less to run, be more reliable and robust as a daily driver.

  • Rami Khoury

    the name Ferrari will always sound more exotic that corvette ever will. you could be driving a 1999 Modena 360 and it will be cooler to brag about owning a Ferrari that bragging about owning a vette ever will. with that all being said, i would take any Lamborghini over them any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  • europeon

    I have a problem with this kind of piece. You’re comparing PICTURES.
    It’s just like that time when a Kia Stinger was compared to upscale luxury cars, everyone raving about what a great car it is, and for how little money you can get one, one of the examples given was the stitched dashboard Kia had – next to it there were pictures of high end cars with twice the price tags. There was only one “minor” difference: Kia’s dashboard is molded plastic that looks like it’s stitched leather, while the other cars had real handstitched leather on the dashboard. In pictures sure, they all looked great, but in real life those things really matter.
    This is the kind of piece that appeals to kids and people that just want to find a reason to bash on the more expensive cars, feeding their idea that you don’t really pay for anything more than the brand.

    Now, obviously I haven’t seen the new Corvette in person, but I have a bit of experience with the 458 and luxury cars in general, and I’m willing to bet what I said about quality stands true in this case.

  • An Existing Person

    Absolutely no comparison at all. The 458 is one of the most beautiful cars ever built versus the mess that is the C8. Sure, because of the way technology has progressed, the C8 might be a quicker car but that’s besides the point. That flate-plane crank NA V8 engine that revs to 9000rpm is marvelous and worth more on its own than the Corvette as a whole (not literally speaking).

  • db

    If it was for driving on a daily basis, the Corvette would be my hands down winner but if the choice was for going into a warehouse for collector’s/investor’s purposes, you know the Ferrari would be the right pick.

  • ErnieB

    If money wasn’t an issue this comparison is irrelevant.. Ferrari all the way. The Ferrari is just far faster at getting panties off— is that a valid performance metric? Lol

  • lagann

    This is the same argument you can have with cheap VS expensive watch. Expensive watch does nothing, functionally, for the most part, than a cheap watch. When you buy a Ferrari you don’t usually buy it for how fast it goes. You buy one because it’s a Ferrari.

  • FFEMT6

    While I think the 458 Italia is a beautiful automobile and it’s hard to argue with a screaming V8 at 9000 rpm, the proportions are off, especially that front overhang. After seeing a few live camouflage free videos of the new C8, it is obvious that photos don’t do it justice. I might be in the minority, but I actually think the C8 looks better than the 458 Italia, and I believe the quality is really going to surprise some people. The bonus is that it will be alot cheaper initially and long term as a daily driver also.

  • Mr. Big

    The Corvette makes a whole lot of sense dollar-wise but if that means being associated with its current gun-toting old redneck demographic, I’ll pass.

  • surfshop

    Ferrari..no brainer

  • Craig

    Without question. I would take the brand new Corvette with the full factory warranty.

  • Vassilis

    458. Easy

  • Miknik

    The Corvette certainly offers an easier user experience, has likely a much better reliability and will probably drive as close as it gets to a Ferrari good (probably 99% won’t be able to tell the difference); Pricing naturally will solve it anyway for most;

    But the ultimate edge on driving, the badge and image will stay with the Ferrari nevertheless, if you can afford it of course, both to buy and to run.

  • Porkopolis

    We are rapidly approaching automotive performance singularity.

  • JL T0x

    Chose both. The Corvette for the daily drive & to push hard whenever. The Ferrari to just show-off occasionally.

  • Yeah if I’m going to spend half a million on a car it beterr be as reliable as a Honda, Toyota. This is the bargain of the original NSX. C8 will definitely run far more reliable than the Ferrari

  • Marc Gruben

    Let’s see: the typical Ferrari gets driven maybe 5,000 miles per year and the Corvette will give it a run for its money 99% of the time; the Corvette will see at least 12,000 miles per year, maybe more in warmer, drier climates. The Ferrari will cost 300% more annually to maintain despite being driven 65% less. And that’s if the Ferrari’s reliability is stellar.

  • M-Logan

    I actually think the C8 looks better.
    So easy choice, with a warranty.

  • CarFanatic

    Guys.. Think smarter.

    Lets say I buy the corvette for 60k, in 4 years the resale value would prob be 30k (based on my c7 experience).
    The ferrari is still 170-200k and its 10 years old. Plus no one sells a ferrari keep it for a lifetime. Classic ferraris go for millions, classic vettes go for 30k most.
    I rest my point.
    And btw, hopefully gm doesn’t go bankrupt.

  • DSM

    Comparing a 458 to Corvette is a bit funny. One is an iconic car which will retain or increase its value over time, one is a poor man’s consumable which has wireless charging – wow.

  • billpennock

    Buy the Ferrari and 10 years later you will have driven it a couple of thousand miles based on all the used ones out there. Buy the Vettel and in 10 years you can put 100k of fun on it. Either option is fine but know if you want the car to drive or to look at

  • billpennock

    Yea my bmw 650i convertible is far less reliable than my CTS V with 140000 miles. I still like driving it more when it runs. Newest problem was IVM with a cold solder. Car would just stop running, no codes. Shop couldn’t do anything. I found the likely problem on the web and fixed it myself. Since it was intermittent and random the jury is still out so my fancy car only takes me a radius of a Leaf from home till I feel more confident. Great reliability there

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