This Weekend: Corvette Vs Porsche 911 On The Streets On Newport

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Expect to see a lot of sports cars around Newport.

Newport is no stranger to nice cars. In summer months, it’s almost a Mecca for anyone in southern New England with a nice ride. This weekend is going to be a bit different. Newport is hosting not one but two model specific events. One for the Chevrolet Corvette, “Marble and Glass Corvette Weekend” hosted by the National Corvette Museum and the Corvette Club of Rhode Island welcomes 200 Corvette owners to Newport. The second is a smaller event on Sunday for 40 Porsche 911 owners.

It’s hard to think of two cars which have so many similarities but so many differences than the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911.

Similarities and Contrasts

Both have great heritages. The Corvette was introduced in 1953, the 911 a decade later. Both have served as the flagship model of their respective companies. Both have served as the benchmark for what a performance car is. Both have retained, for the most part, their signature engine (the Corvette with its V-8  starting in 1955 and the 911 with its flat-6).

That said, there are other ways where they couldn’t be more different. Their engines, for example, are at opposite ends of the car. The Corvette has a traditional front-engine/rear-drive layout. The 911 has it’s engine mounted behind the rear axle, which historically gave it some handling idiosyncrasies…and traditionally rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive has been available on various models since the introduction of the Carrera 4 in 1989 (though one could say the 911-derived 959 supercar actually introduced AWD in 1986).

Performance-wise, it’s always been an interesting pair up, because the “base” 911 has historically held its own again the “base” Corvette, while the 911 Turbo has found itself tied up with the “super” Vettes like the Z06 and ZR1.

In their November 2013 issue, Car & Driver put the 2014 models of the Corvette Stingray and the 911 Carrera S against each other an found they both did 0-60 in 4 seconds flat. The Corvette hit the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds vs the 911’s 12.4.


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