Chevrolet Corvette Vs. Nissan GT-R: Godzilla Takes on an American Legend

By Justin Cupler | January 1st, 2018

The Chevrolet Corvette is a legend in the sports-car arena, and its latest generation pushed it into a new realm of premium vehicle while maintaining its performance roots. A relative newcomer to this segment, the Nissan GT-R, which flies in the Corvette with its aggressive styling, Infiniti-level-luxury cabin, and insane performance credentials.

Which is the better sports car for our Glendale Heights, Illinois buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

When you get into the world of high-powered sports cars, the designs car vary greatly, and that’s precisely the case with the 2019 Corvette Z06 and the 2019 GT-R. The Corvette takes on more traditional sports car looks with its low-slung roofline, aggressive angles, and long hood. The GT-R, however, lands more in the sports coupe realm with its higher roofline and less of a wedge-like design. Not to say the GT-R is toned-down in any way, but next to the Corvette, it doesn’t quite ooze a sports car vibe.

The GT-R fits a certain mold, and that’s the younger buyer looking for something that grabs attention. The GT-R and its unusual coupe-meets-sports-car looks will do just that. The Corvette, on the other hand, has a look the more established demographic shoots for.

The 2019 Corvette Z06 is 176.9 inches long, 73.9 inches wide, and 48.8 inches tall. This body sits atop a 106.7-inch wheelbase, and the whole assembly weighs in at 3,298 pounds. The GT-R is larger at 185.4 inches long, 74.6 inches wide, and 53.9 inches tall. It’s wheelbase checks in at 109.4 inches. With its larger body, the GT-R is a bit bloated at 3,915 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06

  • Smaller body is nimbler
  • Significant weight savings
  • Classic Corvette looks

Advantage: 2019 Nissan GT-R

  • Unique appearance that draws plenty of stares

Interior

The 2019 Corvette Z06 stepped up its game in interior styling its latest generation. Gone are the days of super-basic styling in this pricey sports car and in comes an era of premium upholstery, soft-touch materials, plenty of color options, and premium infotainment options. The latest Nissan GT-R went through much of the same changes, as its new dashboard boasts a more horizontal orientation and loads of soft-touch materials. Add in Alcantara and synthetic suede, and the GT-R borders on Infiniti levels of luxury.

In terms of size, neither of these sports cars are large on the inside as the Corvette Z06 is a two seater and the GT-R is barely a four-seater. The Corvette’s seats offer 38 inches of headroom, 43 inches of legroom, 55 inches of shoulder room, and 54 inches of hip room.

The Nissan GT-R’s front seats offer 38.1 inches of headroom, 44.6 inches of legroom, 54.3 inches of shoulder room, and 54.7 inches of hip room. While the 2019 GT-R technically has two rear seats, they are practically useless with just 33.5 inches of headroom, 26.4 inches of legroom, 50 inches of shoulder room, and 44.9 inches of hip room.

Cargo room is the last thing buyers will think about when shopping for the 2019 Corvette Z06 and 2019 Nissan GT-R, but the Corvette is surprisingly accommodating with 15 cubic feet of cargo space. The GT-R, however, has just 8.8 cubic feet. Maybe those tiny rear seats can double as grocery holders instead of people holders.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06

  • Sporty and luxurious interior
  • Not a penny was saved on premium upholstery
  • Clean and straightforward cabin
  • Sedan-like cargo capacity

Advantage: 2019 Nissan GT-R

  • Mix of high end materials adds luxurious feel
  • The most comfortable seats in the class
  • Logically placed shift paddles

Performance

Performance is where the 2019 GT-R and Corvette Z06 earn their keep. The Z06 comes powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matching or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

The GT-R has two powertrain options. In its standard setup, it boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a standard six-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to all four wheels. In the NISMO model, the power gets a boost to 600 ponies and 481 pound-feet of torque. This all routes through the same transmission and all-wheel-drive system.

The Corvette Z06 sprints to 60 mph in just 2.95 seconds, but that is 0.05 seconds (yes, just five-hundredths of a second) slower than the GT-R and GT-R NISMO. Handling is where the Corvette Z06 pulls away, as independent testing puts its skid-pad grip at 1.19 Gs to the standard GT-R’s 0.95 Gs. Moving up to the GT-R NISMO model pushes the skid-pad rating to 1.02 Gs.

Fuel economy is far from the first thing on a sports car buyer’s mind, but it can be a factor. The Corvette Z06 and GT-R are nearly identical in fuel-economy ratings, at up to 15 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined for the Corvette Z06 and up to 16 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined for the GT-R.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06

  • Huge advantage in the corners
  • Available manual transmission

Advantage: 2019 Nissan GT-R

  • Slight acceleration advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06 is available in three trim levels — 1LZ, 2LZ, and  3LZ — and their starting prices range from $80,590 to $89,535.

There are four 2019 Nissan GT-R trim levels to pick from: Pure, Premium, Track Edition, and NISMO. Starting prices for these trims range from $99,990 to $175,540.

2019 Chevy Corvette Z06 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

1LZ: $80,590

  • Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matching
  • Brembo front and rear brakes
  • Dry-sump oil system
  • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Performance exhaust with 4-inch polished tips
  • Rear differential cooler
  • Pearl nickel-painted Z06 wheels
  • Body-color carbon-fiber roof panel
  • Body-color heated power outside mirrors
  • Carbon Flash Badge Package
  • Visible Carbon Flash-painted exterior vents
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps
  • Eight-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Nine-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Cruise control
  • Driver-information system
  • Head-up display
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Perforated Mulan leather seating
  • Color-coded seats
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • Rearview camera
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls

2LZ: $84,155

  • All 1LZ features, plus
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Color-coded seats, console, door armrests, and instrument panel brow
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system with subwoofer
  • Cargo net
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position seat and mirror memory
  • Power front lumbar
  • Removable luggage shade
  • Universal home remote
  • Curb-view camera

3LZ: $89,535

  • All 2LZ features, plus
  • Navigation
  • Custom Leather Interior Package
  • Perforated Napa leather seating surfaces
  • Performance data and video recorder
  • Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package

2019 Nissan GT-R Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Pure: $99,990

  • 565-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine
  • Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels
  • Nissan/Brembo® braking system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Bilstein Damptronic suspension
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Carbon-fiber-composite diffuser tray
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Power-folding heated mirrors
  • Flush-mounted door handles
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Navigation
  • NissanConnect
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Voice recognition
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with keyless ignition
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Homelink Universal Remote
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating with synthetic suede inserts
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheels
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake lever
  • Carbon-fiber and machined-aluminum interior trim
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Two USB ports

Premium: $110,540

  • All Pure features, plus
  • Titanium exhaust with sound control
  • Bose 11-speaker audio system
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Active noise enhancement

Track Edition: $128,540

  • All Premium features, plus
  • NISMO-tuned suspension
  • NISMO-tuned 17.3 mm hollow stabilizer bar
  • Body bonding and additional spot welds
  • Carbon-fiber trunk lid
  • Dry-carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  • 20-inch NISMO black super-lightweight RAYS wheels
  • Black-and-red interior treatment
  • Black-and-red RECARO leather seats

NISMO: $175,540

  • 600-horsepower NISMO-tuned 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine
  • Carbon-fiber front and rear fascias
  • Carbon-fiber side sills
  • Carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  • NISMO RECARO leather front seats with synthetic suede inserts
  • NISMO tachometer
  • NISMO Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is for the traditional sports car buyer who’s always wanted a Vette and can finally fit in in their budget. Sure, it may not have quite the straight-line speed as the GT-R, but its superior cornering and brand cachet puts it in a special place.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan GT-R?

Buyers seeking something different in their sports car will appreciate the creativeness of the GT-R. Its nontraditional looks and borderline luxury cabin will attract a younger crowd that prefers to stand out.

Ready to tear up the streets of Wheaton or just take a relaxing cruise to Carol Stream or Lombard to see family in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06?  Head down to Sunrise Chevrolet today to take this wild yet refined sports car for a test drive today. If you can’t make it by today, you can also view our online inventory to see if we have a Corvette Z06 in stock that fits your needs.

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