5 Reasons We Want The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 (5 Reasons We’d Rather Buy The Porsche 911 GT3)
Those looking for a sports car capable of delivering supercar performance are currently spoiled for choice. There are plenty of great options on the market, but the top two surely have to be American favorites, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the German Porsche 911 GT3. Both cars are track weapons, each bringing something different to the table.
The Corvette is one of the best-selling sports cars in the United States, while the 911 is one of Porsche’s best-known and most iconic vehicles. Choosing between the two isn’t an easy decision, and there’s a lot to consider before signing on the dotted line. We’ll try to break down the main strengths of each car, to make that decision a bit easier. Here are five reasons we want the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and five reasons we’d rather buy the Porsche 911 GT3 instead.
10/10 Why We Want The Corvette Z06: Extremely Powerful Naturally Aspirated V8
Under the hood of the Corvette Z06 hides a powerful naturally aspirated V8. With a displacement of 5.5 liters, the engine generates a whopping 670 hp. Drivers can rev the 5.5-litre beast up to 8600pm, and the unit is the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever produced.
By comparison, the GT3 gets a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V6. The engine is still an impressive piece of kit, putting out 502bhp, but a V8 will always be more appealing for a gearhead.
9/10 Why would we buy the 911 GT3 instead: State-of-the-art mechanics
The Porsche 911 GT3 is a highly advanced road car, which is equally at home on the track as it is on the journeys. The 2022 model set an impressive lap time of 6:59.927 around the German hard core Nurburgring Nordschleife, proving that it is a force to be reckoned with. The new car is a distinct evolution of the previous model, which was about 17 seconds slower around the track.
The car sports a newly developed double-wishbone front axle adapted from the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR. The part features 911 production for the first time and brings more precise handling and reduced body roll. At the rear, the car features a five-link rear axle and comes standard with rear-wheel steering.
8/10 Why we want the Corvette Z06: physically imposing
There’s no denying that the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is a great looking car. From its aggressive front splitter to its imposing rear spoiler, Porsche purists will instantly identify the model. Perhaps that’s the problem, for the average motorist the GT3 performance behemoth will be seen as just another Porsche.
The Corvette, on the other hand, is a big and spectacular car, for which many will turn their heads. The car is very wide, 9 cm wider than the regular Corvette. To achieve the look, modified body panels and bumpers are used front and rear.
7/10 Why we prefer to buy the 911 GT3: a stylish infotainment system
The 911 GT3 gets Porsche’s latest infotainment offering, “Porsche Communication Management (PCM)” version 6.0. Along with a cleaner display, “Voice Pilot” has been improved and can now perform more actions, helping the driver to keep distractions to a minimum.
For those who are big audio fans, Spotify is natively integrated, and it’s now possible to stream the vast library without connecting a smartphone.
6/10 Why we want the Corvette Z06: removable roof panel
One of the coolest features of the Corvette Z06 is its removable roof panel. In regular use, the car has the looks and durability of a hardtop coupe, but it can quickly be transformed into a convertible.
Once removed, the roof does not need to be stored in a garage, it can simply slide into the trunk of the Corvette. In case of bad weather, the roof is at hand to be rearranged.
5/10 Why we prefer to buy the 911 GT3: standard manual gearbox
Purist gearheads will almost always desire the option of a manual transmission in their performance cars, whether they select it or not. There is something to be said for the connection between man and machine when moving up or down the box. In an increasingly digital world, the analog manual offers reassuring familiarity.
The 6-speed manual found in the GT3 is one of the better shifters and offers a not inconsiderable weight saving of 37 lbs over the PDK automatic.
4/10 Why We Want the Corvette Z06: Track-Focused Z07 Model
For around $10,000, Corvette buyers can add the “Z07” package. This upgrade brings several great features, replacing the standard steel brakes with upgraded Brembo carbon ceramics. 15.7-inch rotors are then found mounted at the front, with 15.4-inch versions at the rear.
For those looking to take their Corvette to the trail or enjoy a twisty mountain road, the ceramic ensures that brake fade becomes a distant memory. Another special option is carbon fiber wheels which reduce weight. Saving around 39 pounds and clad in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, they’re a great addition, but only if you protect them from curbs.
3/10 Why would we buy the 911 GT3 instead: everyday usability
The more compact and arguably understated GT3 is a far more viable daily driver than the Corvette Z06. Parking is easier and the car even slightly outperforms the Corvette when it comes to fuel economy, with a combined EPA rating of 16 mpg.
Arguably, those looking for the most everyday practicality should choose the GT3 “Touring”. The most obvious difference from the standard GT3 is the removal of the massive rear wing. While the exterior and interior are also toned down slightly, the important mechanical underpinnings remain the same.
2/10 Why we want the Corvette Z06: a significantly cheaper price
With a list price of $105,300, the Corvette Z06 is a much more accessible car for many. By comparison, the Porsche GT3 costs $169,700, which is an awful lot of extra money for fuel. You could buy the Z06 and a Porsche 718 Boxster for the same price.
With the cost of living crisis and skyrocketing fuel bills, the Corvette will become an increasingly attractive option, even for the “wealthy”.
1/10 Why would we buy the 911 GT3 instead: a better finished interior
The 2023 Z06 has the best interior and cabin quality of any Corvette ever made and feels significantly more upscale than the previous iteration. The seats are of high quality and carbon fiber is used extensively in the cabin. The steering wheel even has a sporty-looking, if slightly impractical, hexagonal shape.
However, the fit and finish of the GT3 is next level. Over the past decade in particular, Porsche has focused on upping its inner game, and it really shows in this latest generation car. High-quality leather and suede are widely used, and the electrical switchgear is weighted satisfactorily. Over the years, Porsche has further refined the interior of the 911 and everything is set up for the comfort and convenience of the driver. Getting into a comfortable riding position shouldn’t be a hassle.