- The 911 is all-new for 2020. The iconic sports car retains its traditional rear-engine layout.
- The Corvette is all-new for 2020. The sports car breaks new ground as the first mid-engine model in its history.
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera
Base Price: $99,200 / Read our 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Review
What we like: Quality build materials, impeccable handling, 2+2 seating, available all-wheel drive, available manual gearbox, long warranty, strong resale value
What we would change: The base model is very expensive. Adding convenience and sport upgrades rocket the price skyward.
Overview: With more than 50 years of lineage, the all-new 911 retains its title as the sports car benchmark. The Porsche seamlessly blends powerful engines and flawless handling with comfort and utility — it’s an effortless daily driver.
What’s new for 2020: The 911 is all-new for 2020. The new “992-series” debuts fresh modern styling and new innovative technology. It arrives with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, flat-6, that is rear-mounted in the chassis.
Features: The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera is fitted with heated 4-way sport seats upholstered in partial leather as standard fitment, with 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats (in full leather) on the options list. Dual-zone climate control is standard on all models, but keyless access (Porsche Entry & Drive) is optional.
Technology: Standard equipment on the 2020 911 includes an 8-speaker (150W) audio system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay. As of today, Android Auto is not compatible with the 911’s audio system.
Porsche Connect Plus is standard equipment. It includes online navigation, FM radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, 4G/LTE telephone module, and wireless internet access. Porsche Car Connect, which is app-based, is a subscription service that allows remote vehicle status, remote lock/unlock, remote services, and Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS).
What does the future hold: The Porsche 911 Carrera will gain more standard features in 2021, including Porsche Entry & Drive. The Turbo S models will debut in 2021. These flagship models arrive with very powerful 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6 engines developing over 600 horsepower. The iconic Targa model, with a power-operated removable roof, will arrive. As the 992 matures, we expect to see performance variants, such as the GT3, GT3 RS, and GT2 RS supercar. See the 2020 Porsche 911 models for sale near you
2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Base Price: $59,995 / Read our 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Review
What we like: Strong traditional V8 engine, incredible exhaust note, world-class handling, and driving dynamics. Exceptional value in terms of performance for the price.
What we would change: The vehicle is heavy for a sports car. Ingress/egress is challenging and the cabin is tight.
Overview: Chevrolet hit the ball out of the park with the new “C8” mid-engine Corvette. It is the most innovative and advanced sports car ever engineered by the domestic automaker, easily capable of running against the best from Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari.
What’s new for 2020: After many decades of producing a traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car, Chevrolet completely reengineered the Corvette to a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform. The changes improve overall balance, yet the traditional 6.2-liter V8 engine still fits — keeping brand loyalists pleased.
Features: The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is fitted with a pair of 8-way, power-adjustable, GT1 Competition seats upholstered in leather. Optional seats include GT2 and Competition seats, which are also 8-way adjustable. Dual-zone climate control is standard, as is remote starting and Keyless Open and Start.
Technology: Standard equipment on the Corvette is a Bose 10-speaker audio package. The optional Bose Performance Series is an upgrade to a 14-speaker system. Both systems are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible without a subscription. SiriusXM radio is also fitted, which requires a subscription after the trial period expires.
The Corvette utilizes GM’s OnStar suite of vehicle connectivity that includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot compatibility, Chevrolet Connected Access, and a Teen Driver Mode (TDM).
What does the future hold: This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Chevrolet Corvette. Expect several new variants over the next few years, which will include a high-output Z06 model with a 32-valve V8, a track-ready Grand Sport model, and a range-topping ZR1 model with a turbocharged engine. See the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you
911 vs. Corvette: Strengths comparison
Porsche 911 Benefits: Available all-wheel drive, multiple engine choices, strong resale value, manual gearbox available in some models.
Chevrolet Corvette Benefits: Traditional V8 power, higher overall performance in base trim.
911 vs. Corvette: Which is better?
Chevrolet started with a clean sheet of paper, while Porsche refined its traditional formula. The result is two very different sports cars that both deliver exceptional performance. The Corvette is powerful with stellar driving dynamics. The 911 raises the bar in terms of the quality of materials, utility, and its no-compromise daily driver capability. While you can’t fail with either choice, the value proposition of the Corvette — nearly half the cost of the 911 when options are added — is impossible to overlook. This one is close, but our nod goes to the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Find a Porsche 911 for sale or a Chevrolet Corvette for sale
|2020 Porsche 911||2020 Chevrolet Corvette|
|Engine||Twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-6||6.2-liter V8|
|Horsepower||379 hp @ 6,500 rpm||490 hp @ 6,450 rpm|
|Torque||331 lb-ft @ 7,500 rpm||465 lb-ft @ 5,150 rpm|
|Transmission||8-Speed dual-clutch / 7-speed manual||8-Speed dual-clutch|
|Fuel Economy||20 mpg (18 city, 24 highway)||19 (15 city, 27 highway)|
|Also Available||Twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-6||n/a|
|Warranty||4-year / 50,000 miles||3-year / 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||4||2|
|Curb Weight||3,637 pounds|
|Wheelbase||96.5 inches||107.2 inches|
|Overall Length||177.9 inches||182.3 inches|
|Width||72.9 inches||76.1 inches|
|Height||51.1 inches||48.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||36.8 feet||36.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||37.9 inches||37.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||42.8 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||52.6 inches||54.4 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||70.0 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||5.1 cu. Ft.||12.6 cu. Ft.|