2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 Audi RS 5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Corvette and the RS 5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the RS 5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the RS 5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 11 more horsepower (455 vs. 444) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 16 more horsepower (460 vs. 444) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 206 more horsepower (650 vs. 444) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 311 more horsepower (755 vs. 444) and 272 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6.

As tested in Road and Track the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the Audi RS 5 (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

RS 5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

11.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

129.1 MPH

114.9 MPH

Top Speed

212 MPH

174 MPH

In a Road and Track race course test, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe was clocked 12.28 seconds faster than the Audi RS 5 (85.93 sec. vs. 98.21 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’s fuel efficiency. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The RS 5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Corvette offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Corvette’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RS 5 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. 275/30R20).

The Corvette’s standard 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RS 5’s standard 35 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 25 series profile than the RS 5’s optional 30 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 20-inch rear wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RS 5.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RS 5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Corvette Grand Sport Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the RS 5 pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Audi RS 5.

The Corvette is 9.1 inches shorter than the RS 5, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the RS 5 (.32). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Corvette has 1.7 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the RS 5.

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RS 5 (15 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Corvette Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The RS 5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Corvette comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Audi RS 5 isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

Road and Track performed a comparison test in its December 2019 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe first. They ranked the Audi RS 5 third.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RS 5 isn’t in the top three.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The RS 5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The RS 5 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The RS 5 has never been chosen.

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