2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

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Safety

Compared to metal, the Corvette’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Corvette and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Corvette. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q60.

There are over 14 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the Corvette is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Corvette’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Q60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the Q60:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z51 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Corvette ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

755 HP

715 lbs.-ft.

Q60 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

10.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

111 MPH

Top Speed

185 MPH

150 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

133.1 MPH

107.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the Q60 3.0t (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

133.1 MPH

101.5 MPH

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 Q60 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 Q60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Corvette offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Corvette, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q60.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Corvette’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:

 

Corvette Z51

Corvette GS/Z06

Corvette ZR1

Q60

Q60 Red Sport 400

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.5 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

15.3 inches

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Q60 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Q60:

 

Corvette

Q60

 

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

88 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The Corvette’s standard 245/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60’s standard 40 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the Q60 Red Sport 400’s 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 20-inch rear wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Q60.

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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Q60.

Suspension and Handling

The Corvette has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 0 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q60.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Q60’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60.

The Corvette is 7.5 inches shorter than the Q60, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (15 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Corvette has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q60 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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 Q60 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 Q60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Infiniti Q60’s Infiniti Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Corvette comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $915 less than the Q60 over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 50.97% to 60.61% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.

Recommendations

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The Q60 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 Q60 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 Q60 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Infiniti Q60 by over two to one during 2018.

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