2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 McLaren Senna

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corvette has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Senna doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Corvette and the Senna have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 2 years longer than McLaren covers the Senna. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Senna ends after only 3 years.

There are over 157 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are McLaren dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

The Senna’s redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corvette has a 6500 to 6600 RPM redline.

Engine

The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 590) than the Senna’s 4.0 turbo V8. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 590) than the Senna’s 4.0 turbo V8.

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

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 Senna.

Brakes and Stopping

The Corvette stops shorter than the Senna:

Corvette

Senna

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

136 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Senna (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:315/30R20).

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

The Chevrolet Corvette’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The McLaren Senna only has 1 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Senna doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Senna (106.7 inches vs. 105 inches).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the Senna pulls only 1.12 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Senna’s (37.7 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis

The Corvette is 9.9 inches shorter than the Senna, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Senna:

Corvette

Senna

Full-Throttle

89 dB

102 dB

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 Senna doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Senna doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Senna doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Senna’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Corvette. The Corvette’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Senna doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Road and Track performed a comparison test in its December 2019 issue and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe won out over the McLaren Senna.

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

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