2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

Both the Corvette and the Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes covers the AMG GT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Mercedes AMG GT ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mercedes AMG GT’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GT.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes 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 Mercedes AMG GT’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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the Mercedes AMG GT:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Corvette ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

755 HP

715 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT 4.0 turbo V8

469 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT S Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

515 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT C 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

577 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Mercedes AMG GT C (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

AMG GT

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

11.4 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Mercedes AMG GT:

 

Corvette

AMG GT

 

80 to 0 MPH

167 feet

200 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

148 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

114 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mercedes AMG GT (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20).

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 Mercedes AMG GT’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 Mercedes AMG GT Coupe.

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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Mercedes AMG GT (106.7 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

The Corvette Grand Sport Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Mercedes AMG GT S Coupe pulls only 1.03 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Mercedes AMG GT S Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 23.4 seconds @ .9 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GT.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Mercedes AMG GT (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Mercedes AMG GT C Coupe:

 

Corvette

AMG GT

At idle

52 dB

58 dB

Full-Throttle

89 dB

93 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Mercedes AMG GT Coupe (15 vs. 10.1 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk than the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster (10 vs. 5.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. Visors that swivel front-to-side cost extra on the Mercedes AMG GT.

Recommendations

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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Mercedes AMG GT by over 12 to one during 2018.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos