2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2020 BMW M2 Competition

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Both the Corvette and the M2 Competition 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

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2 Competition. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 Competition ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

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The M2 Competition’s redline is at 7600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corvette has a 6500 to 6600 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 50 more horsepower (455 vs. 405) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 55 more horsepower (460 vs. 405) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 245 more horsepower (650 vs. 405) and 244 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 350 more horsepower (755 vs. 405) and 309 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the BMW M2 Competition (automatics tested):

Corvette

M2 Competition

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.7 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

116 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’s fuel efficiency. The M2 Competition 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 M2 Competition requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 Competition (18.5 vs. 13.7 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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A seven-speed manual is standard on the Chevrolet Corvette, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a 6-speed manual is available for the M2 Competition.

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 M2 Competition.

Brakes and Stopping

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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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the M2 Competition:

Corvette

M2 Competition

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

155 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 Competition (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

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 M2 Competition’s standard 35 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 M2 Competition’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 20-inch rear wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the M2 Competition.

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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Corvette offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The M2 Competition’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1.2 inches wider in the front than the track on the M2 Competition.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the M2 Competition Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the M2 Competition’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the BMW M2 Competition.

The Corvette is 7 inches shorter in height than the M2 Competition, making the Corvette much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 M2 Competition (.35). 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

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The Corvette has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the M2 Competition.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the M2 Competition Coupe (15 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 M2 Competition 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 M2 Competition 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 M2 Competition has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature 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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 Competition has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2 Competition’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

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The Chevrolet Corvette comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW M2 Competition isn’t available as a convertible.

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The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The M2 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 M2 Competition has never been chosen.

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