2020 Mercedes AMG GT vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

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The Mercedes AMG GT’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Corvette doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Corvette doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Corvette doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Corvette doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mercedes AMG GT and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The AMG GT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Mercedes AMG GT have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 6 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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

Horsepower

Torque

Mercedes AMG GT C 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT R 4.0 turbo V8

577 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6.2 V8

490 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z51 6.2 V8

495 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Mercedes AMG GT’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corvette doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Mercedes AMG GT has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corvette (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Mercedes AMG GT

Mercedes AMG GT C/R

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

13.8 inches

The Mercedes AMG GT 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 Corvette doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Mercedes AMG GT has larger front standard tires than the Corvette (255/35R19 vs. 245/35R19). The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corvette (F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:305/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mercedes AMG GT is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Corvette.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (47% to 53%) than the Corvette’s (40% to 60%). This gives the Mercedes AMG GT more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

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The Mercedes AMG GT has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 11.2 inches more front hip room and 4 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Mercedes AMG GT’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Corvette doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 25% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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The Mercedes AMG GT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Corvette.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Mercedes AMG GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mercedes AMG GT offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Corvette doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Corvette has never been an “All Star.”

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