2021 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 Porsche 911

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Safety

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The Camaro (except LS)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 911 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro (except LS)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 911 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the 911 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the 911. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 911 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 15 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Camaro ZL1’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 10 more horsepower (650 vs. 640) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 590) than the 911 Turbo S’ optional 3.7 turbo 6-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the 911 S 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

911

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.9 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

11.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124 MPH

122 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro LT1/SS Auto gets better fuel mileage than the 911 S Coupe RWD Auto (16 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 911 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The 911 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 911’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 911 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 17.6 gallons).

The Camaro 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 911 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 911.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camaro stops much shorter than the 911:

Camaro

911

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

144 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

96 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the 911 (245/50R18 vs. 235/40R19). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 911 (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:315/30R21).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 911’s optional 35 series front tires.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 911 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 911 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 14.2 inches longer than on the 911 (110.7 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is .7 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the 911.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the 911’s (36.4% to 63.6%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the 911 S Coupe pulls only 1.06 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Camaro RS Coupe is quieter than the 911 S Coupe (91 vs. 94 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the 911 Coupe is rated a Minicompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 20 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 911 (93 vs. 73).

The Camaro Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 911 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camaro Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 911 Coupe with its rear seat up (9.1 vs. 4.6 cubic feet).

The Camaro Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 911 Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 4.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Camaro 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 911 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1) offers an available 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 911 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The 911 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 911 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $125 to $10825 less than the 911 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $22018 to $52930 less than for the Porsche 911.

Recommendations

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The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The 911 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 911 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The 911 has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Porsche 911 by over five to one during 2019.

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