In this luxury coupe comparison, Carlos Lago from Edmunds takes an in-depth look at two popular sports cars, the Chevy Corvette C8 and BMW M4 Competition. You might not think these two sport coupes would have much in common, but the Corvette and M4 share many similarities. Both are rear-wheel-drive two-door coupes that have around 500 horsepower. They have similar prices, and both are insanely fun to drive. Which one is the better choice? We answer that question and more in this exciting sports car comparison of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2021 BMW M4 Competition. With the eighth-generation Corvette (or C8), Chevrolet moved away from the classic front-engine layout to a new mid-engine layout. The change dramatically improves the driving experience. The 2020 Corvette C8, with a 6.2-liter V8 and dual-clutch automatic transmission, glides effortlessly around the track. The steering and handling are such that the driver has the utmost confidence to push this Chevy sports car to its limits. Speed has always been a calling card of the Corvette, and the 2020 model doesn’t disappoint — it’s really fast. Add all these factors up, and it’s easy to see why the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is consistently ranked as one of the best sports cars. The BMW M4 Competition is a worthy opponent for the Corvette. Redesigned for 2021, the M4 is faster and more powerful than the previous generation. A turbocharged 503-horsepower six-cylinder engine and improved suspension work together to put all that power to the road. The M4 is based on the BMW M3 sedan, so it is a little longer and taller than the Corvette. The 2021 M4 also has a back seat, so there’s more interior space in BMW’s sports car. Fun, fast and powerful, the 2021 BMW M4 Competition is a force on the track and on the road. These two similar sports cars are the stars in this luxury sports car comparison test. The Chevrolet Corvette and BMW M4 Competition are both rear-drive two-door sport coupes with 500 hp. It would be hard to go wrong with either, but which is the right choice for you? We have our preference, but everyone is different and we’re here to help you make the best decision. It’s the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 vs. 2021 BMW M4 Competition sports car comparison test.
As you will see at the end of the video review of the BMW M4 and C8 Corvette that both are great sports cars. The C8 Corvette is faster but the BMW M4 has back seats but gives you more raw rear wheel driving experience.
You can get a lot more C8 Corvette for the price vs. the BMW M4. The C8 Corvette is the best mid engine car for the price range and even compared to other mid engine supercars that are double or triple the price.
Check out this video from YouTuber EddieX where he compares a C8 Corvette to his Audi R8. Right away a used R8 RWD in price doesn’t compare in price 130k vs. 85k, which on average is 45k more and has a lot less to offer especially in creature comforts.
The latest generation of the Corvette has become a mid-engine sports car, which really elevates the performance as well as the exotic appeal of this American icon. So now how does it compare with a much more expensive mid-engine sports car, the Audi R8?
Its interesting how similar the recipes are, NA engine behind you, dual-clutch transmission and RWD.
One of the biggest differences is going to be price. When brand new, the R8 and this C8 I’m driving are essentially $70,000 apart, but R8s are available used now, so the specific price delta here is $40,000. After having driven and tracked the new C8 Stingray, and been in many R8s (recently purchasing a 2018 R8 RWS), I started thinking about if the R8 is actually worth it. We discuss some of the similarities, differences and how each car compares to the other. Do you think the R8 is worth spending extra money on? Which would you rather drive and own?
Check out this video from Speed Phenom on YouTube where he compares a Porsche 718 Spyder vs. a C8 Corvette that he has owned for over 20,000 miles.
2020 Mid engine Porsche vs. 2020 Mid Engine C8 Corvette
Some of the differences they point out with these two mid engine cars
Porsche 718 Spyder has a manual option
6 piston brakes on the Porsche 718 Spyder
4 piston Brembo brakes on the C8 Corvette
718 Spyder gets from 0–60 in just 4.2 seconds
C8 Corvette gets from 0-60 in under 3.0 seconds
718 Spyder 3200lbs
C8 Corvette 3366lbs
To point out they always give the “manual” experience story and Speed Phenom said “if the C8 Corvette had a manual people would buy it no..”
And if you look at the stats on the C7 Corvette only 13% of the C7s sold were manual. So the numbers show even though all these car guys always talk about getting a manual, missing a manual etc… most don’t buy them.
Automatic dual clutch transmissions are hard to beat and nowadays people need another hand for their phones. (lol)
Here is a real life review of a Corvette C8 from previous C7 Corvette Z06 owner Steven Cusson on YouTube.
Get his perspective on the good, bad, and ugly on the C8 Corvette vs. the Z06 C7 Corvette.
Something he mentioned he likes about the C8 Corvette is:
Apple Car Play
More comfortable than a C7 Corvette
Drives and Rides better than a C7 Corvette
Would launch and take a C7 Corvette in the 0 to 60
Loves the exotic look
Will take a C8 Corvette over a Z06 C7 Corvette
Also, here is a review of the Corvette C7 vs the C8 Corvette from CarMax
Chevrolet Corvette Review (2019-2020): Comparing the Corvette C7 & C8 | Prices, Impressions & More
Per their article and video description of the C7 vs C8 Corvette review.
The Chevrolet Corvette has been an American sports car icon for over half a century. Historically the Corvette has always been one of the more affordable and usable sports cars on the road, and that appeal has helped make it one of the most popular performance cars in the world. If you’ve always dreamed of cruising down the highway in your very own Vette but worried it would break your bank account, the experts at Edmunds are here to help. Travis Langness and Elana Scherr take a closer look at two of the most recent Corvette variants to help you decide which one fits best in your budget and lifestyle. The two Corvettes reviewed in this video are the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Even though these two Corvettes are only a year apart, the differences are significant. Redesigned for 2020, the Corvette Stingray (often referred to as the Corvette C8) has a completely different look and feel from the 2019 Corvette Z06 (known as the C7). But the biggest difference between these two sports cars is the engine. While the 2019 Corvette followed the classic under-the-hood front-engine layout, Chevrolet decided it needed to move to a mid-engine layout to enhance the car’s performance for 2020 and beyond. The new engine location — now behind the cabin — enhances the 2020 Corvette’s performance but does limit the rear visibility. Shoppers looking for high-performance sports cars have been flocking to the Chevy Corvette for decades. It’s an American automotive institution that has aged like fine wine. Which Corvette is the right choice for you? We’ll help you answer that question and more in our review of the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.
Check out this 10,000 Mile Review by Brink of Speed of the first year pros, cons, and alarming of his C8 Corvette.
Also, he shares some mods he has done and more aftermarket C8 Corvette mods he plans on adding like a front splitter, C8 corvette exhaust, wheels, and an engine cover.
Per Brink of Speed’s Captain America C8 Corvette Video:
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m excited to do this 10,000-mile review for you and show you all the pros, cons, and alarming things I’ve experienced over this past year of driving my C8 Corvette. Hope this helps you understand what you can expect from your C8 after 10,000 miles.
Check out this review and comparison of the C8 Corvette vs. Acura NSX by Speed Phenom on YouTube
The owner’s comparison you’ve been waiting for! How does the new C8 Mid-Engine Corvette drive compared to the refreshed Mid-Engine Hybrid-Powered Acura NSX? Find out in today’s episode!! I hope you all enjoy! What do you think, should Chevrolet infuse hybrid electrification into a future variant of this new Corvette?