2011 BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Corvette Z06

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

9.7

starting from

$75,325

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Blazingly fast top speed
190 mph
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Quite powerful
505 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
4.3 seconds
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Average range on the highway
432 miles
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

9.6

Runner-up

BMW Z4 sDrive35is

starting from

$63,375
"The interior environment is typical BMW, a bit stark but crafted from quality soft-touch materials."
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's build-quality
"Handles like a dream"
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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More gears
7
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Very inexpensive
$63,375
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 432 miles vs 348 miles
  • Room for around 3x more stuff, 22.4 ft3 vs 8.0 ft3
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • The best price we've seen is $11,950 cheaper (around 20% less), $63,375 vs $75,325
Safety Features 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Winner: Z4 sDrive35is
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  • The Z4 sDrive35is has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 4 vs 3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Corvette Z06's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.6

Practicality

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Corvette Z06
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 432 miles vs 348 miles The Corvette Z06 has OK highway range, but the Z4 sDrive35is is very limited
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Cargo space 22.4 ft3 vs 8.0 ft3 The Corvette Z06 has lots of cargo room and the Z4 sDrive35is is pretty good
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Corvette Z06's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Z4 sDrive35is
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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MSRP $75,325 vs $63,375 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Z4 sDrive35is's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Corvette Z06's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Z4 sDrive35is's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Corvette Z06's is very short

Safety Features

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Corvette Z06
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 3 vs 4 The Z4 sDrive35is has an OK number of airbags while the Corvette Z06 has very few (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs BMW Assist

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the Corvette Z06's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Corvette Z06
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Horsepower 505 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 335 HP @ 5,900 RPM The Corvette Z06 is very powerful, while the Z4 sDrive35is is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The Z4 sDrive35is has more gears and the Corvette Z06 is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Z4 sDrive35is's semi-automatic transmission and the Corvette Z06's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Z4 sDrive35is comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Corvette Z06
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The Z4 sDrive35is's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.3 lb/hp vs 10.6 lb/hp The Corvette Z06 is a sporty car, while the Z4 sDrive35is is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.1 ft

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Corvette Z06's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Z4 sDrive35is does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Z4 sDrive35is, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Z4 sDrive35is; but it's not available at all on the Corvette Z06

Road Tests

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Corvette Z06
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs 5.0 seconds The Corvette Z06 has a good 0-60 time, but the Z4 sDrive35is is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 1.07 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 190 mph vs 155 mph The Corvette Z06 can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Z4 sDrive35is is just OK

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