2011 Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
vs. 2011 Dodge
Challenger SRT8

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8

9.8

starting from

$44,635

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger SRT8

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OK braking distance from 60mph
117 ft
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Spacious front seats
55.6 ft3
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More airbags
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

9.4

starting from

$75,325

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Great cornering ability
1.07 g
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High top speed
190 mph
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph
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Quite powerful
505 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Practicality 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Winner: Challenger SRT8
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  • Room for 3 more people, 5 vs 2
  • Almost the same
  • The Challenger SRT8 has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • The Corvette Z06 can change direction more than 20% faster, 1.07 g vs 0.89 g
  • The Corvette Z06 can go more than 10% faster than the Challenger SRT8, 190 mph vs 170 mph
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs 13.0 s s @ 111.3 mph mph
Safety Features 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Winner: Challenger SRT8
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  • The Challenger SRT8 has 2 more airbags (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 5 vs 3
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Winner: Challenger SRT8
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Winner: Challenger SRT8
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  • The best price we've seen is $30,690 cheaper (more than 40% less), $44,635 vs $75,325
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both the Corvette Z06 and Challenger SRT8 are quite powerful
  • Both cars are sporty, but the Corvette Z06 in particular is a responsive car
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Practicality

Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
Challenger SRT8
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Passengers 2 vs 5 The Challenger SRT8 has lots of passenger seats, but the Corvette Z06 has very few
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Highway driving range 432 miles vs 439 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 22.4 ft3 vs 16.2 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room, however the Corvette Z06 in particular is very roomy
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Challenger SRT8 has roomy front seats and the Corvette Z06 is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Challenger SRT8's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Corvette Z06
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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 4 The Challenger SRT8 has a good number of cupholders, but the Corvette Z06 does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
Challenger SRT8
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs 4.6 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 117 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs 13.0 s s @ 111.3 mph mph The Corvette Z06's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Challenger SRT8 is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 1.07 g vs 0.89 g The Corvette Z06 has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Challenger SRT8 is below average
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Top speed 190 mph vs 170 mph Both vehicles can hit high speeds

Safety Features

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
Challenger SRT8
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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 5 The Challenger SRT8 has a good number of airbags, but the Corvette Z06 does not (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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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 Uconnect

Entertainment System

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Corvette Z06
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Challenger SRT8
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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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 Challenger SRT8 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Challenger SRT8; no amount of money can buy it on the Corvette Z06

Cost

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Corvette Z06
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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
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MSRP $75,325 vs $44,635 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 14 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Corvette Z06
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Challenger SRT8
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
Challenger SRT8
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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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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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Dodge
Challenger SRT8
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Horsepower 505 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 470 HP @ 6,000 RPM Both the Corvette Z06 and Challenger SRT8 are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.3 lb/hp vs 8.9 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the Corvette Z06 in particular is a responsive car
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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 37.5 ft

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2011 Dodge Challenger 2011 Dodge Charger Challenger vs Charger
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T 2012 Ford Mustang GT Challenger R/T vs Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Challenger SRT8 vs Camaro SS
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Challenger R/T vs GT-R Black Edition
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Challenger R/T vs Impreza WRX STI

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Jack Bashum (0:41 AM, January 21, 2015)
Ya, my SRT came with an optional sunroof and an "18" speaker sound system that included subwoofers. The SRT 392 has 1/4 times in the mid 12's and a top speed in the 180's. Get your facts straight!
 
Drew (1:50 AM, July 17, 2014)
I don't know where you guys are getting your performance stats from, but I know a stock Z06 does much better than stated. For instance, the Z06's top speed is 198 mph, not 190 mph. And 0-60 is in 3.7 seconds, not 4.3 secs.