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“Camaro vs Corvette – this rivalry is not just between any two ordinary vehicles but is between two iconic cars, the Camaro and the Corvette.” Iconic nameplates that took the world by a storm, the Corvette and the Camaro aren’t just some car names. They are well-known brand names in themselves. With time, both of these cars have evolved into America’s most aggressive vehicles.
Camaro and Corvette have always been head to head from the beginning of Chevy’s history. Being the two most popular vehicles of Chevy, Camaro & Corvette has help up their own in any competition. Be it the futuristic design or the super-powered engines, these two cars compete in almost every segment. Interior for both the cars is a little off the mark whereas the interior in Corvette is slightly tilted towards the driver. Both the car’s interiors have large center infotainment screens, however, the Vette’s infotainment screen is a little tilted towards the driver.
Stepping into 2019, C7 stands as the last of its kind, and thus marks the end of an era of front-engined corvettes. Built to offer a thrilling experience at an affordable price, the Vette has always been an integral part of the American car culture.
And the same can be said for the Camaro. Referred to as a “small vicious animal that preys on mustangs,” the Camaro has also evolved into more than just a pony car.
Though these cars come from different leagues, its the blood running in the family, which unites these icons and yet makes them stand against each other. Unlike other rivals, these cars have mutual respect, but at times, they go toe-to-toe.
Let’s jump straight into the review to know what all differentiates these brothers living under the same roof.
CHAPTER 1 – IS AGE JUST A NUMBER, OR NOT?
You all might have heard this line several times in the movies or the T.V. shows, but is age a big deal? Well, like a bottle of old wine, some cars get tasteful and exciting, the same can be said for these bow-tie brothers. Chevrolet introduced both of these cars in the mid 20th century.
Corvette was introduced as a mere showcase for the New York Auto show, but unexpectedly captivated a considerable amount of attention towards it that compelled Chevy to bring this car into production in 1953. From the first generation ‘solid-axle’ models to the aggressively designed, C7 models, the Corvette has evolved drastically with time.
Corvette was never meant to be a regular car but was made to become an iconic American sports car. Over time, this car has seen a lot of changes, both with respect to design and power which helped it amass a huge fan following all around the globe – and ultimately becoming the most popular sports car in history.
With the 2020 C8 Corvette around the corner and a legacy of 67 years & continuing, the Vette stands strong and amazes the enthusiasts and its fans.
On the other hand stands the younger sibling of it, the Camaro. Code-named’ Panther’, this concept became a reality when its production began in 1967. Built to be a good friend of the owner, this pony car was introduced as an answer to the Mustang.
Treading on the lines of the Corvette, the Camaro, grew faster, and also became an icon in the automobile industry. This American muscle took some giant leaps in its design language and performance and hence, like the Vette, this also became a mass favorite.
With 60 years and still going on, this iconic car never ceases to amaze its loyal fans and admirers. With such a long list of iterations and an age that makes many looks old and tasteless, these two American icons feel young and dauntlessly say that age is just a number.
CHAPTER 2 – NUMBERS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
Moving on to the next big thing, the numbers. These cars didn’t make a legacy just by sitting in the showroom. It was the marketing of and the prominent sales figure that made them what they are today. Below is an analysis of the sales figures of these cars from the beginning to date.
Camaro vs Corvette, the big picture – The first table shows the sales number of the Corvette, while the second table shows the same thing about the Camaro.
From the graph above, it can be inferred that until the third generation, people were buying the Vette. Post this generation; sales dwindled due to the higher prices.
On the other hand, the Camaro was like a blockbuster movie as in its first generation churned out an impressive amount of numbers. The Camaro made its debut with the third generation of Corvette, and as a result, people got a perfect option to go with.
The Camaro stood and still stands at a sweet spot for those who want a practical and daily driver, which is not only affordable but is sturdy. The Corvette, on the other hand, is a sports car and thus takes the prices along with performance, to a whole new level. Both of these cars gave an impressive sales figure to date, though the numbers have trickled down.
CHAPTER 3 – LET’S GET SERIOUS
Moving past the sales figures, onto the track, these bow-tie brothers have always tried to take the driving experience to the extreme. Be it your regular streets or the high-speed interstates or the racetracks; these cars are meant to torture the tarmac under their wheels.
Not just their looks, their performance has also been improved with time. Chevrolet made sure that these cars are not only aggressive on the outside, but offer a driving experience that matches their character and legacy. Below is a graphical analysis of their power and performance throughout the generations.
Camaro vs Corvette, which one has more grunt? – The first table shows the horsepower analysis of the Corvette, while the second one shows the same about the Camaro throughout the years. The data clearly shows what Chevrolet wanted from these vehicles and how the engineers have reached this point.
From the above graph, it can be noted that Chevrolet was never intended to be just a daily driver, but more than that. Hence this info-graph proves the fact that the manufacturer always wanted to make the Corvette, the ultimate American sports car. Also, it should be noted that the models selected in this graph are the top-spec models; hence, it can be said that every new Corvette has always outperformed the outgoing model.
The above-shown info-graph shows how Chevrolet improved the performance of the Camaro throughout its lifetime, and still, it continues to do so. And just like its sales, the first-generation Camaro was impressive as it offered an excellent 290 horses under its hood.
While both the above-shown graphs show a similar trend, it should be noted that during the gas crisis, the performance of both the cars got severely hampered and thus offering less powered and more fuel-efficient engines. But after running low on horses during this phase, both the cars got a significant jump in their performance due to the lowered gas prices and abundant availability of the gas.
CHAPTER 4 – CURRENT MARKET SCENARIO
And like the circle never ends, we also land at the same point again, the sales. But here, we will be discussing the current generation models only. Both of these bow-tie brothers have come to a point where they stand shoulder to shoulder yet mutually respect each other.
Camaro vs Corvette, what sells better? – From the pie diagram shown above, it is pretty much evident that people prefer to go for the Camaro rather than taking the Vette. The biggest reason for the low sales of the Vette is due to its higher price while Corvette is still an affordable sports car in its league, its younger sibling’s attractive price that makes the Camaro command a larger market share.
CHAPTER 5 – IS IT THE END OF THEIR RIVALRY…OR NOT?
With the same blood running through their metal, the bow-tie brothers, the Corvette and the Camaro stood face to face, giving each other a competition which worried many people, won’t take them much further. After 60 years of their bitter-sweet relationship, what drives them is the passion that fuels the hearts of loyal fans and enthusiasm and their legacy. Corvette and Camaro will always be Chevy’s greatest rivalry due to their 60-year-old history. Chevy has also learned from mistakes in the past and has tried to do better with every new facelift or update they ever had in these two vehicles.
Reports haven’t been kind on Chevy lovers as recently Chevy announced that they will be discontinuing Camaro in 2023. A devastating blow to the Bow Tie fans as Corvette will have to go all alone on the track without a sibling. What are your views on this? Comment Below
Anuron Deka is a passionate driver whose love for cars can only be matched by his passion for writing. Hence naturally, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Engineering, he migrated to a job that lets him explore both of his passions.
Apart from cars, he is a hardcore soccer lover and an aspiring chef. His club is Manchester United and has been religiously following the club since David Beckham was a Red Devil. He loves exploring foods from all across the world. What he loves more is cooking them.