Originally Posted by 737Drvr
I'll stir the pot here. I'm not a kool aid drinker for BMW as I do not even own one at the moment. However, I have owned a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Corvette and there is no comparison. It is no accident that Porsche has been at or near the top of J.D. Power quality surveys for years now. The Corvette is the best bang for the buck sports car out there. Period. However, the way certain (not all) Porsche's handle and the confidence they inspire in their drivers is something no Corvette can compare to. Just visit a Porsche forum for grins and see how many Z06's and ZR1's are being traded in for GT3's and RS's. And don't even get me started on the interior. That is the Corvette's weakest point--specifically the seats that have virtually no lateral support. I know, my old man owns 2 C6's (Z06 and ZR1). Again, I do not discount these cars as they are a performance bargain and, yes, are overall very reliable machines. America should be proud of them but in some areas they are not up to snuff with the competition--German or otherwise. An otherwise example being the GT-R. For the same money as a Z06, you get a car that will school any stock Corvette and has an interior somewhat worthy of its price point. At the end of the day, of course, it is a matter of personal preference. That is why they make different cars for different folks. If you want a car that is made by the hands of the gods, may I suggest an Italian car.
Come on man -- you are comparing a $120K GT3 to a $70K Z06
Porsches are fantastic cars but are also way overpriced. Of course it's going to have better interior, bits, etc. It better for the delta in price points. There is no way in hell it is $50K better than a Z06.....while being slower. I've owned Porsches and Vettes as well and no rear engine Porsche has ever inspired any confidence in me. As a matter of fact, at speed north of 120 mph the front is quite twitchy. The CaymanS is a different story. It instills more confidnece than ANY car I've ever driven. It's just underpowered and too small. There are plenty of people that went the other way as well --- from a Porsche to a Vette after recognizing exactly what I have stated above re: cost factor.
The GT-R is also a fantastic car but it's now $90K.
Some people care more about the interior than others and those that care that much about it, will opt for the Porsche....others will take $10K and get this to "spruce" up the interior of the Vette.
I do agree with you on the most important part --- buy what you like!!