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I had four Mustang GT coupes over the years (1988, 1993, 1995 and 2008) and almost bought a brand-new 2017 GT. It would have been a "weekend" car, though, as I still have my 2015 Altima for commuting purposes. I test-drove a 2016 Mustang GT coupe and LOVED IT! I decided to up the ante and ordered a new 2017 Corvette Stingray in December and picked it up in February.
The Mustang GT has a 5.0L V8 that develops about 430 horsepower - while the Stingray has a 6.2L V8 that churns out 460 horsepower. The 'Stang has a 6-speed manual, while the Stingray offers 7 cogs (8 if you get the automatic). Sadly, the exhaust note on the standard Mustang GT sounds much better than the "performance exhaust" option on my Stingray. Yes - that's true. As far as the "bang for the buck" factor goes, the Mustang winds hands down.
However, there is a certain "cool factor" of a Corvette (especially in Torch Red) that you cannot get with any other car except maybe a Porsche. If you ever need to take more than one passenger with you, the Mustang gets the nod. If you are an empty-nester like I am and only have one kid (who is now grown) and seldom need to take anyone with you besides your main squeeze, the Corvette is the way to go. They also don't depreciate quite as badly as a Mustang - provided you keep the mileage low.
If I could do it over again, I would still get the 'Vette........but for the same cash, a Roush, Steeda or Saleen Mustang (with more horsepower than a Stingray) is within reach. Test drive both of them and see if the Corvette is worth the extra 15 grand. Honestly, they are BOTH great cars with a huge following.
On Memorial Day, I drove my new Stingray in a parade with the Corvette Club of Richmond. Right behind us was the Central VA Mustang Club. Sure, there is some rivalry, but we are all car guys (and girls) at heart and were united for a great cause. Both groups received standing ovations from the crowd for our patriotic support of those who gave their all for this wonderful nation.
If you buy a GT, please post some pics!
"If I passed you on the right, then you are driving in the wrong lane."