We doubt there’s anyone anywhere who loves cars and does not know about Chevy’s two greats – the Corvette and the Camaro. Despite being from the same stable of cars, the Camaro and the Corvette are poles apart when it comes to performance, packaging, and potential. They differ in their looks, in their target audience and their purpose as well.
Camaro fans and Corvette lovers are simply two different categories of people, so why are where asking you to choose between night and day? Well, just because… And if this question honestly flummoxed you, here are some comparative points to help you decide.
10 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Idea
The Corvette is an all and out sports car – those clean lines, that low nose – it all points to this car being a road-hugging speed monster. People who like the Corvette are not just fans of a sports car, but true fans of the American sports car, with a definitive need for speed.
The Camaro is and has always been a muscle car – sometimes true muscle, and sometimes falling to low power models because of circumstances out of Chevy’s hands. But while it has been a sporty drive – there’s that fine line between muscle cars and sports car that the Camaro does not cross to remain firmly masculine, high on horsepower and not as zippy as a Corvette.
9 Camaro Vs. Corvette: 2020 Models
The Corvette is a different beast for 2020 and this is partly so because it is the first mid-engined Corvette to be brought out by Chevrolet, in all of the Vette’s 66 years of production. Not only does this give the Vette better balance and road handling, as well as driving experience, but it also just added a lot of storage space to make the Vette your favored daily driver.
The 2020 Camaro is also described as a sports car by the Chevrolet on their official site – but remains a more conventional front-engined build. That bold muscular front and grille remain as do the Camaro’s iconic looks. The taillamps remind you of the Camaros of yore, designed for a retro feel to an otherwise modern car.
8 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Power
The base 2020 Camaro runs on a turbocharged 2.0-liter power mill that offers 275 horsepower and 295 ft-lb torque. The max horsepower and torque generated by any trim go right up to 650 horses and ft-lb torque each, propelling the Camaro 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. So yes, the top trim of the Camaro is no slowpoke.
The 6.2-liter V8 in the 2020 Corvette Stingray is lower at 490 horses and 465 ft-lb torque – and this can be upped with a performance exhaust to 495 and 470 respectively. And yet, it’s the Corvette that can run 0-60mph in a flat 2.9 seconds – so clearly the power on tap isn’t all that matters when it comes to speed.
7 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Price
At about $60,000, the Corvette rivals supercar-like performance at an incredibly budgeted price. It is rumored that the C8 2020 Corvette may lose money for Chevrolet. The top trim of the Corvette can cost you upwards of $72,000, with added expenses on top. Still, for the kind of performance it offers, its nearly a budget car.
On the other hand, the 2020 Camaro starts at a much lower baseline price of around $40,000 – which isn’t as pricey as a Corvette can get. And it may not zoom as fast as the Corvette, but the Camaro is no weakling on the roads and gets the job done, well.
6 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Competition
When it comes to the Detroit Three, the Corvette wins hands down. None of the other all-American carmakers have been able to offer a successful competitor to the Corvette. If we had to pin its likely competition, especially looking at the 2020 model’s tech – we’d say the closest rivals would be the Acura NSX, Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, and the Porsche 911. All of which are far more expensive than the Vette. And none of them are American.
The Camaro, on the other hand, has arch-rivals in the Detroit Three. Launched as an answer to Mustang’s growing popularity – the Camaro rivals the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger for starters. This is the case of a rivalry between the Detroit Three itself.
5 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Tech
While the Camaro and the Corvette may be somewhat on the same footing taking into consideration the performance vs. the price, the Corvette leads in tech innovations. While the Corvette’s mid-engine move was new and shocking, equally a first was its decision to factory produce right-hand-drive Vettes for people who drove on the wrong side of the road. Like the Australians and the Brits. The Camaro, on the other hand, went right-hand drive in 2018 itself, playing a one-upmanship game with the Vette.
The Vette has another new thing up its sleeve – and that’s a self-raising nose programmable by GPS and capable of storing 1,000 locations. This makes all those potholes and speedbump cruising that much easier.
4 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The History
The Corvette was launched way before the Camaro, in 1953, after a show vehicle generated a lot of public interest. Clearly, in the Chevy sports car lineup, the Corvette is the Camaro’s bigger bro. The Camaro came later in 1966 and was more Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Mustang’s ever-growing demand and popularity. At the time of Camaro’s launch, it was dubbed a “small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs for breakfast”.
While the Camaro may have been overhyped a tad, it nevertheless did eat into Mustang’s sales by luring anyone who was more of a Chevy fan and wanted a muscle car. Surprisingly when Hot Wheels was launched, it was a blue Camaro that made it to the shelf faster than a Corvette.
3 Camaro Vs. Corvette: In The Movies
Another place where the Camaro may have to give the Corvette the slip is when it became Bumblebee. While historically speaking, the Bumblebee was a Volkswagen Beetle – it's at the end of the 2018 movie that Bumblebee morphs into a bright yellow Camaro and goes zipping down the traffic.
The Corvette Stingray has also been very much a part of the Transformer movies as the brave Autobot Sideswipe – though its Bumblebee that rules the roost now. Of course, there was a 1978 Mark Hamill movie called The Corvette Summer as well, so there Camaro. Both being rather iconic cars, they have been quite the movie stars throughout their lives.
2 Camaro Vs. Corvette: The Racing
The Camaro is no racing lightweight. It won the 1971 and 1973 Australian Touring Car Championships and was also the official car of the International Race of Champions (the IROC-Z). A favorite in drag racing, they have won many Hot Rodding competitions throughout the world. The Camaro ZL2 also won in Daytona 500, is now Chevy’s racer for the Monster Energy NASCAR cup series.
The Corvette has been a Le Mans winner as well as at the 24 Hours of Daytona – plus it has been the Indianapolis pace car some 15 times to date. Both these zippy cars have excelled on the track, as well as on-road.
1 Camaro Vs. Corvette: Your Choice
Ultimately, it does boil down to which you prefer more. Both the Camaro and the Corvette are iconic nameplates offering the best in performance and speed. The Corvette is more styled and has more sportscars like looks. The Camaro, on the other hand, has a more brute and muscular appearance, which is not surprising considering its muscle car past.
The 2019 Corvette gives 12-18mpg for the city, depending on the model. The 2019 Camaro’s fuel economy is slightly better at 13-22mpg for the city, based on the model chosen. So they are both gas guzzlers but make for decent daily drivers as well. So which one is your poison?