Motor Trend: 2011 Ford Shelby GT 500 vs. 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2012 Nissan GT-R

This time, we decided to post Motor Trend`s thoughts on super cars, more precisely on three grand vehicles: 2011 Ford Shelby GT 500, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and 2012 Nissan GT-R. These models represent high power, high speed, and high price tag. Regarding their price, they are known as budget supercars.

GT-R vs Z06 vs GT500

The Shelby GT 500 is priced $49, 000. It is six-speed manual producing 550 horsepower. It is 3, 800 pounds heavy. A prominent feature is its front engine. The Shelby is highly appealing on the market.

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is priced $71, 000. It has an ultimate performance package along with carbon package. Under the hood, there is the Z06 engine wired to a six-speed manual transmission, delivering 505 horsepower. The Corvette has 3, 253 pounds weight, which makes it a lot lighter than the Mustang.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R is priced $ 91, 000. It has dual-clutch gearbox. The Nissan runs 530 horsepower. It is heavier in the group with 3, 900 pounds. The greatest advantage of this vehicle is the four-wheel drive.

Randy Pobst, a professional car race driver, came to help the Motor Trend`s team with these cars testing.

The principal specs were the following:

– 2011 Ford Shelby GT 500: 0-60mph in 4.1 sec; 1/4 mile in 12.4 sec. at 115.8 mph
– 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 0-60 mph in 3.8 sec.; ¼ mile in 11.8 sec. at 123.4 mph
– 2012 Nissan GT-R: 0-60 mph in 2.9 sec.; ¼ mile in 11.2 sec. at 122.7 mph

For even more detailed specifications, check out the video.


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