Thursday, February 21, 2013

Choose The Right Used Sports Car: 2010 Corvette ZO6 vs. 2010 Ferrari F430

To decide which one of these sports cars you can picture yourself in. First, you need to know a little bit about them. One of the biggest differences between the 2010 Corvette ZO6 and the 2010 Ferrari F430, outside of the fact that the Corvette is American-made, and the Ferrari is made in Italy, lies right in the price tag. 

You can purchase a Corvette ZO6 for just a little over $70,000. If you are looking to purchase a Ferrari 430 expect to shell out anything from around $187,000 to $217,000, that's quite a difference. So I guess the ultimate question should be is the extra 100k plus worth it to stand out in the crowd by driving an Italian-made sports car.

Here are some of the specs.

Corvette ZO6 


Weight 3175lbs
MPG City 15/Hwy 24
HP 505@6300
Torque 470@4800
Wheelbase 105.7 (in)  
Length 175.6 (in)
Width 75.9 (in)
Height 48.7 (in)


Ferrari F430  

Weight 3197lbs                            
MPG City 11/Hwy 16
HP 490@8500
Torque 342@5250
Wheelbase 105.7(in)
Length 175.6 (in)
Width 75.9 (in)
Height 48.7 (in) 
So here are some of the specs for both cars, as you can see they are pretty well matched. The Corvette gets a little bit more horsepower and a lot more torque all while getting a little better gas mileage, and in this day and age who doesn't need that.

When it comes to styling, I would have to say it is a tie. Both cars have a very aggressive sports car look and both cars have the similar recognizable curves that have been used by their respective car designers for years. 

There is one styling advantage that the Corvette has over the Ferrari, and that is you will have more exterior colors to choose from when choosing your color. 

The reason is probably that when you buy a Ferrari, I don't know why anyone would want any other color than the famous bright red that Ferrari is best known for. Since its company’s existence, red has always been it, although the yellow is pretty flattering. 

The interior is also another toss-up as both cars have top-of-the-line everything and is said to make anyone feel like they’re in an extremely comfortable race car. One option that the Ferrari has that the Corvette does not offer is the manual paddle-shifting on the steering wheel. With it only taking 150 milliseconds for the Ferrari to change gears, I can imagine that someone could have a lot of fun in one of these cars.

In the end, with a price tag that is much more reasonable and with more horsepower, torque, and a top speed of 195 mph, I would have to say, I would rather own the American-made Corvette, especially when thinking about these important points. 

If you live in the U.S., you are probably never too far away from a dealership where you can order, purchase and pick up a ZO6. When it comes to Ferrari, it will not be that easy, in fact, you might even have to tack on a little more to the price tag for delivery. 

Also, like any car, cars need maintenance and even sometimes need replacement parts, but have fun finding an affordable qualified technician to work on your Ferrari. 

Even living overseas in a country known for building exotic cars, dealerships will still not be a dime a dozen. The point is, getting maintenance done on your Ferrari or any other exotic car will always be a little bit on the expensive side, and probably a bit of a hassle.