Road Tests Real world tests of Shelby Cobra GT500 vs Corvette

0-60mph

The ZR-1 has the ability to take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and from a stop to 100 in 10.4 seconds.
Corvette Z06 | by Car and Driver (Jun, 1989)

0-100mph

GM also says the ZR1 will rip to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, to 100 mph in 7.0 seconds, and through the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph.
Corvette Z06 | by Car and Driver (Oct, 2008)

1/4 mile

The quarter-mile flashes by in just 11.2 seconds at a trap speed of 130.5 mph (at that point the Viper is doing 124.4 mph).
Corvette Z06 | by MotorTrend (Oct, 2008)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Shelby Cobra GT500

Reasons to consider the
Ford Shelby Cobra GT500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

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Faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 12.9 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $74k vs $41k More than 80% more expensive harder to own
Faster to 100mph 8.3 s vs 10 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
Lighter curb weight 3,130 lb vs 3,950 lb More than 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Bigger engine 7,011 cc vs 5,409 cc Around 30% bigger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 6.26 lb/hp vs 7.9 lb/hp More than 20% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Shelby Cobra GT500  vs
Corvette 
Brand Ford Chevrolet
Price 40,930 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2005 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.9 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 6,000 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 450 ft-lb 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,409 cc 7,011 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Supercharger None
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.55 in / 4.17 in 4.13 in / 4 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2

road tests

Shelby Cobra GT500  vs
Corvette 
1/4 mile 12.9 s 12 s
0-60mph 4.7 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 10 s 8.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Gearing Traditional Traditional
Gear ratios
1: 2.98:1
2: 1.78:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.8:1
6: 0.63:1
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.42:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 241 285/30 19
Rear wheels 483/? 241 510/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,950 lb 3,130 lb
Width 73.9 in 76 in
Height 55.7 in 49.1 in
Length 188 in 174.6 in
Front track width 61.9 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 105.7 in
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