Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster vs Corvette

0-60mph

Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Roadster

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Base

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Much higher redline 13,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM Around 95% more revs
More expensive sticker price $109k vs $74k More than 45% more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 2,500 lb vs 3,130 lb More than 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Faster top speed 198 mph vs 119 mph 79 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more torque 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM vs 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM More than 2.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more more powerful engine 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM More than 75% stronger engine
Faster to 100mph 8.3 s vs 11.1 s More than 25% faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 12.7 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Better power-to-weight ratio 6.26 lb/hp vs 8.8 lb/hp Around 30% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Roadster  vs
Corvette 
Brand Tesla Chevrolet
Price 109,000 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 13,500 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Air compressor None None
Fuels
Electricity
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb 3,130 lb
Width 73.7 in 76 in
Height 44.4 in 49.1 in
Length 155.4 in 174.6 in
Front track width 57.6 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 105.7 in

road tests

Roadster  vs
Corvette 
Top speed 119 mph 198 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 12 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 11.1 s 8.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 2 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.65:1
2: 2.07:1
3: 1.43:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.71:1
6: 0.57:1
Axle ratio 3.12:1 3.42:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 175/55 16 285/30 19
Rear wheels 406/? 152 510/30 20
Tesla Roadster Base
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Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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