We were used to seeing different BMW models taking on other exquisite sports cars from the auto industry, with a thorough specs comparison followed by a drive test to demonstrate their driving capabilities.
However, this time we didn’t test out the BMW M4 with Competition Package against the brutal Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, both models being compared only on paper. The choice for these two seen here is pretty obvious, they are closely related in terms of performance and sheer performance.
To start with the BMW M4 all dressed-up with the Competition Package, the Bavarian model comes with some heave mechanical customizations, like new suspension with the Pack springs and dampers, adding a new rear differential. All these improve the car`s handling and make it more stable on tight corners.
As for the powertrain, the M4 uses the same 3.0-ltier M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder, with the Competition Package bringing more power. We are looking here at 19 horses more, reaching thus an overall of 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear axle via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT. With the latter transmission, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is done in just 3.9 seconds, at a topping of electronically limited 250 km/h.
On the other hand, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport comes with its own performance goodies, like Magnetic Ride Control, custom springs, anti-roll bars, huge 14.5” carbon ceramic Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and four-piston calipers front and rear.
All these make the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport quite fast, even if it is placed below the Corvette Z06 or the Z51 Stingray, but faster than the M4 with around 0.3s. Speaking about performance, the Grand Sport comes with a massive 6.2-liter naturally aspirated LT1 V8 engine, with 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic, making the sports car sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.
So judging by the official figures, we have the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport in a clear advantage: we`ve got a massive 6.2-liter, greater output and torque and better sprint. Now, all it remains is seeing these powerful cars in a drag race. Hopefully, we will be back with such a daring test!