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Corvette or Boss 302: Which One Would You Choose?

Posted in Chevrolet, Corvette, Domestic Rides, Ford, Mustang, Rides by MrAngry | December 9th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

C6 Corvette Boss 302 Mustang

OK, here’s the deal. I’ve been researching and driving just about everything I can get my hands on in the hopes of finding a new daily driver/track car. It’s a tough thing I know, but as it’s really my only hobby, it’s a decision that is not to be taken lightly. The car will probably see anywhere from 10-12 track days per year with a nice 7-day stint running in the 2012 One Lap of America. What that means is that the car in question needs to be comfortable enough for my 6’4″ frame, large enough to carry a weeks worth of luggage and fast enough so that I can potentially keep up with majority of the people that run in the advanced group. Thus far I’ve narrowed it down to two cars; a 2008 or better Chevrolet Corvette or a slightly used BOSS 302 Mustang.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette
*Photo Credit: InsideLine

Both cars have their pro’s and con’s, however for whatever reason, I’m having a bitch of a time making a decision. On the one hand a base model Corvette equipped with an LS3 produces 436 hp and 428 lb.-ft of torque when equipped with the sport exhaust. It also gets 26 mph hwy, weighs in at 3,217 lbs., will sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and top out at 190 mph.

Ford Mustang Boss 302
*Photo Credit: AutoWeek

In comparison the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang puts out 440 hp and 380 lb.-ft, will hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and will hit maximum velocity at (electronically limited) 155 mph, plus it has usable back seats. It does however weight in a 3,621 lbs. and has a much higher price tag then a used Vette’. So, presented with the following facts, which car would you choose and why?

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11 Responses

  1. JamesM says:

    Boss 302

    Corvette is boring to me these days and the Boss just screams power.

  2. Willhelm says:

    The Corvette is the lesser of the two evils. Go for that one. I have been in both cars and I must say the Corvette is just that much more special. Essentially, if you offer somebody a ride I am pretty sure a corvette would get them a whole lot more excited. Also, I am biased, I dislike mustangs.

  3. Sanford says:

    I’d choose the corvette as they say you get what you pay for

  4. Set says:

    The Vette if it’s going to be for track use. The LS engine has enough aftermarket parts that you can make the corvette as fast as you want. The Boss is already tuned pretty high, and trying to get it higher would be difficult and possibly ruin the reliability/drivability of the car.

    Plus, if it’s good enough for Matt Farah…

  5. ds440 says:

    Vette. I think the Corvette gives you more options and a better platform for tuning (if that ever becomes a desire). However, I’m also a tall guy, and I would find whatever fits you most comfortably as well.

  6. ryanstoy says:

    I have never driven either car, so my opinion is worth less than the proverbial two cents. Additionally, I am not particularly a fan of either the ‘Vette or the Mustang, but I think the Boss 302 is significantly cooler. And it has back seats.

  7. Scott Bishop says:

    Hmm… I have been having a similar debate but between a ’03-04 Z06, ’07 427r, ’11 GT… all of which can be had around $24-28K.

    I think my vote comes down to the Corvette; lighter weight, will end up being cheaper than Boss 302 so can easily spend a little extra for performance goodies, won’t beat you up on longer trips, no back seat that will really never be used anyway, and added bonus… insurance will probably cheaper too.

  8. danny says:

    Honestly, if you can save some dough by getting the vette, go for it. that saved money can purchase advance suspension set ups that you can calibrate on your track days and soften them up for the remainder of the 365 days. the weight being less, and a more advance suspension system will allow you to enter and exit corners at a overwhelming speed. lastly, the non limited vette would pull ahead if the tracks you attend have sufficient straight away sections.

  9. Austin Schutz says:

    I’m cheap, so I’d say the Vette. The Boss is awesome, but I think that for track-days you will have more fun in the Chevy, plus it is a bit more economical. Not to say that the Mustang isn’t great, but I think it’s a bit too much for what you’re getting.

  10. M3Hunter says:

    Both cars are great choices. I will go for a ’07 Corvette ZO6, and improve the tires and wheels similar to the Carbon or ZR1 Corvette editions. Improve the seats and shifter. And there you will have a great sport car that is hard to beat in the track. Enjoy!

  11. mahituna says:

    based solely on curb appeal, the vette. I currnetly have a 427 and anytime I drive it at least 1/2 dozen people approach me and let me know what a sharp car it is. On the road it turns heads. owned another c6 with almost same response