Chevy Corvette Vs BMW Z4

Known as an American icon, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette just keeps getting better as the years go by. Aficionados in St. Petersburg appreciate its high performance capability, stellar features, and sleek looks. At Cox Chevrolet, located at 2900 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL, new and loyal clients prefer the wide range of vehicles available at our showroom because variety equals satisfaction when it comes to your automotive investment. The 2012 Corvette is celebrating 60 years of excellence, which is why it matches up well against rivals, like the 2012 model BMW Z4 coupe.


The most glaring difference between the BMW and Chevy roadsters are the engines. The Corvette brags a 6.2L V8 that uses electronic fuel injection to chug out 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The Z4 has a much smaller 2.0L that relies on direct injection to deliver 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. With over 200 more hp available for the Chevy Coupe, it’s easy to imagine who’d win in a heat.


The engine on the Corvette has a standard feature that distinguishes it from almost all of its rivals. To avoid being stranded if the motor unexpectedly loses coolant, engineers included a “limp home system.” To protect the powerplant from serious damage, the vehicle will automatically shift to using only half of the cylinders. This will drop the power available and activate an engine so motorists can get to the nearest service station. Such a setup up isn’t available for the BMW.

Important Considerations

This Corvette coupe has garnered impressive awards over the years, and it’s been named a “Top Ten” pick by Car and Driver 10 times over the last 14 years. It’s also received a coveted recommendation from Consumer Reports. The BMW has no recognition from these industry-trusted sources. And let’s not forget that drivers can also opt for a convertible Corvette, whereas the Z4 only comes as a 2-door.

If you haven’t had the chance to test drive a 2012 Corvette, don’t you think it’s time to drive over from St. Petersburg to Cox Chevrolet? Car sales and service has been a passion of the Cox family since the early 1900’s. Visit us today and find out what Chevy quality is all about.