Edmunds: The Chevrolet Corvette vs. the Porsche 911

This photo provided by Porsche shows the 2020 Porsche 911. Available in base Carrera and Carrera S variants, the 911 offers a variety of performance capabilities. It can even be had with all-wheel drive. But how does it fare against its bargain rival, the 2020 Chevy Corvette? (Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America via AP)

The Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 are closer competitors than they've ever been before. Both cars were redesigned for 2020, with big changes for the Corvette and small but effective evolutions for the 911.

The recent switch of the Corvette from a front-engine to a mid-engine layout brought significant improvements in handling and overall performance. Interior quality is higher, too. Are these changes enough to vault the Corvette past the Porsche 911, long the benchmark of an everyday sports car? Edmunds' experts compared them to find out.

PERFORMANCE

The eighth-generation Corvette, often referred to as the C8, is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Standard Corvettes are rated at 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the Z51 performance package bumps power up slightly to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft.