Commute, Toy or Destroy – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo

Commute, Toy or Destroy – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo

We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.

Once again, we present to you, our loyal, dedicated (and incredibly good looking) readers, a choice of three vehicles. We are asking you to decide which one you would make your daily driver, which one would be used to run circles around the competition at local track days, and which one should be stuffed into the outside wall at the Nürburgring karussell… on purpose!

Remember, that commuter car you must live with every day, all year round. The toy would be only available to you for occasional use on weekends or race meets, and the final car would be the one you’d hope your competition would show up in at the track.

This week we select three performance monsters from three different continents. First, from North America is the Corvette ZR1; the car that proved the ‘Vette can hang with anybody. Next, from Asia is a technological wizard, the Nissan GT-R; a true bang-for-the-buck master. Finally, representing Europe is the icon of icons amongst sports cars, the Porsche 911 Turbo. So what are your choices going to be?

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


The Corvette has always been a performance bargain, taking on the best from the world for a fraction of the price. But in 2009 Chevrolet created the ultimate Corvette, the ZR1. With a supercharged 6.2L, 638 hp engine and adjustable magnetic suspension, the 3333 lb. Corvette was finally at the performance level of many European exotics.

Nissan GT-R


Nicknamed Godzilla by its fans, the GT-R is a no compromises performance machine. Featuring a 545 hp 3.8 L turbocharged V6, torque vectoring all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, this Nissan is built with all the right performance bits. But the real secret to the GT-R’s success is the software that controls all of this impressive hardware to produce blindingly quick lap times.

Porsche 911 Turbo


Ever since the 930, Porsche has been adding boost to its flat-6 engine enhancing the already impressive performance of this rear-engine legend. Now cranking 520 hp out of the 3.8L Flat-6, the all-wheel drive 911 still forces all other sports car to consistently raise their game. New for 2014 it now boasts a 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.

  • Mike Schlee

    I think I would commute in the 911 Turbo and Toy the Corvette ZR1. Does this mean I would have to destroy the GT-R? This doesn’t sound right…

  • John

    Hmmm nice choices, all of them! Since you have put and can only put the 2013 ZR-1 and not a 2014 ZR-1 or even a ZO6, I will have to go with the GT-R and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Both have quality and performanace levels that exceed, in some areas, the ZR-1’s, though the Corvette does have the great track appeal. Have you ever pushed on the rear Valance, just above the tail lights of the ZR-1???? Quality is just not thier in 2013 if we are comparing all three. Besides, the GT-R and Porsche are great in snow compared to the Vette. Destroy the Vette!!!!

    John Q

  • Richard Joash Tan


  • CA_Refugee

    Wow, very tough decisions here.

    Commute = 911 Turbo
    Toy = GT-R
    Destroy = ZR-1 (But, it would have to go out in a large and fiery crash on a great track, say Laguna Seca for starters.)

  • Richard Joash Tan


  • smartacus

    Recycle the ZR1 for its scrap weight in plastic, commute with the Cayman, and enjoy the 370z on weekends:)

    …911 Turbo and GT-R are good too :)

  • Colum Wood

    Commute: Porsche 911 Turbo. Easily the best daily driver of the bunch.
    Toy: Nissan GT-R. This was a tough choice as the GT-R looks WAY cooler driving around the street, but the suspension is just so stiff I’d regret it as a daily driver in 5 minutes.
    Destroy: Corvette

  • Richard Joash Tan


  • Blue Angel

    The ZR1 is the fastest track car of the three (educate yourself if you think otherwise) and also requires the most skill to drive, so that’s the default track car/toy.

    If money is no object the 911 would be the cooler DD. Though I wouldn’t crash the GTR…

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    Dang, @mikeschlee:disqus this is a tough one. In terms of track performance, the ZR1 and the GT-R have had a long-standing feud trying to one-up each other on the world-famous Nurburgring. Last I checked the ZR1 is leading the GT-R, but I imagine netting that time on the ‘Ring with the Corvette might be a tough task, even for Captain America himself, even though they didn’t have Corvettes when he went and fought in the war.

    On the other hand, the 911 Turbo could be a pretty solid track-toy, but it’s rear-engine design, and my lack of experience with such cars scares me away from choosing that as the track- toy.

    It’s still a solid choice for me as my DD. The latest changes to the 991 chassis seem much more comfortable for day-to-day driving, making this one a no-brainer for commuting. Also, with a static spoiler, you don’t need to leave the automatic spoiler in the regular 911 up all the time. Which is awesome. It’s like “Fifty Shades of Grey” but road legal! Also, I’d love to own a Porsche, just so I can correct someone’s pronunciation of the carmakers name, even if I’m in the wrong.

    But back to the Track/Toy car… it’s hard to say. The C6 ZR1 is going to be out dated very soon with the new C7 Corvette on its way this year. While a high-performance C7 ZR1 might be aways out… It might end up being something completely crazy, like the equivalent of putting a three-wolf-moon shirt on the car. It’d probably be the best car ever made, and if it wasn’t driven in an extreme way, it’d probably self-destruct.

    Also, outside of the US, the Corvette has limited respect, something like a rednecks sportscar. So… trash that.

    After little debate, I think the GT-R is the track toy for me. If it’s clever enough to turn gamers into legit race-car drivers, maybe it’ll be enough for me too.

    Plus, very few can take a direct hit from Godzilla’s red spiral atomic breath, an attack which instantly killed most enemies in only one shot (except Destoroyah, and I don’t think there’s a car version of that monster yet.We are still talking about cars…right?)

  • Richard Joash Tan


  • Chris A.

    Commute: ZR-1. Reliable, low TCO, better than average ride quality for an exotic.
    Toy: GT-R. Mind-bending performance, technical sophistication, and race-ready, right from the factory.
    Destroy: Can’t believe I’d say this, but the 911 Turbo, being a German exotic is going to be the least reliable and most expensive to maintain. Put another way, I’d be willing to dance with her, but she wouldn’t make for a great long-term marriage. Just too needy.

  • Sebastian Rodriguez Camargo

    Toy = All, nothing more.

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