Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, How does an Allante compare to a C5 Corvette? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I currently own a '99 C5 vette (coupe) with the 6-speed manual trans. Overall I love the car but am ...
I currently own a '99 C5 vette (coupe) with the 6-speed manual trans. Overall I love the car but am considering selling because I have a bad back which is making it difficult for me to drive a manual shift car. My vette does have the Z51 sport suspension, which is not overly harsh, but if I sell the vette I'd probably opt for something that had a little softer ride.
So how does the Allante compare to the C5 vette?
What would I regrete selling the vette for an Allante?
What would I really appreciate in the Allante over the vette?
Will I be disapointed by the Allante? Should I just look at getting a C5 with an auto and base suspension?
The Corvette is a general production car and has all the benefits of being a production car - service, parts, etc.
The Allante was a top-end unique car and it has unique problems. Depending on the year/model Allante you are looking at you will have problems finding service, finding parts, fixinig the finicky problems that came with the car.
The 93 Allante was probably the best performer with the 32V Northstar but it still won't touch the Corvette for handling and performance.
My suggestion is that if you are looking for a performance sedan that you look at the CTS/CTS-V (depending on your budget).
I love my Allante but it does have its quirks and you can't always just pull into a Cadillac dealer and ask him to fix it. To me the 2 cars are apples and oranges.
C5 - balls out push rod 350 performance, instant classic no matter what year you own (some more valuable than others, but all retain above used car market value just because it's a 'Vette), has a purebred glorious herritage, and it's a true roadster as any hot blooded car guy would define it (rear drive, 2 seater, tight handling, light weight, and glue your ass to your seat fast)...... not to mention, it's still America's only true sports car.
Allante - High tech (for the 1980's) attempt by Cadillac to get buyers from Mercedes. The body is designed by Pinninfarina, who does alot of work with Ferrari, which was a good PR stunt by Cadillac. But, well, for what it is, it's a nice car. But that's as far as it goes. It's front drive which means torque steer and heavy front end (i.e. nose dive). It's not anywhere near as fast as your 'Vette, and you can forget taking it to the track or trying some slalom moves...... while your C5 was born and bred for that, an Allante would be screeching it's tires and begging for mercy if you were to try and turn it hard.
Bottom line, if you just want a 2 seater to hit the freeway at 80 and hit the cruise control, an Allante isn't a bad choice. But that's about as far as it goes. Parts supply and service will certainly be a bigger headache that it would be for a Corvette, especially such a new model.
FSU_Noles and fastball are both right on the money. These aren't similar vehicles other than the fact that they are two seaters. I love my Allante ('93 with the northstar) and it has plenty of scoot but it's no Corvette from a handling standpoint - and that's perfectly OK. It is a very comfortable high speed open touring car but it is not a car I'd ever take to a slalom or track event. The only way to tell if you are going to like the Allante is to drive one. You might enjoy the ride but you'll need to leave any Corvette expetations at home.
Any chance you are the same guy who just got his ass flamed off for asking for a comparison between the vette and the fiero on the vette boards? Question sounds familiar.
The Allante is a great car. Wet sleeve engines are a pain sometimes, but fortunately us Fiero nuts have been stuffing V8's, Quad 4's, and 3800supercharged Buicks onto that trans for a while. The cadillac transmissions are the same pattern, and they have a lot higher torque rating than the gimpy fiero trans. You'd love a 3800 SC in that car. Would totally smoke the 4.5. If you get one with a N*, just keep the N*.
not to mention, it's still America's only true sports car.
You can thank GM for that. Every time a GM car challenges the vette, it gets neutered or killed outright. Trans AM GTA, 90 proto fiero, and even Chevy's own camaro have all be detuned/ killed to keep the vette on top.