Since both cars were launched in the market, the Dodge Viper and the Corvette have conquered my heart. In an era in which the cars are pure electronics, turbos, and automation, these two sports remain true to their analog sources. Despite being more efficient than ever, still retain their engines of large displacement – of truth, not as that of the news broadcasts – and their gearboxes manuals. Motor Trend has faced face to face the best of the range Viper against the best of the Corvette range. You can’t miss it.
On the paper, and, after several measurements carried out, are cars made almost identical level of performance.
Corvette Z06 is the Corvette’s most powerful series ever made. Under the hood dwells a giant 6.2 liter V8 supercharged by compressor until the 650 HP of power. It is not surprising that to be able to do the 0 to 96 km/h in 3,3 seconds, and that is tremendously effective in circuit. Its tuning is radical and it has all the advances developed by General Motors in the field prestacional. Suspension tuning constant magnetic, multiple driving modes, and a multitude of settings for traction control and stability.
For its part, the Dodge Viper is an animal quite different. Although its power output of 640 HP is almost identical to that of the Corvette, the extracts of the increased maximum torque of the engine that mounts a tourism production. A gigantic V10 8.4-liter, unable to turn over 6,000 rpm, but with a kick that is not of this world. version ACR (American Club Racing), the set point is directly focused to the circuit. Brakes high performance suspension Bilstein adjustable… and a aero kit scandal.
The Corvette most powerful ever created in front of the Dodge Viper, the more radical and focused on the circuits ever created. A comparison that begins by setting lap times on the Laguna Seca circuit. The measuring rod, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS to which both “irons” yankees annihilate in terms of lap times. The tester acknowledges that the Viper is far superior in circuit, with a grip that is monumental and an ease of riding that the Corvette is not matched. 3 seconds difference per lap so certify.
the sound of The V8 of the Corvette is simply mind-blowing, underscored by the brutal moan of your compressor.
On the highway, the Corvette is superior. It is more comfortable, your riding position is more ergonomic, and in general is much more refined. The Viper feels like a race car out of place, it has its charm, but it is not in your field favorite. The winner of the comparison is the Dodge Viper ACR, for their effectiveness in dynamic and almost perfect balance level prestacional. Testers agree that the Corvette has too much power and its dynamics could be improved with something more. “It feels unfinished”, says the pilot.
None of the Corvette Z06 press Motor Trend has had a level prestacional consistent, while the Viper has been certified with an iron fist his victory. And even so, the Viper could soon disappear.