'Vette vs. Viper: How Will They Stack Up?
When Dodge's Viper was originally introduced in the early 90's, it was naturally aimed as competition to the already-proven Chevrolet Corvette (although, the Viper does sit more upmarket in price and performance from the base Corvette). From then on, the battle between the yin and yang of American performance has never revealed a clear-cut winner on the issue. Comparable in general areas such as price, performance, efficiency and looks, each their own prevailed in specific areas, but neither outperforming or outstanding over the other. Now though, with the auto industry gap between different and indifferent merging closer than ever before, the 2013 SRT Viper and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have become almost but one in the same in many areas of looks, price and eventually performance. Both of which, carry a highly revised fascia from previous generations with a large, gaping grille, both of which present a set of smoother, more sophisticated LED's and both sculpted of a similar shape and structure (although, one clearly sharper than the other). So in the looks department, it's sort of a wash.
But what about performance? Well, from what we can see (below) the SRT V10 is more upscale and almost 200-hp more powerful than the current V8 found on the Stingray, although, not making it necessarily any better.
These numbers though, do not account for the upcoming Corvette ZR1, which is said to rival (or outperform) the Viper in power through the use of a V8 closer to the 700-hp mark. As for price, when the ZR1 is revealed, the Viper and 'Vette should be almost one in the same. As of now, neither of which have proven themselves as one more supreme over the other. In the looks department, relatively similar, and according to all of you, the reveal of the new Stingray has yet to sway you away from a longstanding Viper fan-base. But Viper or 'Vette? We can't say for sure. But we will say this, someone better take those two sexy machines to a track and let them loose. Andale!