Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2001 Dodge Viper VS 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2001 Dodge Viper

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

Both the Viper and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger side airbags, plastic fuel tanks and four wheel antilock brakes.

Engine Comparison

The Viper has more powerful engines than the Corvette:

Horsepower

Torque

Viper 8.0 V10

450 HP

490 lbs.-ft.

Viper ACR Coupe 8.0 V10

460 HP

500 lbs.-ft.

Corvette automatic 5.7 V8

350 HP

360 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6 speed 5.7 V8

350 HP

375 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 Hardtop 5.7 V8

385 HP

385 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Viper 8.0 is faster than the Corvette automatic (manual transmissions tested):

Viper

Corvette

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

11.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114 MPH

107 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Viper’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Corvette:

Horsepower

Torque

Viper 8.0 V10

5200 RPM

3700 RPM

Viper ACR Coupe 8.0 V10

5200 RPM

3600 RPM

Corvette automatic 5.7 V8

5600 RPM

4400 RPM

Corvette 6 speed 5.7 V8

5600 RPM

4400 RPM

Corvette Z06 Hardtop 5.7 V8

6000 RPM

4800 RPM

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Viper’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corvette:

Viper

Corvette

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Viper’s brakes have 33% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Corvette (558.4 vs. 421 square inches), so the Viper has more braking power available.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Viper has larger tires than the Corvette (F:275/35R18 & R:335/30R18 vs. F:245/45R17 & R:275/40R18). The Viper’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corvette (F:275/35R18 & R:335/30R18 vs. F:265/40R17 & R:295/35R18).

The Viper’s 275/35R18 front and 335/30R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corvette’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Viper’s tires are lower profile than the Corvette Z06’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Viper has standard 18 inch wheels. Only 17 inch front wheels are available on the Corvette.

The Dodge Viper’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet Corvette only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Viper uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Viper GTS Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Corvette Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Viper GTS Coupe goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 7.4 MPH faster than the Corvette Coupe (73.6 vs. 66.2 MPH).

The Viper RT/10 Roadster goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2 MPH faster than the Corvette Convertible (68.5 vs. 66.5 MPH).

The Viper GTS Coupe performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 6.7 MPH faster than the Corvette Coupe (70.8 vs. 64.1 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Viper Coupe is 3 inches shorter than the Corvette, making the Viper easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Viper Roadster is 3.5 inches shorter than the Corvette.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Viper has standard flush composite headlights. The Corvette has pop-up headlights which spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag when raised.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Viper GTS Coupe is quieter than the Corvette Convertible:

Viper

Corvette

At idle

62 dB

63 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

85 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Coasting

72 dB

76 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The Viper’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Corvette’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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