Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Dodge Viper VS 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2005 Dodge Viper

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

Both the Viper and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners and four wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Viper 4 years and 34000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Corvette. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 7 years and 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Corvette ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Viper is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures, which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Viper’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Corvette’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The Viper’s 8.3 V10 produces 100 more horsepower (500 vs. 400) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (525 vs. 400) than the Corvette’s 6.0 LS2 V8.

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

Viper

Corvette

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.7 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.5 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

121 MPH

113 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Viper

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Front Rotors

14 inches

12.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

12 inches

13 inches

The Viper stops much shorter than the Corvette:

Viper

Corvette

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

97 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Viper has larger tires than the Corvette (F:275/35R18 & R:345/30R19 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19).

The Viper’s 275/35R18 front and 345/30R19 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 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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 transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Viper has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Corvette Convertible with its top up (7 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

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