Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2007 Dodge Viper Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2007 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Viper doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Corvette offers optional front and available rear seat tall, head-protecting side-impact airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The Viper doesn't offer side-impact airbags.

To prevent wheel spin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is standard on the Chevrolet Corvette. The Dodge Viper doesn’t offer traction control.

The Corvette has a standard Active Handling System, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The Active Handling System then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Viper doesn’t offer skid prevention. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Chevrolet Corvette has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Viper doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Corvette offers optional OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Viper doesn’t offer a GPS response system.

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

Warranty Comparison

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The Corvette comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Viper.

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 2 years and 64000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Viper. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Viper ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Viper’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Dodge Viper (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette

Viper

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127.1 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Viper (18 city/28 hwy vs. 12 city/20 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Corvette stops much shorter than the Viper:

Corvette

Viper

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

197 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Corvette offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Viper’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Viper doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the Viper (105.7 vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Viper.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Viper Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.4 MPH faster than the Viper Coupe (70.2 vs. 67.8 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Dodge Viper.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .286 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the Viper (.39 to .4). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by AutoWeek, the interior of the Corvette Z51 Coupe is quieter than the Viper Coupe:

Corvette

Viper

At idle

52 dB

64 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

85 dB

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Corvette Convertible is quieter than the Viper Roadster:

Corvette

Viper

At idle

57 dB

64 dB

Full-Throttle

86 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

75 dB

82 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Corvette has 4.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Viper (52.1 vs. 48).

The Corvette has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Viper.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Viper Coupe (22.4 vs. 6.25 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Viper Roadster (5.1 vs. 2.25 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Viper doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Viper doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Viper doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Viper’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Corvette has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Viper doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Corvette’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Viper’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Corvette has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Viper doesn't offer automatic headlights.

The Corvette’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Viper doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Corvette has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Viper doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Corvette’s outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Viper doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Corvette’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Viper doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Corvette’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Viper doesn’t offer heated seats.

The Corvette’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Viper doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Corvette’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Viper doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Corvette’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Viper doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Corvette offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Viper doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address in the USA with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Corvette. The Viper doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Viper doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $2568 to $3668 less than the Viper over a five year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Corvette will retain 56.16% to 59.23% of its original price after five years, while the Viper only retains 50.77% to 52.61%.

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