Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Dodge Viper VS 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Dodge Viper

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

Both the Viper and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Engine Comparison

The Viper’s 8.4 V10 produces 190 more horsepower (645 vs. 455) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (600 vs. 460) than the Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8. The Viper’s 8.4 V10 produces 185 more horsepower (645 vs. 460) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (600 vs. 465) than the Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8.

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

Viper

Corvette V8

Corvette Z06

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.7 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.2 sec

4 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.6 sec

9.2 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.5 sec

11.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

126 MPH

116 MPH

125 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Viper

Corvette

Front Rotors

14 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

13.3 inches

The Viper stops much shorter than the Corvette:

Viper

Corvette

70 to 0 MPH

146 feet

149 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

93 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Viper has larger tires than the Corvette (F:295/30R18 & R:355/30R19 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19). The Viper’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corvette (F:295/30R18 & R:355/30R19 vs. F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20).

The Viper’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corvette’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires. The Viper ACR’s 295/25R19 front tires have a lower 25 series profile than the Corvette Z06’s 30 series front 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.

The Viper TA handles at 1.10 G’s, while the Corvette Stingray Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Viper TA executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Corvette Stingray Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .95 average G’s vs. 23.9 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Viper GTS is quieter than the Corvette Z06 Coupe (91 vs. 93 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Viper’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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