Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Dodge Viper Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

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The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Viper doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Viper doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Viper doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the Viper have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The F-Type comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Viper’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Viper’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Viper.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-Type have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Viper.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type SVR gets better fuel mileage than the Viper (15 city/23 hwy vs. 12 city/19 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Viper doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Viper (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Viper:

 

F-Type

Viper

Viper ACR

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

14.2 inches

The F-Type stops much shorter than the Viper:

 

F-Type

Viper

 

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

208 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

118 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Viper’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Viper, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The F-Type 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.

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Viper doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Viper (103.2 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Viper.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Viper’s (35 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Jaguar F-Type amounts to more than styling. The F-Type offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .35 to .36 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Viper (.369 to .544). A more efficient exterior helps the F-Type go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the F-Type get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the Viper GTS:

 

F-Type

Viper

At idle

47 dB

62 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

91 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Type has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 3.4 inches more front shoulder room than the Viper.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Viper doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Viper doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the F-Type, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Viper doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-Type’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel 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.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Viper can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Viper’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Viper doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Viper doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the F-Type offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Viper doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-Type also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

When the F-Type with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Viper’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Viper has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The F-Type offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Viper.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Viper doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s optional 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $2755 less than the Viper over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jaguar F-Type will be $7611 to $17873 less than for the Dodge Viper.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2013 issue and they ranked the Jaguar F-Type R Convertible eight places higher than the Dodge Viper SRT.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Viper has never been an “All Star.”

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Dodge Viper by almost seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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