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from a friend of mine who is a huge srt fan....
Just saw the most recent Car & Driver mag at the grocery store tonight - the feature article was a head to head test of the Viper vs the ZR1... CD's test results were similar to Motor Trends which Ralph Gilles was grousing about a few weeks ago.
Car & Driver also tested the cars.at Laguna Seca... the ZR-1 lapped 2 seconds quicker than the Viper... which is a huge disparity in performance, and consistent with the times that Motor Trend saw there.
Also, the Vette slalomed faster, and could pull higher lateral Gs than the Viper.
The only edge the Viper has is at the 1/4 mile - where it nipped the Vette by 1/10th. You'd think with a brutish V-10 it would dominate in the straight line. However, trap speed for the Viper was a couple mph lower showing that it's running out of steam in a race against a Vette. In fact, the Vette was 2 seconds quicker in 0-150 mph acceleration than the Viper. In 1/2 mile or longer drag races, the Vette will win.
Yet the Viper is $10,000 more expensive than the Vette. Very disappointing. I was expecting a world-beater, but it can't even beat it's domestic competition. The Viper is a beautiful car, but can't hang with the Corvette.
Like I said - SRT needs to step up or drop the moniker...
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