cough ACR coughJRS200x said:The new C7 is a performance monster, Ralph better have his team hard at work, because I am guessing the Z06 and ZR1 when they show up will obliterate the current Viper.
That being said, i would still prefer the Viper, it is just the more special car. Plus it is infinitely better looking.
it doesnt need any better tires or suspension, The TA proved that at Laguna. Sometimes having to much power can slow your times down during certain Testing compared to Lesser HP cars. i honestly think they should had debuted the viper a entry level "R/T" or "GT" with only 500hp.JRS200x said:The Viper does need help. It is a great car, but it simply cannot compete with the Vette right now. The Vette has a much better suspension, better brakes and uses better tires. SRT needs to get away from Pirelli, they just cannot match up to Michelin right now. I guess we will see what this new tire Pirelli is developing will do but right now, it is being outclassed.
Also, while i understand the ACR is coming, you cannot really compare it to a Z06 or ZR1, it has an entirely different mission. The Z06/ZR1 are higher performance, but don't sacrifice comfort really to do it, unlike the ACR that is uncomfortable as hell.
Ferarri uses the Vette suspension, maybe SRT needs to as well
The problem is, the Corvette does everything the "beast" Viper does as quickly, less abrubtly, and for less money.Curtis Redgap said:A typical auto writers desire to set out to compare an apple to an orange. Viper is what it is. A hammer. A big hammer. A slam bang sledge hammer meant to smack down anvils. It is not meant to be a high volume vehicle, and the prices reflect that level of market penetration. No way to have to make apologies for it being a monster. Godzilla is ......well Godzilla. Only now it is just dressed up better in a Viper suit. Perhaps in the hands of a more experienced, skilled driver (s) Viper would have been let loose to fully appreciate all its capabilities. The skill level of these individuals is unknown, except for their claim to fame as an "automotive writer." I came away after reading the article with the distinct impression that the "Viperzilla" scared the "wee" out of them on the track. The Corvette........well it is a Chevrolet, and has some 50 years of so called "development" to accomplish something, among which are sales. Speaks more to volume than specialness. Buy a Viper, you are situated directly in the belly of the beast, which should make you reconsider using it to go to church meetings on Wednesdays. Whereby half the congregation would start rumors about you, while most of the ladies would want a long ride home. Discreetly, of course. Buy a Corvette, and the girl next door can get one built with more gizmos than yours, probably get better financing terms, with a lower price, and even run it out quicker while hauling Aunt Tulula to the local tavern for ladies social night.
It does need better tires and suspension. The test they do to get the cornering G and the slalom tests have very little to do with power nor does power really affect the tests, and the Viper was beaten in both. That comes down to suspension and tires. The suspension on teh Z51 package is INCREDIBLE. I am not a Vette fan but give credit where credit is due, plus Michelin Super Sports are simply better tires and much grippier. Remember, the Vette is posting these numbers with MUCH SMALLER tires.it doesnt need any better tires or suspension, The TA proved that at Laguna. Sometimes having to much power can slow your times down during certain Testing compared to Lesser HP cars. i honestly think they should had debuted the viper a entry level "R/T" or "GT" with only 500hp.
AJRS200x said:Again, I would still own the Viper, but it does need some tweaking.
Plus, ride quality wise, the Vette is light years ahead, the Viper is rough (which is why people love it), but it does get tiresome. It really isn't much a DD, I have 2 friends, a coworker and MANY customers who own Vipers, none use it as a DD, and all admit they wouldn't, it just isn't comfortable.
Power has almost nothing to do with how fast you can do the slalom or how many lateral G's you can pull on a skid pad.69DartGTS said:it doesnt need any better tires or suspension, The TA proved that at Laguna. Sometimes having to much power can slow your times down during certain Testing compared to Lesser HP cars. i honestly think they should had debuted the viper a entry level "R/T" or "GT" with only 500hp.