• Aug 27, 2008
We're not terribly surprised that the Dodge Viper ACR has apparently made it around the famed German racing circuit faster than pretty much anything else you'll find on a dealer's lot. After all, the ACR is a race car, as evidenced by the video that Motor Trend has posted. The most venomous Viper has done the deed in 7:22, fast enough to make grown men cry. To this blogger, the Viper is dead gorgeous, even with that yucky-but-functional rear wing on the ACR, and it definitely carries the spirit of hairy-chested cars of yore. The shifter wobbles around horrendously when the driver kisses the rev limiter a few times, and there even appears to be a flubbed shift near the end, so the ACR may have faster laps left in it. We're waiting on confirmation on whether or not this is an official lap, but it's certainly creating a stir, and the Viper wants to know, V-Spec who? Thanks for the tip, Rob.

[Source: Viper Alley]



Thanks for the tip, Rob!

video of run at MotorTrend


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Please don't turn this thread into a GT-R vs Viper vs Corvette battle. They all kick ass, end of story.

      k thnks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you dac... besides, there's not really much to be said. Direct comparisons are not warranted, and by the numbers the Viper wins. I think anyone who was hoping for a different outcome was a lil' bit delusional.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, that is what this is about, otherwise, why track test them at all?
        • 6 Years Ago
        i would love to see this vs the gumpert though. put 'em both on the ring at the same time for added sport.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and also, this is another instance where the people who could actually afford these machines do not cross-shop them..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Waah waah, it's more expensive, boohoo. Oh wait, isn't that what the Z06 guys said about every car that was faster? Looks like there's a new Ring King, the Dodge Viper, congrats Chrysler!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing that really amazes me is when gas prices just started going up, car nuts (like me) were worried all the high performance cars would disappear and it would look like the late 70's/early 80's again.

      Yet, here we are with almost $4 a gallon gas and the performance bar just keeps going higher. Even with gas prices as high as they are I still feel it's a pretty good time to be a car nut.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thank globalization

        just because the market in our countries isn't in a situation to buy all these cars, doesn't mean that there aren't other markets willing to buy them like hotcakes.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree if the ZR1 had the same tires it could do better but I think with more time the ACR would still be faster. Chevy spent a long time at that track optimizing the ZR1 for it, suspension, gearing, etc. These guys spend a half day and made 4 laps in the ACR, its got a lot left in it. That said the ZR1 would be more comfortable, radio, A/C, better ride....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car is mighty impressive, and as quite a few others said, I was expecting it to beat the GT-R and the ZR1. But that driver, mediocre.
      mdesigner
      • 6 Years Ago
      The numbers don't lie.

      That is one PHENOMENAL piece of machinery.

      I agree with Michael...there is no denying where the credit is due.

      Period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      just watched it... the video definitely looks sped up to me.

      harder to tell from the car - easier with the driver. human beings are good at spotting unnatural human movement. "uncanny valley" as well call it.

      if you watch the driver for a while you'll get the feeling something is wrong.

      try checking 1:14 left in the video. he misshifts so he shifts again. something funny with the speed his arm/hand goes back and forth between the shifter. and he's not only going back and forth quickly which is probably possible, but he's bending/unbending his elbow with the movement which makes it look "weird".

      hard to explain - just watch it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you believe it isn't sped up simply watch the segment I referenced.

        I'm surprised only one other person noticed on the first page. Regardless though, this video is big enough that eventually someone will notice and make a lot of noise about it.

        What I don't understand is why it is sped up enough to notice in the first place. It looks at least 10% faster. I certainly believe the ACR should be easily capable of a 7:40 at a bare minimum.

        Speed "7:40" up 10% and we're looking at a time below 7 minutes. So for whatever reason this car must've taken over 8 minutes to complete the lap (even though it's easily capable of less) and the video was then sped up significantly. Why why why?

        Harder to find concrete proof though. I also suspect if we were to check the pitch of the engine sound at redline we'd find it is higher than what it should be. The gravitational constant doesn't scale when sped up either. So it should look weird, like the car is literally glued or being pulled to the ground. This can sort of be seen when he hits a big hump somewhere closer to the beginning.

        Anyone else out there think this looks sped up?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't be a tard. It's not sped up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just watched the vid. The car is way more stable than the ZR1 and a fair bit more than the GTR. Lots of downforce will do that. A taller 2nd and 3rd gear would help out.... keep the driver from having to ride the rev limiter in a few sections. Sounded like he scrapped the front splitter a few times! Missed a couple shifts too...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now standard for the 2010 Viper ACR.... Shift light


      I know, I know, it's faster to bounce the limiter than to shift twice going into the corners, but why leave it in 4th on the last straight? Is 5th too overdriven in the ACR to gain any more speed?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Viper ACR > Zr1 > Gt-r

      To say that the Viper has a vicious bite , will be my understatement of the year.

      no blower on this baby either. (double front bicep flex)
      • 6 Years Ago
      No surprise there. Steamrollers for tires, wings that would fit a small airplane, an engine that can power a semi, and not much else... yeah, it goes pretty fast!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Long Live Viper! Don't kill it Chrysler! It's the only car you have worth owning at the moment. OK, maybe a couple of your jeeps,...
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