As you may have heard, Motor Trend recently threw the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 SRT Viper at each other. And while it was somewhat shocking to hear that the aging ZR1 actually managed to narrowly walk away as the winner of this particular scrap, something else interesting happened during the dust up. Motor Trend called on pro driver Randy Pobst to thrash the two bruisers around Laguna Seca, and thrash he did. Pobst managed to bolt out a time of 1:33.70 in the ZR1, besting the old record of 1:33.99 set by Chris Winkler some three years ago. Winkler managed the task in a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR.

Pobst managed to pull down a 1:35.77 in the SRT Viper, making it the sixth-fastest car M/T has ever put through its paces at Laguna Seca. Don't shed a tear for the terror from SRT, though – the 2013 Viper is still quicker than hardware like the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lexus LFA and Nissan GT-R.

Unsurprisingly, the record-breaking story has triggered defensive posturing from the SRT camp, with none other than brand boss Ralph Gilles leaving comments on his Twitter feed like "There is a lot more left in the car, Randy has always struggled with the Viper" and "We've tested both cars at several tracks and never seen a gap like that. Many drivers needlessly fear the Viper.

The ZR1 may have drawn first blood on its way out the door, but one thing is for sure – this is only the first skirmish in what looks to be a long and highly entertaining battle.


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      Burglar
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that two companies that were bankrupt only a few years ago have both put out world class performance cars is the real story here. Way to go, GM and Chrysler. Now we just need Ford to put their amazing mega-muscle car motor in a sports car chassis to complete the red, white, and blue invasion. This bickering is hilarious - people with the means are going to buy whatever tickles their jibblies the most.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given that Motor Trend is pretty anti Corvette biased, and the reviews that the Viper has gotten so far, I wasnt expecting that comparison to be pretty for the ZR1, when i flipped to the end and saw that the aging ZR1 managed to score a double nutshot on the new Viper and the ACRs lap record, i was really surprised. This comparison was not a forgone conclusion folks, and it is a true testament to the sledgehammer that is the C6 platform that it was able to pull this off.
      kcroc10077
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to both cars. I wonder what will happen when the C7 enters the scene? Should be interesting and hopefully GM finally specs an interior worthy of the price and performance. Ralph's statement makes me wonder what times his team got from both cars and if they'd admit the ZR1 was faster in their tests? Regardless both cars are very fast and punch well above their weight.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I see is two American supercars sharing the number 1 spot!! But I do like me some Viper Styling!
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Many drivers needlessly fear the Viper" Oh snap, them's fightin' words, Ralph!
      mike0002
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is very funny,guys for Vette and guys for Viper.do you know what is important?the 2 cars beat Européen cars on Européen track(Nurbergring).this track show who is the boss.hey guys be happy,you have the best 2 cars and for the best price.smiling electric cars coming.Michel
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely LOVE the new Viper and, just like any other Chrysler fan, I am a little disappointed. However, I know this will push the team at SRT to make the ACR a track-eating monster. I absolutely love the competition that is going on nowadays! Congratulations to you, GM. You've earned it. I'm very impressed!
      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm why didn't MT make a video ????
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty amazing performance from both cars considering them being ahead of the rest of the pack. So what kind of tires were they using? What was the air pressure? What were tire/brake temperatures? Were both cars given warm-up laps prior to the hot-lap? Great job by both of the cars though. Props to MT.
      mistabuck
      • 2 Years Ago
      The times of these two cars are well with the margin of error (Weather, driver, tires, luck, how full the fuel tank is, etc) so what does it matter? Even if it is outside the margin of error dodge will have minor upgrades in a year that will make it go faster, then chevy will make an upgrade, then dodge again, and so on. Who cares. Both fantastic cars.
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could see why Ralph felt the need to voice his opinion, it's embarrassing. But it is early and it's just one test, I have a hard time believing he'd have the new car fall to the old one's benchmarks. It also sounds like him and Randy Pobst have beef because that's pretty brazen to publicly call out his ability to drive. One other thing for those asking about the tires, the Pirellis aren't nearly as grippy as the PS2's even if their tread wear ratings are similar.
        BombSquad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BombSquad
        Sorry, I meant the Pilot Sport Cup tires. Same ones the old ACR rode on I believe.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the C7 go around the track, but it may be awhile before they launch a C7 ZR1.
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