It's easy to play the "Would you rather have a New X or an Old Y with a bunch of upgrades?" game more often than we care to admit, but the crew at Car and Driver have taken bench racing to the next level with their latest video. In it, the magazine pits a brand-new 2014 SRT Viper against a highly modified 1997 Dodge Viper GTS. There are 16 years between the time this particular GTS rolled off the production line and when the new car bowed, but that doesn't mean the old snake's owners have been sitting on their hands.

Thanks to a spate of modifications, the GTS offers up a better power to weight ratio than the new machine, but is that enough to overcome the technological leap forward represented by the 2014 Viper? We won't spoil it for you. You'll just have to check out the full clip below for yourself.



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      rbennos
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the 97 better...the original Viper design came to frution by a sketch on a napkin..it was one man\'s unadulterated vision becoming reality...it was art....nowadays in America you get a collection of designers who cluster their ideas and create these mongrel vehicles touted to have bigger better \"new age styling\" but cannot achieve the same level of aesthetic purity like the old car had...sigh
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rbennos
        they said the same about the new Viper's 1st gen when it 1st came out............This current one will be a classic also
      B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing how good the old Viper still looks.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting comparison video. But a lot of it was obvious. Of course the newer car are more refined. But back then, you did not purchase a Viper for civility. You got it because it was just plain brutal. Violent. Out of control. And most likely, if you got pulled over in one of those, your chances of getting a ticket were slim to none. The Viper was an overall statement. American muscle. Who doesn't like that?
      JonathanBond
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the old viper better. Seems more natural on the track.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see the new one in blue with racing stripes. That yellow / orange color is awful.
        skip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        http://www.netcarshow.com/dodge/2013-srt_viper_gts_launch_edition/800x600/wallpaper_04.htm there's a whole gallery, and personally I think it looks great
        phreshoneTX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Yeah, not a fair comparison, it's difficult for yellow to compete with the classic blue w/ white stripes. and a perfect blue at that.
      Brett
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can a video about two Vipers be so boring?
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet... The original GTS still looks stunning, and is the better looking of the two IMO.
      mayonayzejr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 97 is still beautiful. The oldest Viper even more so; even with its clunky 3 spoke wagon wheels. And the allure of those old Vipers was the brutal simplicity of all of that power with no electronic nanny aids. I will still own one someday.
        mayonayzejr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mayonayzejr
        Still wouldn't throw the new one out of bed for eating crackers
      TracerBullitt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great vid. Love Dodge, love Viper, however, I wish they managed to capture the character in the GTS' facia for the '14 Viper. The fog lights in the racing version help this issue, but I just can't help the ..."eh" feeling I get when I look at the front of the car. I doubt it'll stand the test of time, the way the '97(!) version has. I hope Gilles and co. address this in the next update.
        ThomasP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TracerBullitt
        What, specifically, do you feel the new one is missing?
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome video. I like the look of the new Viper, but seeing it next to the old one, I definitely like the old one more. Plus, I love the turn key and analog gauges. At least they still left the V10 in there. There aren't too many engines left with more than 8 cylinders (or more than 6 for that matter *shudders*).
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Easiest decision ever. I'll take the '97 and ship it to Heffner.
      JM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure that in a '13 Viper VS the all time great '10 Viper SRT ACR match. The '10 ACR will eat the new '13 Viper like nothing. Is very easy to see this, if you notice in some magazines, that the last Corvette model ZR1, hit with a Knock Out the new Viper, the Viper could not even compete against the ZR1. Also you can notice that the new Viper does not have any lap time posted at Nurburgring. And the '10 Viper ACR is the fastest production car in that track VS more expensive exotics that where tested including the Corvette ZR1. The new Viper is more toward luxury than performance, they lost the old magic from the prior '10 Viper ACR that was outstanding. Let see if the next Viper ACR is able to take the new Corvette ZR1.
        ThomasP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JM
        Comparing this viper to the ACR is liek Comparing the base Corvette to the ZR-1. ACR was basically a sub-model. Yes you're right, this is no ACR. That's because this isn't the ACR model. This is the GTS.
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