There are lots of ways to measure the performance of a car, but there's only one that is quintessentially American: the quarter mile. And while we've already seen a proper comparison test or two that puts the new (and also quintessentially American) SRT Viper on a racetrack, we've yet to see what it can do when put in the hands of a proper drag racer for an entire day of tire-burning performance testing. Now we do.

And so the $64,000 question is, How does it perform? Pretty well indeed, recording a best time of 11.1 seconds at 127.4 miles per hour, wearing street-legal drag radials with the boys from Drag Times behind the wheel. That run included 3.1 seconds for the big Viper to hit 60, and it took just 7.1 seconds to reach 100. Impressive performance, to be sure. But those figures need to be put in context for the full picture... in other words, how does its acceleration compare to such high-horsepower rivals as the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?

Well, without running all three of these muscle machines down the same track on the same day with the same driver, it's not going to be a fair comparison. Plus, the Corvette in particular has had several models years for drivers to keep plugging away for the best possible results. That said, the Viper's 11.1 seconds at 127.4 mph is well shy of Drag Times' best recorded (and verified) ZR1 time slip of 10.332 seconds at 132.74 mph, and there are a total of seven documented ZR1 runs quicker than the Viper's.

As for the GT500, the best recorded run on file at Drag Times is 11.570 seconds at 124.3 mph. So, it's not as quick as the Viper or ZR1, but we wouldn't really expect it to be. In any case, it's a fun comparison for bragging rights, but it's anything but scientific. In other words, take all this with a healthy spoonful of salt and stay tuned for more in this space from all three of the American automakers.

Check out a video from Drag Times below, and remember, reaction time doesn't matter in this scenario.


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      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      You guys say the Viper had "street-legal drag radials" but post comparisons from the Corvette and GT500...did these also have drag radials during their runs? If not, then the comparison is a wash. Even a minor mod like a swap to a drag radial tire has a HUGE impact on times for high horsepower, RWD vehicles such as these.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        The times for the other cars are on DRs. ZR1 street tire times record is 10.664 seconds.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          time record* BTW...I see the DR record at 10.26 seconds...better than what they said.
        JeremyABG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        Richard: Yes, the ZR1 was also wearing drag radials.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw one of these cars on the road today with M plates. Beautiful car! The exhaust sounds great too. I am guessing it will be a big hit!
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see the Viper return to the strip. I could never own a viper but they are a beauty to look at. As I was reading the article though I wish ford wouldn't have given up on the Shelby roadster concept or the GT 40 revival anyone of those two cars with the GT500 engine would be a BEAST at the strip and the track.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lovely car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        tehdef
        • 1 Year Ago
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_N%C3%BCrburgring_Nordschleife_lap_times Please read this and realize that the fastest production car on there is a Dodge Viper. Thanks!
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tehdef
          Over9000 - Just so you know 2nd place is the first to lose.
          graphikzking
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tehdef
          I'm curious what the Hennessey Venom can do on this type of track. We all realize the HP and weight ratio but the Nurburgring is a true measure of handling/balance/hp etc. Ok back on topic.. all those cars are bad ass. The Viper that has the lowest time is a ringer - but the other ACR's on there are still faster than any of the Germans or Japanese cars.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tehdef
          over9000- If its because of power then why did your 1001hp Bugatti run a slower time to a car that has over 300hp less?
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tehdef
          That's because it has power. Of course any high output hp cars will mean faster lap times because of the straights, dumbass.
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        Our road infrastructure in the United States is quite different than that of Europe...we have a bit more room to play :)
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        You have no idea what you are talking about. Do you?
      richard gear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whoever was driving, and an Chryler SRT guy because of the "M" plate, doesn't know how to drive. The car "bogs down" off the line, and the gear train snatch because it wasn't loaded off the line, will drop out of the car onto the track next run....geeez bunch of amateurs !
      vroooomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      can it turn?
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      It just looks to me like the ZR1 is still the quicker better all around car period. From the street to the track or strip. All you need is one model. Not a GTS or a TA or a ACR etc.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        Agreed. And we are talking about the outgoing model of ZR1. I see it as a fail for the Viper\'s redesign.
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        sixsix
        • 1 Year Ago
        After Bob Lutz left Chrysler that's true. His budget was cut and he went to GM to continue his war path. However, the fact remains you are comparing a sports car (corvette) to an exotic (Viper). Much like a Lamborghini driver doesn't (shouldn't care) if a Viper is faster, a Viper driver nowadays shouldn't care if the ZR1 is faster. The Viper is a panty dropper. Sure the ZR1 may drop panties...but it'll drop XXXL panties. :)
          Stomp and steer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sixsix
          That's funny......the vipers is an exotic car.....LMFAO! They're in the same class of cars. Nice excuse though.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sixsix
          If that\'s your criteria a Porsche will drop a whole lot more panties than either of those. Let\'s face it, muscle cars appeal to a mostly male audience. You\'ll be dropping boxer shorts more than anything else.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow look at that hood shutter during the burn out....Yikes
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Viper fanatic I'm pretty disappointed with this time. I expect this car to be capable of a lot more. All of Ralphie's fancy upgrades are worthless if the performance doesn't make a giant leap over previous generations.
        car czar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        How fast do you really want a sub 100k production car to be. I think Ralphie did the right thing Make it safer, smarter, a lil more powerful, and hell of allot more comfortable. As the sales cash rake in you will see limited more powerful special edition models.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put street legal drag radials on a stock 2013-14 GT500 and it will run high 10\'s all day with a good driver.
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