Alright, there's no way the 455-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Stingray beat the 640-hp SRT Viper, you say. Well, you're partially right. Edmunds ran them down a quarter-mile drag strip and the Viper did it in 11.72 seconds at 124.09 miles per hour to the Stingray's 12.39 seconds at 113.73 mph. The Viper did 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds compared to the the Corvette's 4.1-second run. But the Chevrolet definitely pulled above its weight, and we see once again that horsepower doesn't mean everything after it beats the Viper in the other three tests.

The Corvette and Viper have long been arch nemeses, and SRT head Ralph Gilles had the Viper TA built after the Corvette ZR1 handily beat it by two seconds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this year.

But no matter the test, if it isn't in a straight line, Edmunds shows that the new base Corvette can outdo the Viper with much less horsepower. On the skidpad with narrower tires, the Stingray pulled 1.05 g compared to the Viper's 1.01 g. The Viper's horsepower advantage couldn't overcome the Corvette's predictable handling in the slalom test, where the V10-powered SRT maxed out at 72 mph to the Corvette's 73.5 mph. Edmunds' Chris Walton describes the Corvette's brakes as out of this world, able to stop it from 60 mph in 99 feet. The Viper does that in 110 ft.

The never-ending Viper vs. Corvette showdown continues, and it seems Chevy's newest sports car has the fundamentals down pat - just add power. Edmunds didn't pick an overall winner - we think a track test will solve that. But the video we included below is an early glimpse into the new Corvette's performance potential, and so far we like the look of it.


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      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im a dodge guy through and through......but it really sounds like chevy is building a world class car not just a hammer like the viper! Im bummed
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      The performance:price ratio of the new "base" Corvette with Z51 package is absolutely incredible.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Viper did edge the Corvette on the track. It beat the Vette by 0.7 secs per lap. Considering this is the base model Corvette (although with the pricey suspension) this is a moral victory for the Vette. Any improved Vette (Z06, etc.) seems like it will probably edge the Viper.
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        It isn't pricey at all. The Z51 package costs $2800, which makes it a complete bargain for what it includes.
        bookemd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Numbers only tell part of the story. I guarantee and average joe would be faster on the track with the Corvette than the Viper due too it's predictability. The Viper wants to kill you.
          little b
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          yea and thats why the viper is BAD ASS
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't wait to see the special edition Vettes. The Viper doesn't stand a chance.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 1 Year Ago
      This just shows the Z06 and ZR1 will destroy the Viper .
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      In that pic at the top I thought I was looking at the same car for a sec.
      Andrew Ramos
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a Corvette guy if you couldn't tell from my picture of holding a Z06 wheel in front of my Volt. But I have to question what tires are used on the Viper. The performance difference seems like it could be caused by poorer tires since the Corvette no longer uses sub-par Goodyear Eagles. They've moved up to Michelin Pilot Super Sports. What's on the Viper? Some Pirelli, I imagine, but are they competitive with the PSS?
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
        What tires the car maker chooses are how the car is judged..if SRT did a sh!t job developing tires then its on them
          richard gear
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          This sounds like to me like they don't have any good people left at Chrysler, and just employ contractors now at SRT, fresh outta college, with no experience....which I guess is the new business model. Shame because the product suffers...
      justin
      • 10 Months Ago
      lol viper is moving backwards... not only did the viper from 2008 loose to the corvette zr1 from 2008 but it also got beat by the zr1 again when the new viper (current one) came out.... now that there is a new corvette z06 that has beat the last gen ZR1 supercar the viper will fall behind once again.... seems like viper is always 2 generations behind corvette, not to mention how unpleasant the viper is to driver on normal road...
      wickedsc300
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone knows neither of these cars will be driven as hard as shown in this comparison. That said, one of these cars is a beautifully designed automobile, while the other one is an over stylized, over priced, plastic parts bin GM product.
        bookemd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wickedsc300
        No, it's cheaper, easier to drive, and overall better and more modern than the Viper.
          Brandon N Lasure
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          Welp, if I wasn't certain before that I couldn't take anything you say seriously, I certainly am now.
          wickedsc300
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          It should be cheaper its GM plastic junk.
          Brandon N Lasure
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          Why are you arguing with a guy who owns an SC300? Owning one of those is tantamount to admitting to failure.
          wickedsc300
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          @Brandon, how is owning one tantamount to failure? It comes with one of the best engines ever.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wickedsc300
        [blocked]
        Dark Gnat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wickedsc300
        So the Viper doesn't have any plastic?
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's hard to believe in any product from Chrysler. I mean everything they build is utter junk.
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow the upcoming Z06 and ZR1 will wipe the floor with the SRT Viper at this rate.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never drove a Viper in real life, but driving them in Gran Turismo's entire series to date, Vipers are nearly useless for the track. I always found their handling to be out of this world "terrible". Corvettes were pretty drive-able, C6 Race car was actually a pretty good car,...those race Vipers were simply unruly.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        [blocked]
        yargnits
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        I've never driving a Viper either, but I've played with a die-cast on my kitchen floor. It's got a lot of under-steer. I think Chrysler should improve the front to rear bias and make adjustments to the camber to help it on linoleum surfaces.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        I tried to find the humor in this but failed. I can't imagine you actually being serious about comparing cars on a video game.
        Brandon N Lasure
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Yes and everything I learned about warfare I learned from Call of Duty... You sound like an enormous ponce.
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