Car and Driver is the first to release a heads up battle between the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 and the current Chevrolet Corvette Z06. For the straight-line drag racers it’s a close call with the Viper pulling 0-60 in 3.5 seconds running through the 1/4 mile barrier in 11.6 seconds at 126 MPH. The Z06 did 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and pulled 11.7 @ 125 MPH in the 1/4 mile. While the Viper did win, we would have expected some higher trap speeds from the milestone breaking 600HP V10 Viper. Without knowing the exact test conditions we think quicker and faster times are sure to come from the the actual buyers when they start hitting the drag strips across the country with these monsters.
Not forgetting about the “twisties” (the unofficial Bimmer crowd mantra) the Viper outdid the Z06 around a 2 mile road course by 1 second. Even with the Viper winning the tests Car and Driver still choose the Corvette Z06 as the overall winner. With the prices of these two cars slowly converging to about $7,000 of each-other it makes for some interesting decisions for the buyers in this market.
We know the Z06 is very “mod” friendly with more horsepower and torque readily available with very simple bolt-ons and tuning. Will the Viper be the same? Will we be seeing 700HP Vipers with simple modifications? We’re looking forward to seeing how much power the new Viper is really putting down to the wheels as well as some real world drag strip times, so send in those dyno results and timeslips!