2008 SRT-10 Viper vs Z06 Corvette

August 26th, 2007

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!

2008 SRT-10 Viper vs Z06 Corvette


  1. MESAL says:

    It is safe to assume that these 2 cars compete with each other and that they usually trump each other, by the slightest margins. Most car reviews pick the Vette because it is : 1) Cheaper; 2) Similar performance; 3) Better ergonomics. The Viper on the other hand offers, a hell of a ride, super car like performance. a hand-made build approach, limited numbers, outrageous looks, V-10 and lots of power.

    Some prefer the Vette’s handling performance but some say the Viper is a better track car. Some like the Vette’s handling assistance like traction control, other like the Viper’s lack of any assistance.

    Personally, the Vette is trying to become like the Viper. It is GM’s thing these days. First they followed the SRT-4 with their Cobalt SS, then they copied the PT cruiser with the HHR, then the PT GT Turbo with the HHR SS Turbo and of course the Vette with a very similar Viper-like body especially the front end and the enlarged side vent.