2018 Chevrolet Corvette

Starting Price: $57,485 | Price yours

Above Average: Race car responses, cutting edge ZR-1 aerodynamics

Below Average: Limited outward vision in rear and rear quarters, 7-speed manual

Consensus: The all-American supercar

 

2017 Dodge Viper

Starting Price: $123,968 | Price yours

Above Average: First rate suspension design and development, massive torque, ideal weight distribution and balance

Below Average: Thirsty compared to Corvette, poor sightlines all around

Consensus: A superb American sports car awaiting renaissance

 

Debuting in 1953 as a sleek but underpowered two-seater, the Corvette has evolved steadily over the ensuing decades to become a world-class sports car. Power is abundant even in the base model, and the latest ZR1 is an exemplary combination of thrust and aerodynamic downforce. Already exceptional, the Corvette’s dynamic scorecard figures to improve when a new mid-engine generation makes its debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. With its bad-boy good looks and brute V10 power, the Viper has played counterpoint to the Corvette ever since its 1991 debut. Like its crosstown rival from Chevrolet, the Viper’s foundation is a paragon of rigidity, giving the chassis engineers plenty of latitude for suspension development, ranging from agile to almost race-ready. The ACR, last of the current Viper’s variants, adds massive downforce to the equation, creating an exceptional track day weapon. The Viper went out of production in 2017, concluding a 27-year run. However, SRT, the corporate group responsible for making certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles go faster, is at work on an all-new V8-powered Viper, expected to debut in 2020 as a 2021 model.

Chevrolet Corvette Advantages

Aerodynamically efficient exterior design, outstanding agility in all trims, ZR1 supercar stats

Dodge Viper Advantages

Muscle car styling, agile dynamics, V10 torque

Similarities

Corvette and Viper both offer plentiful power, both are true sports cars

Final Recommendation

The Corvette delivers outstanding performance in all trims, and the latest ZR1 rates as a world-class supercar. The same can be said of the Viper, with the world class label going to the ACR model. However, until sometime in 2019, when an all-new Viper is due to debut, prospective owners will have to resort to the used car market. 

  2018 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Dodge Viper
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 6.2-liter V8 8.4-liter V10
Horsepower 455 hp @ 6,000 rpm 645 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 460 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 600 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission Manual 7-speed Manual 6-speed
Fuel Economy 19 mpg (16 city, 25 hwy) 14 mpg (12 city, 19 hwy)
Also Available 460-hp 6.2L V8; 650-hp 6.2L V8; 8-spd automatic  
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not rated 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 2 2
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 98.8 inches
Overall Length 176.9 inches 175.7 inches
Width 73.9 inches 76.4 inches
Height 48.8 inches 49.1 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 ft 40.5 ft
Headroom, Front 38.0 inches 36.6 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 42.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.0 inches 53.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 52.0 cu ft N/A
EPA Cargo Volume 15.0 cu ft 14.7 cu ft
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