As an American made superpower car that is remarkably affordable and luxurious, Corvette will naturally always receive heat from supercar competitors. A rivalry has formed between the Corvette Z06 and the Dodge Viper ACR. Some may say the Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR is an unfair match, however, Corvette has never backed down from a challenge no matter the situation.
Both Motor Trend and Top Gear have taken the Corvette vs. Dodge Viper challenge. Head-to-head the Corvette is the more affordable and driver focused option. The ACR comes equipped with a track ready package and a more powerful engine. A few high level specs of each supercar are highlighted below:
2016 Corvette Z06
- Z07 Package
- 6.2L Supercharged V-8 RWD
- Under $98,000
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
- Track Set-Up
- 8.4L V-10 RWD
- Starting at $131,000
Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR Track Face-Off
Motor Trend drivers took both cars out onto the MRLS track to test how the Z06 handled being compared to the 10 time track record breaker ACR. Corvette Z06 came out only 3 seconds behind the ACR but six-tenths of a second faster than the Viper TA. The ACR comes with a very large jet-sized rear wing that helps keep the car on the ground making it better equipped for the demands of the track. However, the rear wingless Z06 isn’t to be overlooked. Top Gear says that the Z06 has one of the most sophisticated chassis-control systems in the world. Just don’t turn off the chassis-assistance systems unless you’re ready to take full control. Motor Trend’s drivers agree that for Corvette to beat the Viper it would need a Corvette equivalent to the ACR track package.
While racing enthusiasts may choose to be 3 seconds faster, even the driving experts at Top Gear say that if you want supercar performance and everyday practically, it’s hard to think of a better choice than the Z06.
Corvette vs. Dodge Viper Practicality
After just a few hours of driving the ACR both Motor Trend and Top Gear drivers said their ears wouldn’t stop ringing and joked about how driving for too long may cause driver deafness. Without a racing harness the ACR also threw around its passengers and made for anything but a comfortable ride. The Viper’s air conditioning isn’t guaranteed to work and the brake and clutch pedals are switched. There is no expectation of comfort when driving the Viper, its sole purpose it to serve drivers as much power as possible.
On the other hand, Corvette has managed the incredible feat of combining supercar power with driver and passenger comfort. Each driver of the Z06 came out with a new appreciation for the power and fun of the supercar with the luxury of a comfortable ride. Jason Cammisa of Motor Trend says, “The Chevy feels as though it was actually engineered around the human body, and as such it’s an absolute pleasure to drive. The ‘Vette works with you to be smooth, comfortable, and fast, whereas the Viper’s interior does everything to make you not trust the car, yourself, or anyone around you.” Motor Trend finished up its day of competition on the track by voting the Z06 the most friendliest and livable car on a daily basis.
There is no denying the impressive speed and power of the Dodge ACR. However, when considering whether to purchase a Corvette or Viper the choice seems to be clear. For a practical car that can go from driving the family around town on the weekdays to causing trouble on the track during the weekends, the experts agree there is no better choice than the Corvette Z06.