The all-new 640-hp 2013 SRT Viper GTS is back to take on the Chevrolet Corvette for the title of America’s best sports car. Though the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray was just revealed, the current 2013 Corvette ZR1 is still the most powerful Corvette with 638 hp, making it a perfect match for SRT's latest V-10-powered snake. On this Feature Flick, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman takes them to the drag strip and track to find out which is the better supercar.
An 8.4-liter V-10 with 600 lb-ft of torque sits under the hood of the Viper, while the Corvette ZR1 produces 604 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. Both engines feature an overhead valve design. With just a 17-pound curb weight difference and similar horsepower and torque ratings, the Viper GTS and Corvette ZR1 put down an identical quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds, though the Viper’s 128.8-mph trap speed was one-tenth faster than the Corvette.
After leaving the drag strip, Lieberman takes the two powerhouses down some back roads en route to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for some hot laps. During the drive, Lieberman opines that it is impossible to explore these two supercars’ limits on public streets, and that he would have had more fun in a Porsche Boxster S, Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, or Subaru BRZ. At the track, Lieberman is impressed with both cars’ power output, but notes the Viper moves around a bit more and doesn’t brake as well.
While Lieberman is most impressed with the Corvette ZR1’s handling and carbon ceramic brakes around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, what does professional race car driver Randy Pobst think about the 2013 SRT Viper GTS and 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1? Lieberman turns the keys over to Pobst to find out. Watch the video below.