Watch The 2013 SRT Viper Fight The 2014 SLS AMG Black Series

#SRT, #Viper

This week’s Head to Head pits together two unlikely, but equally brutal, rivals. Host Jonny Lieberman takes America’s last remaining 600+ horsepower sports car, the 2013 SRT Viper, and goes up against Mercedes-Benz’s most hardcore version of the SLS, the AMG Black Series.

While the 2014 SLS Black Series is nearly three times the price of the 2013 SRT Viper, the two cars are remarkably similar in concept. Both are hardcore, rear-wheel-drive, front-engine sports cars producing upwards of 600 horsepower. The contest proves to be closer than expected with the two cars taking on twisting roads, the typical barrage of track testing, and hot laps around the Laguna Seca circuit with professional racing driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel.

On the road, Lieberman is initially put off by the Viper’s rough-around-the-edges nature. The side exhaust system means that the sills and floor well of the car are hot, and the noise of the huge, 8.4-liter V-10 engine is grating and constant. When he puts the pedal down, though, it all starts to make sense, as Lieberman is surprised by the Viper’s driver involvement and connectedness to the road.

Behind the wheel of the Benz, he quotes fellow journalist Angus McKenzie who said that the SLS is “like a Viper that went to charm school.” The Benz’s relative refinement does not neuter its performance, though, as the 622-hp Mercedes-Benz proves a worthy rival to the SRT Viper in every test.

Which car turns out the faster lap time and comes out on top? Check out the video below to find out.

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Seems to me that an extra 180K doesn't buy you that much extra refinement or performance. By the way why didn't they go Head 2 Head with the Viper T/A?
BigBlock45 2 Like
I agree with Rich257... the test was a little skewed (using a Black Series car) in favor of the SLS... not including the obvious bias against the Viper.  Several minutes of the video were taken up with tirades against the Viper's manual transmission! It would seem the younger drivers are so used to slush boxes the thought of coordinating their feet, hands and eyes seem to be mindboggling.  I could tell the shifts in the Viper were slow -- which makes an easy predjudicial arguement in favor of the SLS's automatic.  Watching the laps of the track, I got the distinct feeling th Viper was more car than he could handle, whereas the SLS was more like a video game -- punch the buttons and go.  I think its time for a lengthy run across country in the new SRT Viper, say Michigan to Key West?  Oh, about the second-plus difference in lap times -- the difference in the drivers, maybe?  I'll take a new SRT Viper in a Stealth gray with matching luggage.
Rich 257
Why not test the TA version of the Viper against the Black series?  At least it would be a test of both automakers' most extreme versions, and not just the Benz.  I'm pretty sure that would more than equal the performance gap, without coming anywhere close to the price gap.   However, I would imagine that the AMG car will be far more luxurious, as it should, for nearly 3 times the price.

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