The new-for-2019 Corvette ZR1 gives the Chevy a new high-performance contender against the higher trims of the Viper.
The Corvette is much more attainable for more drivers, while the Viper is a more exclusive American sports car.
Although the most recent generation of the Dodge Viper has been out of production since the 2017 model year, it’s still a bona fide American supercar that’s competitive with the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette has a much lower cost of entry than the Viper, but in the higher-performance trims of the ‘Vette, it’s very comparable to the Dodge.
Let’s take a look at the differences between these two all-American brutes and see which is better.
Both of these sports cars are unmistakable on the outside. They both draw from their own heritage while being thoroughly modern. The Viper has a very aggressive look, especially with the aero bodywork of the ACR model, and the C7 Corvette is recognizable as a Corvette from every angle.
The exterior dimensions of these cars are very similar. These coupes are long, low and wide, which contributes both to their styling and their handling on the road and the track. One big difference in the exteriors of the two cars is the availability of a convertible in every form of the Corvette and no convertible top available at all on the Viper. See the 2017 Dodge Viper models for sale near you
The Corvette and the Viper are both 2-seaters with very driver-centric cockpits, but the comfort levels are pretty different. The Corvette is more of a luxury car, while the Viper is more of a street-legal racecar. The Corvette has more comfortable seats and has a more premium look and feel overall, while the interior of the Viper is reflective of the car’s brute-force performance.
One great thing about the interior of the Viper is its intuitive Uconnect infotainment system. The Chevrolet infotainment system in the Corvette is good too, but we prefer FCA’s excellent Uconnect system in the Viper. See the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you
Mechanicals and Performance
Both of these American sports cars have very distinct drivetrains that are synonymous with their names. The 2019 Corvette has three V8 engines available and the 2017 Viper has a raucous V10 under the hood.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Engines
LT1 6.2-liter V8; 460 horsepower, 465 lb-ft of torque; 16 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway
LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8; 650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque; 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy
LT5 supercharged 6.2-liter V8; 755 hp, 715 lb-ft of torque; 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy
2017 Dodge Viper Engine
8.4-liter V10; 645 hp, 600 lb-ft of torque; 12 mpg city/19 mpg hwy
The base LT1 in the Corvette can’t quite compete with the V10 in the Viper, but the LT4 in the Z06 and the LT5 in the ZR1 both beat the Viper on paper, both in performance and in fuel economy.
The Viper has a 0-to-60 miles per hour time of just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 208 mph. The base Corvette Stingray can achieve the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds, while upgrading to the Grand Sport model will shave 0.1 seconds off of that time. The Z06 can shoot from 0-to-60 in 2.95 seconds, and the ZR1 gets there in just 2.85 seconds. The ZR1 has a top speed of 214 mph, and the Z06 can hit 185 mph.
The performance numbers of the Viper are undoubtedly impressive, but the upper echelons of the Corvette have it beat. When it comes to both off-the-line acceleration and top speed in a straight line, the Viper falls short of the mighty Corvette ZR1.
Since the Dodge Viper has been out of production for a couple years, pricing for the vehicle is a little hard to pin down. Low-mileage used 2017 Vipers on Autotrader typically run between $150,000 — $200,000, while a brand new Corvette Stingray starts at just $55,495. The Corvette Grand Sport costs a little more starting at $65,495 while upgrading to a supercharged Z06 will set you back at least $79,495. The cost of entry for a new 2019 Corvette ZR1 is $121,000, which is still more affordable than many used 2017 Viper models on Autotrader.
The pricing for the Viper on the used market makes sense due to its exclusivity, but the Corvette is hands-down the better value. The fact that you can get a new Z06 for about half the price of a used Viper speaks to what the market is like for both of these cars.
With more variety under the hood, the availability of a convertible, its value proposition and easier service thanks to its higher volume, we recommend the Corvette over the Viper. The Viper is great for its exclusivity, amazing performance and unique attitude, but at the end of the day, the Corvette is just a better sports car that’s easier to live with, not to mention faster if you opt for the Z06 or the ZR1. Find a Dodge Viper for sale or Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale