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 |  Jul 14 2013, 2:32 PM

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This week’s installment of ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ includes three iconic American sports cars – one from each of the Big Three.

Once again, we present to you, our faithful readers, a choice of three vehicles. We are asking you to decide which one you would make your daily driver, which one would be used to ridicule the competition on track days, and which one should just remain parked in the pits.

Remember, that commuter car you must live with every day, all year round. The toy would only be available to you for occasional use on weekends, and the final car is best fit to be recycled for scrap metal.

This week we have assembled three American Supercars. First, there is Corvette ZR1; the car that proved the Corvette is serious about all out performance. Next, there is the bad boy of the automotive world; the SRT Viper. Loud, powerful and brash, the Viper is also very quick. Finally, there is Ford’s mid-engine wonder from a few years ago, the GT. So which ones are you going to choose?

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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The Corvette has always been a performance bargain, taking on the best from the world for a fraction of the price. But in 2009 Chevrolet created the ultimate Corvette, the ZR1. With a supercharged 6.2 L 638 hp engine and adjustable magnetic suspension, the 3,405 lbs. Corvette was finally at the performance level of many European exotics.

Ford GT

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Harkening back to the famous line of Le Mans winning GT40 race cars of the late 1960s, the Ford GT is more than just a retro mobile – it is also a serious performer. With a 5.4 L supercharged V8 mounted mid-ship producing 550 hp; the GT had the performance to back up its great looks. The Ford GT is an instantly recognizable car that still turns heads everywhere it goes.

SRT Viper

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After a brief hiatus, the Viper is back and as mean as ever. Still sporting an 8.4 L V10, the Viper now produces an awesome 640 hp and 600 lb-ft. of torque; not bad for a vehicle weighing around 3,300-3,400 lbs. Still a handful to drive and still looking like nothing else on the road, the Viper retains the original swagger that first made it a hit over 20 years ago.

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  • smartacus

    This was a pretty good one.

    -Scrap the ZR1 for sure. No doubt about it.

    Vettes get shamefully beaten by smart cars in commuter traffic (hint: size is the new HP). And of course; nobody is gonna ask a Viper or GT owner if it’s a base car with a ZR1 kit and a salvage title.

    -Viper is a big flying paint job that should be kept in a bubble on weekdays, far away from commuting Buicks and Hondas. But the big (former) Dodge would be perfect for Saturday night cruise-ins, Sunday morning backroads, weekend Car Shows, Holiday Shopping.

    -I would much rather commute with the GT because of it’s shorter nose, lowest overall height, and rear-engine.

  • CA_Refugee

    Tough, tough, tough…

    Commute = Ford GT
    Track = Viper
    Destroy = ZR-1 (‘cuz it’s going to shake and rattle itself apart anyhow.)

  • Not White Trash

    Scrap ALL OF THEM. Buy a Lambo!

  • MistyGreen

    Yikes. Never having driven any of them, the GT is definitely the best show car for me, and certainly a performer at the track. The GT is the toy, and I have to pick the ZR1 for the commuter, given the Viper’s reputation for difficulty to control.

  • baloo

    I dont think I would want to commute in ANY of these cars for any reason. Heavy clutches, crazy horsepower and horrible visibility.

    That said, I would take the Viper to commute (nicest seats)
    Ford GT as my toy
    Smash the ZR1 (cause there’s craploads of corvettes anyway)

  • Jolly Roger

    Lambo = poop car.

  • Mo

    The viper wants to kill you. All times. You need to be a real superhero to drive one. Not this hollywood bruce wayne liar stuff. Take lessons and learn to better yourself. Speak and think. Grow rich like sand on the beach outnumbers your ideas in life.

  • Not White Trash

    You’re right. The 700 hp carbon fiber chassis Aventador is pretty lame. IDIOT!!!!

  • Alfie

    I’m sorry….. are you sane? That didn’t make any sense.

  • Dood

    Commute in the ZR1, track days in the Viper, smash the Ford GT, it’s the slowest and least livable.

  • smartacus

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  • circa31

    In every video you see the Ford GT simply stomps the ZR1 out with 88 less hp and it’s heavier..amazing! And I haven’t seen any data that has ever clearly showed the Crapvette is faster let alone quicker. Good job Shelby (RIP)/Ford.

  • Rolling Aficionado

    @circa31

    Um maybe in a straight line, but I’ve never seen a gt whoop the zr1 on the track.. Ford gt nurburgring time 7:40 Chevrolet ZR1 7:19 on the nurburgring. All the gt is good for is collecting dust. And scrap that viper, no history at all. Lets see a Shelby designed the viper, based off the ac cobra chassis. And the engine is based off of an old V10 Dodge ram.

  • Rolling Aficionado

    Um maybe in a straight line, but I’ve never seen a gt whoop the zr1 on the track.. Ford gt nurburgring time 7:40 Chevrolet ZR1 7:19 on the nurburgring. All the gt is good for is collecting dust. And scrap that viper, no history at all. Lets see a ford affiliate.. Caroll Shelby designed the viper, based off the ac cobra chassis. And the engine is based off of an old V10 Dodge pick up.

  • Alberto Valenzuela

    Shelby also came up with the V8 in a mid-size truck. I think the prototype Viper, had a V8 ? But was designed for a V10. Thank God, Chrysler didn’t sell the Viper property when they were in dire straits.

  • Alberto Valenzuelai

    Or a Ferrari 599 GTB! A seldom produced FR from Ferrari. They favor the MR layout like all European auto makers.

  • Alberto Valenzuela

    I think Chrysler owned Lamborghini back in the ’80′s when they were in deep shit. now, ironically, Chrysler’s owned by Fiat, whom owns Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Ferrari. Lambo’s arch nemesis. Lamborghini is owned by Audi.

  • Richard Joash Tan

    AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT BECAUSE I AM BIASED WITH THE CORVETTE

  • nick

    So scrap the vette Ford gt as a daily car and viper at the track or “toy”. The good outs the most livable car and the viper is the best track car.

  • Jumping jack

    The Vette is too common to be a toy. Toys should be a special that lights your and everyone else s fire when near it.That would be the Ford GT. The destroyer choice is a tossup between the Viper and Vette. All the after market support makes the Vette attractive but the white knuckle rides the viper gives is a hell of an adrenalin rush. I think the perfect commuter would be the Nissan GTR

  • Richard Joash Tan

    but for me, the perfect toy and commute would be the 2015 Subaru WRX STI

  • Tony Veloudas

    20,600 m (67,600 ft)
    7:12:13
    Dodge Viper ACR (2010)
    Dominik Farnbacher
    14 September 2011
    SRT conducted test. Video and manufacturer confirmed. OEM Michelin Pilot Sport Cup R compound track DOT competition tires.
    20,600 m (67,600 ft)
    7:19.63
    Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (2012)
    Jim Mero
    9 June 2011
    General Motors conducted test,[24] base specification car with optional track DOT competition tires (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure),

  • tp

    dumb

  • Macz

    You mean you are biased toward Subaru?

  • Richard Joash Tan

    OOPS! I forgot to tell you that I am biased with Subaru also, especially Mitsubishi because I focus towards the upcoming Plug-In Outlander