Battle of American supercars
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
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.
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.
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.