Poll: Dodge Viper or Chevrolet Corvette?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which all-American performance car do YOU prefer, the Dodge Viper or Chevrolet Corvette? Vote in our latest poll and help us pick a winner!

Today we’re focusing on a red, white and blue comparison, possibly with a little gray thrown in from all the tire smoke. Two great sports machines are facing off in a no-holds-barred tussle that’s sure to burn copious amounts of high-octane gasoline.

Starting off with the Viper, this big, bad Dodge is powered by a monstrous engine. With a full 10 cylinders, this over-head valve lump displaces an almost unfathomable 8.4-liters – that’s a full 512 cubic inches of internal-combustion fury for those of you who haven’t gone metric yet.

This beastly engine delivers the goods, cranking out 645 horsepower with 600 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, despite a having a stroke of nearly four inches it’s still capable of spinning to 6,400 RPM. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered in this gnarly Dodge.

In comparison, the Chevy Corvette seems almost placid, like it’s not actively trying to kill you with every rotation of its crankshaft.

Under that long, sloping hood the “regular” ‘Vette features a 6.2-liter small-block V8. This engine delivers up to 460 ponies and 465 lb-ft of torque when fitted with the optional performance exhaust system. Sure, that’s plenty of power to get you into deep trouble, but it’s a far cry from the Viper’s output. For more oomph you can always opt for the Z06 model, which features a supercharged version of this engine that offers 650 horses.

Unlike its rival, this Chevy offers a choice of transmission. Drivers can choose between a seven-speed manual or an automatic with eight forward ratios. How about that?

So, there’s a little background on each of these all-American performance cars, which one do you prefer? Compare them side-by-side right here for even more information and please, vote in our latest poll!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Crag keeper Crag keeper on Apr 15, 2016

    The choice should have been "which one of these cars actually works?" The C7 has been an utter nightmare. Just read anywhere on the internet. Major problems still not fixed. And Cylinder Deactivation !!!! On a Sports Car !!!! And it is junk !

  • AircraftQA AircraftQA on Apr 19, 2016

    Gees. The Viper even beats that chevy in 1/4 and to 60, 100, 120,.....