Poll: Viper Vs. Vette

Now that GM has taken the wraps off the all new C7 Corvette, it’s only natural that comparisons would be drawn between it and the new SRT Viper. For this week’s poll, we thought we’d ask you guys which of these two modern American brutes has excited you the most.

While the “standard” 450 horsepower C7 Sting Ray isn’t a direct match in in terms of price or performance with the 640 horse Viper…

…there’s no denying the similarities in overall feel between the two cars. Both are ultra modern takes on the traditional big power American sports car.

So, Viper or Vette? Which of these new cars machines impressed you the most?

-Mike


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86 comments
Fg2_FrAn
Fg2_FrAn

GM seems rushed. Viper has a much better flow

chrisgreencbc
chrisgreencbc

eekkk sorry Gm, but the viper makes me feel like James Bond.....versus a Transformer

mikey_mau5
mikey_mau5

Ford GT still beats them both. :)

TheExoDozzMRT
TheExoDozzMRT

I don't know you, but I don't recognise Vette's identity in the new C7 contrary to the Viper...

My vote goes to SRT.

 

Graham
Graham

I think the new C7 is ugly and filled with tacky and tasteless exterior design. However, when compared, the current 2012 Corvette Zr1 performs slightly better than the Viper, and comes at a cheaper price. I can only assume that the new Corvette will be better than the last. Therefor, in this debate, my vote goes to the C7.

Frozzy
Frozzy

Viper... 

 

The Corvette's front end is a blatant rip off of the Viper. 

MartinBrandan
MartinBrandan

Both look amazing and both are very exciting! It feels as if the American manufacturers are finally catching up a bit in the sports car market. For years I've felt that the US simply can't compete with Europe, but with this I think that the Astons and Lambos and such finally have not just one, but two worthy American competitors. However, this doesn't mean that the companies should rest. If anything, I'm expecting consistency! If this high standard is maintained for long enough, perhaps the quality and style seen here will trickle down to the rest of Dodge and Chevrolet's lineups over time! 

LouisYio
LouisYio

Dang, I thought it was going to be more evenly split down the middle.

JMax Paint Garage LLC
JMax Paint Garage LLC

purely disgustingly awesome...... I'm pretty sure that the same person designed both cars.... the similarities are pretty obvious. Before the guy designed the Viper, he must have had sex with a voluptuous sexy girl, then watched Transformers and designed the vette.

 

Both are pretty freaking awesome in every aspect. I am actually proud these cars are american because they sure don't look it. Mix some euro styling with a lil bit of modern japanese styling and a hint (very minuscule) of american muscle. BAM. NONE gets my vote cause BOTH look alike and are fundamentally completely  different cars.

KipMontgomery
KipMontgomery

VETTE VETTE VETTE SO MUCH VETTE AAAAAHHHHHHHHH

Kris Lopez
Kris Lopez

Is it just me or did the Viper and the Vette swap styles in their redesign? the viper is now sleek and stylish and the vettte is the one with in yo face styling which looks super agressive.

homerunman
homerunman

Vette gets my vote but im more stoked for the viper. The Vette is a pretty big redesign from the old generation, but the Viper is just flat out nasty. Id kill for both.

kog
kog

Having seen both of these in person, the Viper gets my vote - but it also doesn't hurt that I sell Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep for a living!

dadecode
dadecode

i like my cars Voluptuous, so i'm biased toward the sensual, sexy, curves of the Viper. but i can't resist legendary icons, especially ones that regularly reinvent themselves. so the Vette gets my vote! besides, the Vette is the only one of the two that i can and hopefully will get my hands on, and there is something to be said for the way the Vette ALWAYS fights and takes down cars well above it's price range. it doesn't  hurt that it always performs well above it's class. 

Evan42
Evan42

Corvette, because GM keeps switching things up, trying new alternatives, Dodge and their viper at same old same, try to copy the best of manufactur's designs and that why dodge was always last to come out with new designs. Dodge blows. Any problems wih my answer to that email me: Evanorwo42@gmail.com

SrC
SrC

Corvette, as it looks a little sharper than the Viper. Don't both cars look like they have orthodontic braces on their front grills? The rear lights of the Viper remind me of the Maserati Gran Turismo.  

Big Pooky
Big Pooky

From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I like the Viper a whole lot better. 

JDMized
JDMized

Mike Garrett, how can you ask the readers what they like best if: 1. You haven't driven any of the cars mentioned above. 2. 99.9% of the readers have not driven any of the cars mentioned above. What kind of collusion do you expect to draw?

Clay
Clay

I'll let the Detroit auto show speak, it's been nearly impossible to get anywhere near the Corvette.  Meanwhile, there might be one or two people around the Viper at any given time.  I'm not saying that I dislike the Viper, but the Corvette is a better design, a better bargain, a much more livable car on a daily basis, and a much more drivable car on a track.  Randy Pobst, a championship racing driver, was famously accused of not being able to handle the Viper.  If he can't drive the thing at 9/10ths how am I going to be able to drive it at 7 or 8?  Both cars are pretty incredible, but at nearly half the price I'll take the 'vette every time.

Autolegend
Autolegend

 @mikey_mau5 And the 1920's Rolls Royce Silver Ghost beats any Ford. Now how about cars that are current and not been out of production for many years?

STIsaac
STIsaac

@mikey_mau5 Agreed! But unfortunately that's not the case and the viper has my vote

Itchys2
Itchys2

and u think they wont make a new more track prepped viper as well at some point? 

danielkhoo
danielkhoo

@Frozzy what makes you think so? :) Doesn't the viper's front end then look like the agera r? Didnt they have the concept model of the stingray back in 2008? Perhaps it may just have been a certain style that coincidentally was similar upon the c7's release...

JoshuaWhitcombe
JoshuaWhitcombe

 @Kris Lopez not really imo the new Viper looks like it has taken a lot of styling cues from the old GTS and then modernized them

wholesaleauto239
wholesaleauto239

 @Evan42 dodge copies others? REALLY? ok well how about you do some research. Chrysler corp had MANY MANY MANY INVENTIONS IN THE INDUSTRY. the A604 Ultradrive...worlds first electronically shifted auto trans. FIRST use of 4 wheel HYDRAULIC brakes...thats just 2 off the top of my head (at 2:00am)

midgeman
midgeman

 @JDMized This poll isn't "Which of these two cars do you like driving the most and is fastest around a track". It's a simple poll asking which you are most excited about, which I'm making the assumption can be any reason the reader wants. HP output, aesthetics, manufacture, whatever. I have never driven either of these cars, obviously, but I can still read a magazine that shows me lap times and describes driving feel. I don't really get how not having driven the two cars doesn't give him the right to post a simple poll on which one people are more excited about. I'm sure he expects the exact conclusion he's getting. Read the comments. No one else is complaining... You confuse me.

James1010
James1010

 @JDMized JDMized, how can you judge a car blog if: 1. You haven't even been able to get JDMized.com off the holding page it has been on for 2 years. 2. You haven't driven 100% of the cars that you try to rip apart. What kind of opinions do you expect to form?

stevethecurse
stevethecurse

@Clay That's because the viper was unveiled in 2012

PhilMaurer
PhilMaurer

Probst said that about the old Viper...

 

On the other hand the Vipers that race against the c6r are cars and engines as they left the factory with some modifications.  The C6R only shares the roof panel and has an engine loosely based on the LS but fully custom cast....

 

So which makes a better race car?

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

 @midgeman  @JDMized Indeed! JDMized, like the others said. I'm sure you've criticized and/or praised dozens of cars you have not yet driven.

JDMized
JDMized

@James1010 Mike Garrett asked people opinion about the Viper and the Corvette? What does my inactive blog have anything to do with this?

troll patrol
troll patrol

 @JDMized  There is no need for us to make acquaintances in the real world.. we have similar interests, but there are plenty of  other people at events im sure we would both rather talk to. its no secret that im not a fan of your commentary, or more importantly your tact but what actually made me respond was this comment.  "@Mike Garrett I don't judge cars I haven't driven." and quite simply that is not true. the majority of the speedhunters commenting fan base observes your judging just about any time you post on this sight.    i was just pointing out a glaring flaw in your argument.

cornerbalance
cornerbalance

 @JDMized  @troll this entire site, and the overwhelming majority of car "culture", and life in general, is having an opinion based on nothing more than a gutteral reaction.   Nearly none of us have driven a 911 Cup car, or an FXX, or a 1000whp GTR or a 427 Cobra (real or kit).....and yet that lack of first hand experience doesn't seem to stop people from having, and voicing, an opinion. That is why the saying goes that the opinion is like the bellybutton.  Everyone has it, and all of them do nothing.  Why take the question so seriously?  Having been to Japan doesn't make my opinion any more or less valid.  I still like what I like, and it really has nothing to do with country of origin.  Some things just speak to me (the Viper is stunning IMHO) and some things just don't (Like the BenSopra anything).   Its an opinion poll on which one people like.  It doesn't ask which is the better performer, or which one people are buying.  It seemingly just asks which one makes you warm and fuzzy, if at all.

JDMized
JDMized

@troll patrol The BenSopra? I saw the car first hand!!! 99.9% of you guys haven't even gone to Japan. Like I posted on THAT feature, the car is well executed, well built and cool, but not nearly ready for the Nardo challenge. As a matter of fact, a week later after that post was put up, the companies that worked on their projects for Nardo ended up shipping their car to Italy, and the 380SX was not there! Again, I witnessed with my eyes!

JDMized
JDMized

@troll patrol @troll Hiding behind a key board much? Next time you see me at the local track, come up and introduce yourself!

troll patrol
troll patrol

 @JDMized  @troll im thorough with my decisions. ive seen you at buttonwillow too.  im not a barney, i know why youre a jerk, as well as what you do. its disappointing 

JDMized
JDMized

@troll patrol thanks for checking my Flickr account :)

JDMized
JDMized

@hypocrite That is correct. If I haven't driven a car, I don't judge it (ever heard "don't judge the book by its cover"?). I'm sure you have! Same thing applies :)

troll patrol
troll patrol

 @JDMized  @Mike jdmized, we all know who you are. we've seen your builds including the civic with the blacked out windows, and no wipers while you pretend to be an advocate for safety.  its true, in the real world, you might be a decent person with technical skills, and even possibly an asshole buried in good intentions; but because of the way you decide to continually communicate your opinions, most of us have already established a  bottom line, which is that what you possess in possible knowledge you completely lack in character. 

JDMized
JDMized

@Mike Garrett I don't judge cars I haven't driven.

James1010
James1010

 @JDMized  @James1010 It has about as much to do with this question as having driven the two cars does. But lets just leave that behind, as I've clearly hit a sore point.

I don't need to drive both a Toyota Camry and Ferrari F40 to tell you which one I'd like more, I don't need to drive a Fiat Multpila to tell you that it is ugly as sin and I don't need to drive both a Vette and Viper to tell you which one I'm most excited about. Re-read Midgeman's post below, He explains pretty clearly why you are wrong.

JDMized
JDMized

@James1010 We are talking about two cars here! The Vette and the Viper. I'm not judging the blog, I'm judging Mike Garrett's decision for asking a dumb question. "which one you guys prefer." Let me restate ONCE AGAIN!!! What does my inactive blog have anything to do with this post????? People talk and talk but bottom line is, NONE of us have driven either car!!!!! That is a fact, not an opinion. And before you go on about my blog (which I haven't had time to work on).....think about what I just post above!

James1010
James1010

 @JDMized  @James1010 You asked how people can have an opinion on a car they haven't driven, I'm asking how you can judge a blog without being able to set up your own.

It seems you're saying that you need to have first hand experience with a subject to have an opinion on it, and you don't have first hand experience running a blog, so why be so judgmental?


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