One of the biggest rivalries in the automotive industry, aside from the Mustang vs. Camaro debate, is that of the Corvette and Viper. Since 1992, these two giants have gone back and forth on the tracks, the showrooms, and every traffic signal on Woodward Avenue.
The lucky guys at MotorTrend got to spend some time behind the wheels of both the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and the SRT Viper GTS, to see just which machine is king of the American supercar hill.
In the video, the two cars are taken to Mazda Leguna Seca Raceway to test not only their real-world practicality, but also their ability to embarrass the European competition on the track.
The findings weren’t good for the folks at SRT. Both Johnny Lieberman and Randy Pobst agree that the aging ZR1 has still got it, demonstrating more usable power, a better suspension and brake setup, leading to an overall better driving experience. The Viper however, had a better shifter, a more aggressive ride, and felt to be more track-tuned. Although the Viper is an impressive machine, the ZR1 was deemed the better car to live with. Because of the increased driver comfort, and a two-second-better track time, the Corvette came out on top. And if driving what are possibly the most powerful American cars wasn’t enough, Pobst set a new production car record for the track in the mighty Corvette ZR1.