In today’s world, performance cars are so unfathomably capable that the idea of a car that can sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds is no longer all that astounding. In fact, from many cars, we expect it.
Take the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Dodge Viper ACR, for instance. Both cars have in excess of 600 horsepower and somewhere around 650 lb-ft of torque, and neither requires a racing license to operate. And needless to say, both know their way around a race track.
Now, some might say that a more “apples to apples” comparison would be pinning the Viper ACR up against the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and they’d be right, but the ZL1-vs.-ACR track battle in the video above is what we’ve got. The footage shows a driver behind the wheel of a “regular” Camaro ZL1 as he tries to overtake a Viper ACR at Mid-Ohio. There are plenty of unknown variables rendering it a rather unscientific comparison, to be sure, with tire wear and driver capability/experience topping the list. Still, it can tell us something about the level of raw performance offered by each car.
Ultimately, the video corroborates what the Nürburgring hot laps have already told us: the Viper ACR, capable of a 7:01.3 sprint around the Nordschleife, is appreciably quicker than the ZL1 – and even the ZL1 1LE, which managed a 7:16.04 lap. At 650-horsepower, the Camaro ZL1 may be a tad more potent, but there’s no erasing the fact that it weighs nearly 4,000 pounds to the Viper’s 3,374.
Click play above to see this very unscientific test for yourself.