Earlier this year, Dodge killed off its iconic Viper. The Viper was one of the only modern-day sports cars to come from an American automaker and it stayed true to its roots for all 25 years.
But, what makes the Chevrolet Corvette a survivor in a world sans Dodge Viper? That’s what we want to open up for discussion in today’s Community Question. The Viper soldiered on with an 8.4-liter V10 engine for its entire life. It did without electronic aids and earned a reputation as an unforgiving sports car that would bite back—and bit hard.
In its final iteration, it was also a tad more expensive than a C7 Corvette, which offered similar performance at a potentially lower price. Maybe the Corvette is more daily drivable? Was the performance too much for a mass-market sports car like the Viper?
Dodge and SRT did all it could to hit refresh often on the Viper as well. The one-of-one program made a custom sports car easier than ever; the ACR was an asailing answer to the Corvette Z06 and some of the world’s best sports cars; and it gained numerous driver aids to make it more approachable. Still, it never, ever, offered an automatic transmission.
The brand said new regulations meant the Viper wouldn’t make the cut for production, but its dismal sales likely had something to do with a decision on reinvestment in the car. While the Corvette hasn’t been the hottest seller this year, it still outperformed the Viper in a steady fashion.
With that said, we don’t really have a straightforward answer. Maybe you do, so talk to us in the comment section below.