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This is how fast the new Viper is
With every major new performance car launch there are two questions I want answered - I want to know what's the straight line performance like and how fast the "next best thing" actually is on track.
First - straight line performance, usually becomes apparent rather quickly - manufacturers often publish 0-60 times in pre-launch press releases, and most magazines these days do acceleration testing.
A proper sampling of track performance is usually much harder to come by and it can take up to several months before the new car is track tested by someone with good driving skills .
Today I came across a revealing video where Motortrend were testing 2013 Chrysler Viper against Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. This video is revealing not only because they did a side-by-side drag race, but mostly because both cars were track tested at Laguna Seca raceway by professional racing driver - Randy Pobst
The new Viper impressed me with straight line speed but was rather less impressive at track - maybe because it lacked the super sticky "Cup" rubber that Corvette had.
For exact test results, I guess you better watch the video yourself - I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
One thing we can say for sure - both cars were pushed close to the limit and conditions were also very good - dry, sunny weather and no traffic. So much so that Randy even managed to set a new production car lap record for Laguna Seca.
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