28 Corvette Z06 vs Viper ACR vs 991 GT3 RS

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Three "track-day sepcials" meet in what was supposed to be all-American duel between a "Vette" and Viper.

Motortrend published another great episode in Head to Head series (presumably available earlier for MT On Demand subscribers), this time pitting two of the best known American track-day cars - Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the "record breaker" Dodge Viper ACR.

What makes this episode even better is unforeseen appearance of world's favorite German track-day car - the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which makes the "Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs 2016 Dodge Viper ACR - Head 2 Head" an actual "head 2 head 2 head" (if that makes any sense).

You can watch the video here.

I should also add that I liked the dialogue between the two of my favorite Motortrend hosts - Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa. If they keep producing videos like this, Chris Harris will have some competition, before he leaves (or partially vacates) the online video scene for BBC Top Gear.

4y ago by FastestLaps
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Flabernat  4y ago

BR2+
You made a good observation; "On most tracks a ZO6 would decimate everything..."
The C7 Z06 is insanely fast(as well as the GT3 RS for that matter). Sitting shotgun for a fast lap with Randy around Laguna Seca would be breathtaking to say the least. The fact that there is another car that can seemingly diminish the Z06's performance blows my mind...Bravo Dodge!

I have also seen/heard complaints as well, but I LOVE the sound of that monstrous Viper V10! :)


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FastestLaps  4y ago

Sent.


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luckyluke  4y ago

Yes, it is. Please send them. Thank you.


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FastestLaps  4y ago

Luke is l.t****@t-online.de your real e-mail? I can send you instructions on how to add tests via proper channels. It's really quite easy.

1.) You have to be logged in and you have to have "contributor" status (which I just gave you)
2.) Go to https://fastestlaps.com/edit-pub
3.) See examples at https://fastestlaps.com/publications


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luckyluke  4y ago

@ fastestlaps:
I added the data from the test (link below), but how are people going to verify it, if there aren't links to the added times? Also, I couldn't add the breaking performance.


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phavyarden  4y ago

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-chevrolet-corvette-z06-vs-2016-dodge-viper-acr-vs-2016-porsche-911-gt3-rs/
At the end, Randy made a comment of why the laptimes were slower than expected, At least on the ACR that made 1:28 in hands of Randy himself.


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phavyarden  4y ago

IMO Randy was the only one that was worth to hear, and actually talked about what we were waiting, handling, braking, car behaviour ,etc
The other guys were just doing sissy talk.


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saxy  4y ago

yes. and I don't like how Randy is "trying" to be funny. It's just not neccesary.


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FastestLaps  4y ago

I have noticed that the less a presenter tries to be funny, witty or "hyper", the better he or she is. It's all about being natural. That's why someone like James May is so good - he is never trying too hard to be like anything. Hammond is a a lot like that too. Clarkson is on a different league altogether - just damn talented as a comedian.


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BR2+  4y ago

Hes watchable, Much better then he used to be, But id still rather have Carlos back


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FastestLaps  4y ago

1.) He isn't really fat.
2.) He actually is quite watchable. One of the better hosts they've had.


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E63AMG  4y ago

The fat guy doesn't deserve to be with MT.

Send him back to the bakery.


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saxy  4y ago

not exactly. 1/4 mile run, it's 3 mph faster despite slower 0-60mph time. ie more pull/less drag.


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phavyarden  4y ago

It has more straight line cause it can go out of the faster at every corner :p


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saxy  4y ago

They usually run a whole bunch of laps and only show you the fastest one. Fact is that not only the viper has more downforce and cornering speed, it also has more straight line speed. The Vette has no chance


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BR2+  4y ago

Every car has the ability to go faster, Its up to the driver on how hard he wants to push it, Push something too hard, And you either end up with a destroyed car...Or yourself....

But Laguna Seca is quite an interesting track, From all the cars here, There times very wildly, On most track a ZO6 would decimate everything, but here it doesnt look as impressive as it did on other tracks.


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phavyarden  4y ago

Well, Randy lost a couple of tenths at the last corner, but even with perfect driving, It would be really hard to get close to the ACR performance, specially on hands of a profesional driver. The Z06 would need way more downforce and even stickier tires.
Still, the Z06 did a fantastic job, beating the GT3 RS, and all the rest of the cars by a huge margin!


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Shane Wilson  4y ago

Close race between the Z06 and the Viper, however I wanna see Randy do another lap in the Corvette. In the last turn he seemed to have turned in to early with the Vette, which lost a few seconds on its track time. In addition, I would also like to see the Viper vs the A8 C7 Z06 around the track to ascertain if it's track time is faster than the Viper as well. Though the A8 is an automatic paddle shifting transmission, which may be more of an advantage (faster shifts) in comparison to the Viper, which is a manual, the Viper also has a hell of a lot of downforce aero aids in comparison to the Z06 as well, that is advantageous in obtaining a lower track time....


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BR2+  4y ago

Everyone today is groomed by cars that drive themselves, So its no surprise they would be critical about a car you ACTUALLY have to drive, And that a car is hard to drive, Its a track car ment for the track, So nobody should be surprised if it has a choppy ride, Or it turning is too quick, Or its too loud, Thats like drinking milk and expecting it to not have dairy...

Also i noticed in the vid the Viper stops from 60Mph in...87ft!!!!! Good lord!

Still to this day, I havent a clue why MotorTrend says the Viper sounds horrible..


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phavyarden  4y ago

Yeah, he really didn't want to like the car. And did some useless critics trying to sound funny. What a jackass. He should thank that cars like this still exist.
I'm hoping that more brands use this recipe. Like Lotus and Dodge are doing.
That's the path that Acura should have chose, but they did exactly the opposite :(