For years, American muscle and Supercars have battled the stereotype of being able to go fast in a straight line, but not be able to handle corners, which also happens to be the reason Columbus landed in America instead of India.
The latest and greatest from Dodge and Chevy are poised to change that perception and will turn some heads in the process. We break down the 2014 Corvette Stingray and 2013 Dodge Viper to see which of these two gorgeous sportscars we’d rather take home.
Face – Corvette
|A sinister glare that oozes confidence, with “Come at me, bro” written all over it.||Snake eyes ready to spit venom hint at what lurks beneath.|
Body – Viper
|Staut, chiseled and sharp – the Stingray has GT-R-esque lines and Ferrari finishing. Made from composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components.||Brawny, aggressive and dominant – the Viper retains its classic exterior with a modern twist. Made from sheet-molded composite (SMC) and resin injection molded (RIM) body panels and fascias with injection-molded impact beams.|
Booty – Viper
|Four exhaust pipes look like they belong in a symphony orchestra. Square lights will forever stir diehard ‘Vette fans’ feelings, but who misses the flip up headlights? No one.||A mix of carbon fibre, LED lighting and the absence of exhaust pipes (they’re on the sides) mean a clean and curvy rear end. Viper wins this battle.|
Insides – Corvette
|With real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather, this driver-focused cockpit is one that a Chevrolet owner can finally be proud of.||Performance focused, computerized and ergonomic – the Viper’s cabin looks built for one – which it should be.|
Brains – Viper
|The gadgetry in the Stingray is designed for entertainment of the performance variety, but dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens still bring out the inner geek.||A rear backup camera, 8.4 inch touchscreen, satellite with Travel Link, 3D graphics navigation and an optional 18-speaker, 32-volt system – in a 2-seater – screams there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.|
Does she go? – Corvette
|A five-position Drive Mode Selector that tweaks 12 environmental attributes using Magnetic Selective Ride StabiliTrak help tame the direct injected 6.2L LT1 V-8. A clutch and 7 gears? Yes please.||Featuring a 640-hp 8.4-liter V-10, “…the most of any naturally aspirated sports car in the world.” Stability and traction control have 2 settings, “on” or “off”.|
Put a ring on it? – Corvette
|Base models start at around $54,000.||Coupe Priced from $99,390, GTS from $122,390.|
While both these legendary American Supercars deliver what they promise, the Corvette Stingray with its lower starting price and tenaciously updated design comes out on top.
Story by @kevankevan