Comparison Test: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe vs. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2008 Dodge Viper Coupe

(8.4L V10 6-speed Manual)
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  • Comparison Test
  • Top 3 Features
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • Editors' Evaluations
  • Data and Charts
  • 2008 Dodge Viper Specs and Performance
  • 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Specs and Performance

We know you can't resist them, so here are the hard specs.

First, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe: 8.4-liter V10, 600 horsepower, 560 pound-feet of torque and an as-tested weight of 3,437 pounds. Those numbers, friend, are ridiculous. And they make the Viper the highest-displacement, most powerful naturally aspirated car we've ever tested. Combined with its crushing road presence, they define it as America's most soulful supercar.

The 2007 Chevy Corvette Z06 is nearly as impressive: 7.0-liter V8, 505 hp, 470 lb-ft of torque and 3,222 pounds. Or, to put it another way, a sports car with a power-to-weight ratio marginally better than a full-blown monster truck. A very serious machine.

Driving either is like combining that first date with a randy prom queen with the physics-defying performance of a 1,000cc sport bike. You can hardly wait to get to the action and then, when it starts, you're so scared you want it to stop. These cars are about speed. Pure speed.

And so is this test.

We set out to find the quickest, fastest and best-handling American supercar, which is why we've weighted the scoring a little differently. This time, performance makes up a full 50 percent of the points total. Fifty Percent. Cupholders and trunk space fall into the "who cares" category.

More for Less
Price, however, is always a factor. Our Viper wore the optional painted-on dual stripes and "razor" wheels and was socked with $1,300 in mandatory gas-guzzler tax. In total, these add-ons tally $5,000 and bring the Viper's as-tested price to $89,745.

Not that it makes a difference in a contest where adrenaline matters most, but the Viper — in the grand Viper tradition — lacks any sort of creature comforts beyond the ubiquitous air-conditioning and power windows. Dodge also left out any kind of electronic lifeboats, like traction or stability control.

The Z06 is cheaper. It's also packed with gadgets and gizmos that make it a more usable car. Our test car came with $8,585 in options, including a navigation system, chrome wheels, head-up display, heated seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, side impact airbags and steering-wheel radio controls. Traction and stability control systems are standard. At $78,225 it's a good value. No, it's a steal. And it's the only car to offer this kind of performance for under 80 grand.

There are problems, however. Like the Vette's complete lack of exclusivity. The Z06 is stonk fast but, to most, it looks like any other Vette. And, to be completely honest, when driven back to back against a new Viper, it feels utterly emasculated.

Meanwhile, nobody is going to mistake a Viper for anything other than, well, a Viper. Unlike the Z06, there's no watered-down sissy version in the hands of every Newport Ned who likes its image. The Viper only comes in one flavor: Hardcore. And there's no mistaking the sound, road presence and tarmac-twisting torque of this new snake. It's brashly American. It's unquestionably nasty. It's why the French hate us.

Splitting Hairs at the Track
It's also quicker and faster than the Z06.

Push its start button and each and every one of the Viper's 10 cylinders comes to life with the subtlety of a 12-gauge blast. The Viper's massive pistons thump around with enough energy to shake the entire car, and its exhaust pops and bangs like a rusty Tommy gun. There aren't enough raw, rude and painfully fast cars like the Viper left, and that's precisely what makes it great.

This is the big leagues. Before applying wide-open throttle on public streets, you'd better make damn sure your local constabulary supplies soap with a rope. First gear is good for 62 mph and 2nd will take you all the way to 90. So unrelenting is the Viper's acceleration that keeping it pinned will push the Coupe to 200 mph.

In the limitless world of instrumented testing, the Viper bettered the Corvette at every opportunity. Its 11.8-second quarter-mile time and 3.7-second 0-60-mph sprint are just plain ridiculous. And its 125 mph trap speed is the fastest we've ever recorded for any car in the quarter-mile.

Power-shifting through the gears of the Viper's six-speed Tremec transmission is like driving a D9 Cat through a mobile home: There's a lot going on, but hold the wheel straight and nothing matters except the thrill.

Noise, Intensity, Risk of Death
The Corvette is also very quick, but the experience doesn't pack the same buzz as it does in the Viper. There's less noise, less intensity and less risk of death. Although it crushed the 60 mph barrier in just 4.1 seconds and blasted through the quarter-mile in 12.0 seconds at 122 mph, the Vette finishes several car lengths behind the Dodge.

Still, the Corvette's best feature is under its hood. The 7.0-liter all-aluminum V8 is a remarkable piece of engineering, pushrods and all. It shrieks its way to its 7,000-rpm redline faster than you can say Trans-Am race engine, but offers enough bottom-end torque to light the tires up off idle. At full throttle it sounds like you want a V8 to sound.

It also gets remarkable mileage. On a long highway run it made 25 mpg and averaged 16.2 mpg during its week of mixed driving. The Viper averaged 14.7 mpg.

Viper Handles Better, Too
Drive the Viper hard in a series of corners and you won't settle into a smooth rhythm like you might in a less powerful, lighter Porsche 911, Ferrari F430 or even a Z06 Corvette. Rather, its power delivery, weight and high-effort controls make the driving experience more World of Outlaws than Formula 1.

Still, its steering is direct and immediate when precision and placing the car matter, yet it never feels nervous in a straight line, even at triple-digit speeds. It might force its way down a twisty road like a parade of Nextel Cup cars, but manhandle it properly, and it does so faster than all of the above. Subtle? No. Effective? Yes.

At 74.3 mph, the Viper is among the three fastest cars we've ever driven through the slalom — an impressive feat for a car this large. Its 0.99g skid pad performance reinforces the Snake's abilities.

At 70.8 mph through the slalom and 0.93g on the skid pad, the Z06 isn't really in the same league as the Viper, and we have to lay some of the blame at the Corvette's Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, which perform like all-season rubber compared to the Viper's larger Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber. In the slalom, the Corvette's balance tends toward oversteer, and its tail-wagging is disconcerting and keeps its pace down. At lower speeds, however, in a constant-radius turn, the Z06 is easily controlled. We could still be driving it in huge power-induced slides around the skid pad if we wanted to.

Both cars also have exceptional brakes, but again the Viper's are just a little bit better. The Viper's 14.0-inch front rotors and four-piston Brembo calipers stopped it from 60 mph in only 104 feet. The Z06 also has 14.0-inch front rotors but uses six-piston calipers to stop in 106 feet from the same speed. No amount of hard driving on the street showed any weakness in either system.

Making No Apologies
The Z06 benefits from the economies of scale that come from sharing its platform with its more mainstream little brother, the LS3-powered standard Corvette. As a result, the Z06 is smoother, roomier and more refined than the Viper. It also has a more comfortable ride and far more cargo space. For mind-numbing traffic slogs, parking lot maneuvers or other unintended use, it's easily the more manageable of the two. Cupholders? There are two. Which is two more than the Dodge has.

It's not that the Corvette isn't sharp. It's just overshadowed heavily by the Viper any time raw performance is a factor. The shifter for the Z06's six-speed, for example, is fine on its own, but compare it to the Viper's accurate shift linkage and it feels like it's been smoothed over by a committee meeting. The Corvette's steering also lacks the exacting precision of the Viper's and its large steering wheel and spongy seats didn't win it any fans.

Inside the Viper, things are cramped and there's still no proper dead pedal, but it's fairly easy to find comfort in its heavily bolstered seats, which have suede center sections to keep occupants stuck in place. The dash houses more gauges than you'll find in some racecars, but manages to be well laid out, and the seating position is perfect.

We're also fans of the Viper's signature side exhaust. It's part of what makes a Viper a Viper. It's also the reason God invented long pants. Burning your calf on the sucker is not fun.

The Verdict
And that is why the Viper wins this test. Because it forces you to commit.

Think of it like a bacon and egg breakfast. In a bacon and egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.

Viper buyers take the plunge. They must commit. This car is just flat scary. Loud, rough, hot as hell and faster than a Z06, it wins this test because it deserves to — because it's badass and it's not afraid to admit it.

The Z06 faithful, on the other hand, are simply involved. They walked the fine line between undiluted insanity and marginal practicality and decided that practicality was the better choice. Good for them. Their Z06 is among the quickest street cars ever built, and it'll never burn their legs.

Bottom line: These are very different cars. And the easy and obvious conclusion is this: If you want a daily driver, buy the Vette. If you want the ultimate thrill, buy the Viper.

We say, don't be a chicken.

The manufacturers provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

Second Opinion

Inside Line Editor in Chief Scott Oldham says:
Before we get into this Z06 vs. Viper business, you should know that my $90K would not be spent on either one of them. That money buys me the best Ferrari F355 on the planet, a brand-new Mercedes E63 or an almost new Porsche 911 Turbo. It's also the going rate right now for a mint 1987 Buick GNX.

Actually, there's an entire car collection to be had if you're smart about it. Several muscle cars, a cool old pickup truck, something small and British and a brand-new Mitsubishi Evo X for daily duty could all be had with the same cash. Cumulative smiles would certainly outnumber those supplied by either the Viper or the Vette.

Speaking of which, there aren't two faster two-seaters on American soil. These two cars each run an 11-second quarter-mile (well, almost) and approach 1.0g of grip on our skid pad. Meanwhile, they both have air-conditioning, airbags and satellite radio. This is nothing short of amazing.

However, if you're going to use the car every day and possibly drive it to neighboring states, buy the Vette. Only the Marquis De Sade would commute in the Viper, and last we checked he drove a 1984 Ferrari 308. But if you already have an E63 to drive to work and it's simply a Sunday noisemaker you crave, then it's the Viper you should be rumbling around in.

But you already knew that, didn't you?

In our estimate, supercars are more about the thrill of driving than the thrill of features. Still, being comfortable on the street is a sure sign of a car that's as good every day as it is on the track. We chose features we thought would be important to most buyers in this segment, keeping in mind that getting there comfortably can, at times, be as important as getting there quickly.

Features

Features
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Multiple stability and traction control modes S N/A
Power-adjustable pedals N/A S
Navigation system O O


Key:
S: Standard
O: Optional
N/A: Not Available

Multiple stability and traction control modes: Not everybody is Mario Andretti, and having the assurance of an electronic safety net is critically important for drivers with varying skill levels. A system that offers levels of flexibility, like the Corvette's Competitive Driving Mode, is tremendously valuable to some buyers.

Navigation system: With more and more supercars offering navigation systems, they've become an impossible-to-ignore feature in this segment.

Power adjustable pedals: Finding the perfect driving position is critical in cars this capable. The Viper's adjustable pedals are a tremendous asset.

Final Rankings

Final Rankings
Item Weight 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 2007 Corvette Z06
Personal Rating 5% 75.0% 75.0%
Recommended Rating 5% 50.0% 100.0%
Evaluation Score 10% 73.9% 77.0%
Feature Content 15% 44.4% 55.6%
Performance 50% 100.0% 82.0%
Price 15% 85.3% 100.0%
Total Score 100.0% 83.1% 80.8%
Final Ranking 1 2
$89,745 $78,225

>Personal Rating (5%): Purely subjective. After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference based on which he or she would buy if money were no object.

Recommended Rating (5%): After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference based on which he or she thought would be best for the average consumer shopping in this segment.

26-Point Evaluation (10%): Each participating editor ranked each car based on a comprehensive 30-point evaluation. The evaluation covered everything from exterior design to cupholders. Scoring was calculated on a point system, and the scores listed are averages based on all test participants' evaluations.

Performance Testing (50%): We subjected these cars to our standard set of performance tests — acceleration, braking, slalom and skid pad. Scores were calculated by giving the best car in each category 100 percent. The other car was awarded points based on how close it came to the best-performing car's score.

Feature Content (15%): For this category, the editors picked the top three features they thought would be most beneficial to the consumer shopping in this segment. For each vehicle, the score was based on the number of features it had versus the total possible (three). Standard and optional equipment were taken into consideration.

Price (15%): The numbers listed were the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the least expensive vehicle in the comparison test. Using the "as-tested" prices of the actual evaluation vehicles, the least expensive vehicle received a score of 100, with the remaining vehicle receiving a lesser score based on how much each one costs.

Evaluation - Drive
Evaluation - Ride
Evaluation - Design
Evaluation - Function

Evaluation - Drive

Overall Dynamics
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.9 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.8 1
Engine Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.3 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 9.0 1
Transmission Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.0 1
Brake Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.5 1
Steering Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 9.0 1
Handling
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.5 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 9.0 1
Fun to Drive
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 9.0 1

Evaluation - Ride

Overall Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.2 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.2 2
Ride Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 9.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 2
Wind Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 2
Road Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.5 2
Front Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Rear Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Driving Position
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.0 1

Evaluation - Design

Overall Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.2 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.2 2
Ride Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 9.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 2
Wind Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 2
Road Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.5 2
Front Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Rear Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Driving Position
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.0 1

Evaluation - Design

Overall Design & Build Quality
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.4 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Exterior Design
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.3 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 2
Interior Design
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.5 1
Interior Materials
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Interior Control Tactile Feel
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.5 2
Squeaks & Rattles
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Panel Fitment & Gaps
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1

Evaluation - Function

Overall Function
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.3 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.1 2
Headlamp Illumination
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 1
Visibility
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.0 2
Instrument Panel (IP) Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.5 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.5 1
Climate Control Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.5 1
Audio System Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 2
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 8.0 1
Secondary Control Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 7.0 1
Interior Storage
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 4.0 2
Cupholders
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 7.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 1.0 2
Standard Cargo / Trunk Space
Vehicle Score Rank
2007 Corvette Z06 8.0 1
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe 6.5 2
Dimensions
Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Length, in. 174.6 175.6
Width, in. 72.6 75.2
Height, in. 49.0 47.6
Wheelbase, in. 105.7 98.8
Curb Weight, lbs. 3222 3437
Turning Circle, ft. 39.0 40.5
Interior Dimensions
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Front headroom, in. 38.0 36.5
Rear headroom, in. NA NA
Front shoulder room, in. 55.0 54.1
Rear shoulder room, in. NA NA
Front legroom, in. 43.0 42.4
Rear legroom, in. NA NA

Engine & Transmission Specifications

Engine & Transmission
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Displacement,
liters
7.0 8.4
Engine Type V8 V8
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 505.0 600.0
Max. Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 470.0 560.0
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
EPA Fuel Economy City, mpg 16.0 13.0
EPA Fuel Economy Hwy, mpg 26.0 22.0
Observed Fuel Economy combined, mpg 16.2 12.7

Warranty

Warranty Information
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Roadside Assistance 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion Protection 6 years/100,000 miles 5 years/100,000 miles

Performance

Performance Information
2007 Corvette Z06 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
0-60 mph acceleration, sec. 4.1 3.7
Quarter-mile acceleration, sec. 12.0 11.8
Quarter-mile speed, mph 122.0 125.0
60-0-mph braking, feet 106 104
Lateral Acceleration, g 0.93 0.99
600-ft slalom, mph 70.8 74.2
Vehicle
Model year2008
MakeDodge
ModelViper
StyleSRT-10 2dr Coupe
Base MSRP$84,745
As-tested MSRP$89,745
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV10
Displacement (cc/cu-in)8.4L (8,382cc)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)600 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)560 @ 5,000
Transmission type6-speed manual
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typePower assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport PS2
Tire size, front275/35ZR18 95Y
Tire size, rear345/30ZR19 105Y
Brakes, frontVented disc
Brakes, rearVented disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)2.7
0-60 mph (sec.)3.7
0-75 mph (sec.)5.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.8 @ 125.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)104
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)74.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.99
Sound level @ idle (dB)60.6
@ Full throttle (dB)91.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsBrute-force engine is never subtle. Louder, more powerful (and worse-sounding) than the Z06. Tall 1st gear makes launching Viper easier than anticipated. Tranny is high effort and requires strong, deliberate movement.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsPowerful, consistent and intuitive brake pedal. Quiet ABS.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, the Viper refuses to balance on the edge of oversteer. It won't hold a constant slip angle with the rear tires. It's either understeering or spinning out. Still, with R-compound rubber, it can understeer its way to a good number. Through the slalom, I never thought I'd say it, but this big, powerful, heavy car is awfully precise. Again, sticky tires (and super-stiff suspension) make it so. Feels like when it "goes" there will be no catching it, which is what happens on the skid pad.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (F)90.6
Wind (mph, direction)0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)13 city/22 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,450
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,437
Length (in.)175.6
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)47.6
Wheelbase (in.)98.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)Not applicable
Headroom, front (in.)36.5
Headroom, rear (in.)Not applicable
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)Being Researched
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not applicable
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeChevrolet
ModelCorvette
StyleZ06 2dr Hatchback (7.0L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$70,000
As-tested MSRP$77,530
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)7L
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)505 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)470 @ 4,800
Transmission type6-speed manual
Chassis
Suspension, frontDouble-wishbone
Suspension, rearDouble-wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1
Tire size, frontP325/30ZR19 87Y
Tire size, rearP325/30ZR19 94Y
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)2.8
0-60 mph (sec.)4.1
0-75 mph (sec.)5.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.0 @ 121.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.93
Sound level @ idle (dB)57.9
@ Full throttle (dB)88.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWhat an engine. The LS7 manages to have tons of torque down low, yet still revs high enough to be involving when driving at high rpm. It's eager above 6,000 rpm, unlike most engines this large. Launches are easy to manage with the long-travel throttle pedal, which makes wheelspin easier to control.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsImpressively short stops, but not quite as good as Viper. Still, with tires as sticky as the Viper's it would be right there in this and other tests.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsIt's very easy to sense the limit and drive right to it in the Z06. It communicates well despite being softer than the Viper. Transitions suffer, however. Z06 simply isn't as sharp or quick-responding as the Viper. Still, this is likely a worthwhile compromise on the street.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (F)89.9
Wind (mph, direction)5.3
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3132
Length (in.)175.6 in
Width (in.)75.9 in
Height (in.)49.0 in
Wheelbase (in.)105.7 in
Legroom, front (in.)43.1 in
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)37.9 in
Headroom, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)22.4 cu-ft
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)22.4 cu-ft
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
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