Some might not consider a Corvette or a Viper to be in the supercar category. But, no matter the label, these high-performance sports cars are ready for a matchup in this latest edition of Auction Dilemma. Read on as we compare a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to a 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Both cars are up for auction on Bring a Trailer.
2011 Chevy Corvette Z06
There are few vehicles as iconic as a Vette; it’s a name that speaks for itself. And, when in Z06 form, it offers a healthy performance notch above the base Corvette. This 2011 C6 is a Supersonic Blue Metallic special edition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Corvette’s first race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While Chevy has planned to make 500 of the Carbon Limited Editions, only 252 were built. This car’s near-pristine condition is no doubt due to just 18,000 miles on the clock. Notably, the vehicle history report shows a since-repaired accident in the right rear area.
Mouth-watering power comes from a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 factory rated for 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed stick handles the rear wheels. This adds up to 3.8-second time to 60 mph, according to Motor Trend.
Matching the exterior’s cleanness is the condition of the ebony leather and microfiber interior. Blue stitching, carbon-fiber trim, and Carbon Edition badging also accent the cabin. Onboard goodies include heated power seats, automatic cruise control, and a Bose audio system.
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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10
While a Viper doesn’t have the Corvette’s legacy, it’s equally recognizable for in-your-face looks and brutish performance. The phrase “a bull in a china shop” is an apt description of the Viper. This Viper Silver Metallic 2009 model shares some common things with its Auction Dilemma counterpart. It has very low mileage (13,000 miles), is exceptionally clean, and is a limited-production special edition. In this case, the Viper is #37 out of 100 VOIX models made to mark the 10th anniversary of the Viper Owner Invitational event.
Of course, the massive 8.4-liter V-10 is what makes a Viper a Viper. This car is not about subtlety as backed up by 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. You’d think this power (and a six-speed manual/rear-wheel-drive setup) would have it smoking the Z06. Well, that’s where this comparison gets interesting. Edmunds recorded a similar Viper’s performance at 3.7 seconds for a 0-60 sprint. So, despite its larger engine and output numbers, the Viper barely edges the Z06.
While original Vipers were more barebones in the cabin, the car had stepped up its game later, including in 2009. So, this interior benefits from black leather seating with gray suede inserts, air conditioning, navigation, and a CD audio system.
From their near six-figure original price tags to almost identical acceleration stats, both the Vette and Viper offer different ways of doing the same thing. It’s more a question of what kind of tool you prefer; the Chevy’s preciseness or the “blunt instrument” nature of the Dodge.
There are five days left for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 auction, which has a $41,500 current high bid. The 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 auction has a $44,000 best offer and will end in one day.
Sources: bringatrailer.com, corvsport.com