Since 2020 the sports car most talked about throughout car enthusiast circles must be the Corvette C8. A car that has followed the line with all the other top-end sports cars. For the first time in the ‘Vette’s history the motor was moved to the middle of the car, directly behind the cockpit. This improves the weight distribution of the car, focuses the inertia from the engine, and makes this car a top contender for consumers that want some muscle with their handling.
The Dodge Viper ACR on the other hand is an old-school sports car that was ahead of its time. The engine of this car was also placed in the middle of the car, but it was still in front of the cockpit. It was just pushed back farther than the average engine install. This helped with weight balance, inertia, and made it the go-to car between 1992 (1999 for ACR) and 2017.
Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons that we would choose a dodges Viper over a Corvette any day of the week.
8th The Viper ACR Is More Reliable
Reliability is one of the biggest aspects of owning a car that we all look at. It does not matter how gorgeous the car is, or how much the rumbling of the engine can exhilarate—if the car is breaking down more often than not, it is nothing more than an expensive toy. Corvette owners know all too well that their cars were not designed with dependability in mind.
In fact, consumer reports recently stated that the C8 had made one of their lists worth noting. It was ranked as #7 out of all sports cars priced over $40,000…the number seven least-reliable sports car of 2022. Not a title that any car wants, but the C8 must wear for the rest of its life.
The Dodge Viper, on the other hand, was made with parts from other vehicles in their lines, so they were easily replaced if they did break down, which was not very often if maintained properly. The costliest part of owning an ACR, other than buying, is the cost to repair or replace the body parts that get damaged when an inexperienced driver tries to open the car up farther than they can handle.
7 The Viper ACR Has Had Fewer Recalls
The good thing about recalls is that the car manufacturer will repair the issue on their dime. The bad is that it is a problem that every car that fits into the bracket has. The Viper ACR has only had one recall logged thanks to an issue with the airbag when it deployed, causing it to detach, rather than stay in place where it is needed.
The Corvette, though, had a few more. Recalls for the C8 started from the first year of production and have continued. Electrical issues spanned numerous areas of the vehicle. Trunk latches not working correctly, making it possible for the trunk, or engine bay, covers to open and fly off. Seat belt issues prevented them from latching in times of a crash. And a sensor that controls the brakes would not communicate properly to the system, making it harder for the brake pedal to be pushed down. At high speeds, a non-functioning brake could cause a disaster, as could a piece of the car flying off.
6 The Viper ACR Is A True Race Car
When it comes down to it, both of these cars are meant to race. They were not designed to be daily driven cars that could be used to get groceries in. The ACR package already removed a few things, but the “Hardcore Package” reduced the weight of the Viper even more. After all, luxuries are not needed when in a race. There will never be a need to change the song on the radio when maxing out around a track, or on the strip.
The Viper relies more upon the skills of the driver, and less on technology that helps it be driven, unlike the C8, which has loads of tech integrated into the plush cockpit, leather accenting around the dash and center console, seats that can be special ordered, and a knob to switch how the car drives. A knob to drive! This muscle car enthusiast would much rather leave the tech to the inexperienced, taking on the Viper like a true driver. Just the car and driver as one, which is what a true race car should be like.
5 The Viper ACR Has More Torque
When it comes to racing, the horsepower of the engine is important, as is the torque. Torque perhaps more so because it’s what spins the tires. The higher the torque is, the quicker off the line the car will be. It also helps in long curved tracks because accelerating off a corner is imperative to winning.
The Corvette has a pavement pounding torque of 470ftlbs, which is impressive in itself. The ACR, though, produces an earth shattering 600ftlbs of torque. No wonder the Viper can accelerate faster than the ‘Vette.
4 The Viper ACR Has More Power
The torque rating of a car is more important than the horsepower when it comes to accelerating, but without power, there will be no torque. Racers from around the world will argue that horsepower is more important than torque. Others say the opposite. No matter which way we all sway in the argument, the Corvette C8 still does not stack up to the ACR.
The C8 can pound out 495 hp, giving it more than most vehicles on the road today. Not more than the Viper, though. The Dodge creates a mind-blowing 645 horses from under the hood. It is so high that many people wonder why it is street legal.
3 A More Aggressive Design
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When comparing the ACR to the C8 a few things can be said, if it is not already apparent. The ‘Vette looks like a mixed-bred version of a Mustang and Ferrari. The pointy front end is taken from the Italian carmaker, and the sides came from the ‘Stang, just backwards. Perhaps that means that the C8 is meant to drive backwards, instead of ahead at break necking speed.
The Viper has its own unique style, especially when the front air dam and rear spoiler are present. The front reminds of a predator ready to pounce, fortunately for most cars, all they get to see is the rear end as it sucks down into the pavement, daring all that follow to try and catch up.
2 The Viper ACR Is Lighter In The Hips
Gearheads that have been on a racetrack, or been talked into a street race, know all too well how weight affects the acceleration of a car. The more weight a car has, the more power and torque it needs to rocket down the road. Straight off the production line the Viper already ways less than many other sports cars today, which includes the C8.
The Dodge Viper weighs a modest 3374 pounds, while the Corvette weighs in at 3535. It may not seem like a ton, but when in the heat of a race a few hundred pounds of difference makes a substantial difference. Losing some weight from the hips would definitely improve the performance of the ‘Vette. It is thought that maybe they should stop worrying so much about adding luxuries and concentrate on what having a performance car truly means.
1 Why We Won’t: The Viper ACR Is More Expensive
Being more affordable is something that can be hard to figure out when the two vehicles are not of the same decade. The original asking prices can be compared to each other, but since the Viper is a classic car that is sought after by collectors the cost of a used ACR is through the roof, averaging between $150,000 and $200,000.
Currently, a top-line C8, one worthy of being a supercar, would cost around $112,000…give or take a few thousand. The base model, on the other hand, will set you back just about $60,000. This makes the Corvette a much better bang for the buck when it comes to the sheer performance-to-price ratio.
Saying that we would choose the Dodge Viper ACR over the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is by no means saying that the ‘Vette is a bad sports car. In fact, they are both impressive examples of cars that can go beast mode in a matter of seconds. It is simply stated because the numbers do not lie, and the specs speak for themselves. This old-school car guy would much rather have a Viper sitting in the driveway and would leave the C8 for those that need all the tech they can get to help them win.