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Old 12-28-2006, 05:10 PM   #1
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Viper Bites 2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp

Viper Bites
2008 SRT10 promises 600 hp

By MAC MORRISON

AutoWeek | Published 12/28/06, 12:00 pm et


The eternal battle between Corvette and Viper will evolve again this summer, when the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 arrives well ahead of Chevrolet’s Corvette SS “Blue Devil” supercar expected as a 2009 model.

Significant changes are signaled by the hood, which features a larger scoop and six new louvers designed to improve ventilation. When AutoWeek readers first spied test Vipers with this multi-ported hood last summer (“Killer Snake,” June 12, 2006), we speculated that Dodge might be working with Michigan-based American Specialty Cars to develop the McLaren-tuned Diamondback Viper featured on the ASC display at the 2006 Detroit auto show. Dodge says there is no connection between this Viper and the Diamondback, but SRT did go to the same specialists at McLaren Performance Technologies, as well as the tuners at Ricardo Inc., to put extra venom in this new Viper.
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AutoWeek reader, Leo Werberg, captured this spy shot over the summer.

Extra underhood cooling is necessary to bleed off heat from the aluminum block V10, which receives a one mm larger bore to raise displacement from 8.3- to 8.4-liters. New cylinder heads, larger valves and variable exhaust valve timing—a Viper first—are part of an engine revision package that produces a staggering 600 hp, 90-hp more than the previous model. Torque rises by 25 lb-ft, to 560. The factory claims sub-four second 0-to-60-mph capability, and says the snake will run from 0-100-0-mph in the 12-second range.


Besides the engine mods, Viper receives a smaller twin-disc clutch that reduces rotating inertia and pedal effort, and a revised Tremec six-speed gearbox with stronger gears to handle the torque increase. The gearbox also utilizes different synchros and is connected to a new short-throw shifter. Brakes and suspension carry over, but a new GKN Visco-Lok limited-slip differential promises improved traction.


The 2008 Viper goes on sale this summer with a minor price increase expected over the current $86,995, keeping it well under the “Blue Devil’s” anticipated six-figure sticker. But with rumors suggesting the mega-Vette will push as much as 650 hp, General Motors might regain the upper hand as the American exotic car tete-a-tete continues unabated.

Your move, Chevy.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:44 PM   #2
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Mopar will always be in 2nd place

Even my buddy with a 2005 Viper says he'd rather have the C6 Z06 for everyday driving
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:57 PM   #3
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The carbon fiber 675 Horse with 600 Torque is the Blue Devil Eater {Special Viper}. But both are sweet. Unfortunatley with ZO6 roof panels blowing off, Valves dropping and wiping out engines, Crank bearings wiping out, Half shafts breaking and rears blowing...
GM needs to get a grip if they do not want Toyota as the "Largest Car Company On The Planet" . Please GM do not let this happen.
AND BUILD THE VOLT NOW!
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:31 PM   #4
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I'd take the ZO6 ANYDAY over the Viper.

I prefer the looks and the everday driveability of the Vette.
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:42 AM   #5
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I'd take the ZO6 ANYDAY over the Viper.

I prefer the looks and the everday driveability of the Vette.
I agree I have ridden in both cars. Z06 all the way. unfortunatly i was not allowed to drive either.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:45 AM   #6
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viper and corvette look like the same car
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:38 AM   #7
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:25 PM   #8
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You bring that 675hp Viper, put it up against the Callaway Corvette, and there is no viper anywere that will run with it. Only a few a year are made. Or the new Callaway C16 Corvette. Nothing is gonna touch it. I am Corvette all the way.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:29 PM   #9
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viper and corvette look like the same car
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Old 01-16-2007, 03:29 PM   #10
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the original viper did not look like a vette.
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Old 01-16-2007, 04:34 PM   #11
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viper and corvette look like the same car
They look nothing alike one looks like a snake the other looks like it is drawing from modern aeronautical themes in military jets.
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They have some similarities, but IMO look nothing alike.
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I would also take a corvette over a viper any day. The only thing stopping me is my wallet.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:22 PM   #14
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viper and corvette look like the same car
I know it's already been said, no they don't.
Here's a side profile of each of them to help prove the point.






As you can see, the Z06 is CLEARLY the better-looking car. Not to mention fastest.
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:59 AM   #15
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Deaaaammmnnn...That is a sweet Viper. Personally, I'd take one of these...


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i am sure that anyone who has tried to drive a viper in a performance arena can attest, power is the least of tha cars problems. the viper is a beautiful example of modern styling and the V10 delivers tons to torque on demand. the problem is that the car does not launch well in a straight line and becomes very fidgetty at teh slightest attempt to approach the limits of it's performance.
i would recomend refining the chassis and the set up long before worrying about finding more power.
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let the american muscle wars begin....
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The carbon fiber 675 Horse with 600 Torque is the Blue Devil Eater {Special Viper}. But both are sweet. Unfortunatley with ZO6 roof panels blowing off, Valves dropping and wiping out engines, Crank bearings wiping out, Half shafts breaking and rears blowing...
GM needs to get a grip if they do not want Toyota as the "Largest Car Company On The Planet" . Please GM do not let this happen.
AND BUILD THE VOLT NOW!


FYI Toyota had more recalls as a percentage of vehicles produced then GM did last year. And, a higher percentage of Toyota's recalls were over safety related issues then GM.

Dometics have traditionally had higher recall rates, simply for the fact that they had more cars on the road.

Now that the imports are catching up with domestics in terms of total registeded vehicles, their recall rates are catching up as well.

The myth of Japanese superiority is dying a slow painful death.
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I'd take a Z06 over a Viper Anyday. The corvette is a Much nicer car. IMHO
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