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Video Shows Viper TA Stomping a 2015 Corvette Z06 Over and Over

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is marketed as the most track capable Corvette ever, but as the first units have begun reaching buyers around the country, a video has surfaced showing the new Z06 racing a Dodge Viper TA on the open road – and getting beaten very, very badly every time.

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an awesome machine and at the root of the most track capable Corvette ever is a new, supercharged LT4 V8 that delivers 650 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. That is quite a step up from the 640 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque offered by the 2014 Dodge Viper TA, and with the basic Corvette Stingray giving the Viper such a strong run in pretty much every competition – it seemed that the Z06 would be the Vette to finally slay the Viper.

Well, the first race between a 2015 Corvette Z06 and a current generation Dodge Viper has hit the internet and frankly, the results are mind blowing. The Viper beats the C7 Z06 and it does so in very convincing form.

Viper Versus Z06 – Round 1
This new video shows a collection of races between a factory stock 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe and a factory stock 2014 Dodge Viper TA. The first few runs have the two American supercars racing from a roll, starting at 40 to 60 miles per hour and letting off when the Viper hits some crazy high speeds. On the 5th run, we get to see a drag race from a stop up to 155 miles per hour and like the first four, this is shot from the Viper’s perspective and in every case – the Viper beats the Vette very convincingly.

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On the 6th run, we jump over to the Corvette Z06 which then has a passenger and that added weight only seems to make things worse, as the Viper pulls away in a big hurry. Finally, the final run is more of the same, with the Mopar supercar handing “Big Nasty” a big beating.

Why is the Viper Winning?
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a touch more power and a ton more torque than the 2014 Viper TA, the Viper does have the curb weight advantage with the Vette weighing 3,524lbs while the Viper tips the scales at just 3,390lbs. That 134 pound difference between the two gives the Viper a power to weight ratio advantage that plays a big part in the outcome of these races, although you would think that the Corvette’s massive torque advantage would allow the Z06 to at least be a little more competitive than the races shown here.

I also have to wonder if there might be a difference in skill levels between the person behind the wheel of the Corvette Z06 and the person driving the Viper. As you watch the video, take special notice of how obvious the shift points are for the Corvette. You can see the nose dip mid-shift at the same times as the Viper jumps out ahead in big chunks, but when watching from the Corvette view, you can barely see the Viper shifts in the body movement of the vehicle. That leads me to believe that the Viper is being driven better and in a race this tight - that is the best advantage to have.

So kick back, relax and enjoy this video showing the Dodge Viper TA beating the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe seven times.

Image captured from the video above.


yoyoyooy (not verified)    December 8, 2014 - 2:24PM

whoa, worst shifting ever from that Z06... at 1:20 in the video the z06 jumps ahead by connecting two good fast shifts... then he goes back to shifting like a grandma.... 7 speeds is too much for that grampa.

Vman (not verified)    December 8, 2014 - 6:15PM

Like bad shifting was done purposely. Considering the ZR1 beat this viper and the new Z06 is faster than the ZR1 makes one believe this was Dodge's desperate attempt at regaining ailing sales plagueing the company.

Joe (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 1:28PM

In reply to by Vman (not verified)

I agree. I like the Viper and all, but anyone with even 1/4th of a brain knows that the Vette is faster than the Viper. Especially, when they are already at a roll with the torque advantage. Notice how there was also no clear sound in the video to mask the fact that the Vette was probably not being floored. Dodge does need to get back to the drawing board, but again, when they're both in the hands of Randy Pobst or the same driver in general the true results will come out. They'll be very different and unbiased. Either way I'd take both, but the Vette would be my first choice.

Edward Catanzaro (not verified)    April 9, 2015 - 11:12AM

In reply to by Vman (not verified)

This was not the Viper that the ZR-1 beat. This is the new T/A Viper and at Leguna Seca it was retested and defeated the ZR-1 by arriving at a new world record. Yes thats right a new record which bests the record set by the ZR-1 previously. The difference was suspension setup. Just face it there are two cars that are just super. Enjoy the show.

Tecky (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 10:14AM

track capable != drag racer

Lets actually see them both in the corners with pro drivers behind the wheels, that would be a fun one to watch.

fanboy112 (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 12:03PM

So this is the most competent track Corvette ever shifting slow and in a straight line over and over. Where is the track? This was a street drag race and who was driving? Clearly this was done by someone wanting the Viper to win. Put it on the track with equal drivers (give names and stats to prove it please). Then we will have a real comparison. Get real.

Brian Lively (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 4:14PM

In reply to by fanboy112 (not verified)

Yeah, you're the one who needs to get real. You and a bunch of other butthurt corvette fanboys will find any excuse as to how the corvette shouldn't have lost. The viper has a superior power to weight ratio as stated in the article. And as for the driver, he was shifting just fine. And even if you had a pro driver in the driver's seat of this vette it will still lose! Viper came out on top dude, accept it and give credit where it's due. And to those saying the zr1 is faster than the viper in a straight line, you're wrong. They are dead even until the viper reaches the higher gears. It's definitely not faster than the viper TA, as that car ran an 11.3 et in the quarter mile compared to the zr1's 11.4. Want proof? Go to Motortrend.

keylon (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 12:18AM

In reply to by Brian Lively (not verified)

Brian u made it obvious that you dont know squat about cars. They way the corvette driver was shifting, he made it look like the viper had an auto matic and we all know that aint possible. You actually sound like a fanboy if u think this was a legitimate race. When some authentic races pop up it will be a valid slaughter against the viper and I like the viper

Morgan (not verified)    December 11, 2014 - 11:18AM

In reply to by Brian Lively (not verified)

The whole reason why the TA was built in the first place was for a butthurt Ralph Gilles seeing his GTS get beat on by the C6. Just wait and pick up next month's Motor Trend for test numbers. I'm sure it will be in there

A. Nonymous (not verified)    September 22, 2021 - 8:40AM

In reply to by Brian Lively (not verified)

If that is what it takes to prove conclusively that the Viper can beat the Vette, then why not do it? If you have the same professional driver do 1/4 or 1/8 mile in both and post the times side by side, and the Viper beats the Vette every time, then that puts it to bed. Or do Mythbusters style, and do like 10 runs on each, and show the totals for each, and the average, even better. One video with questions does not mean "any excuse".

RBN (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 1:54PM

Vman - 'ailing sales plagueing the company.' What?! Do you follow the news? FCA is kicking a** and taking numbers with their sales this year.

shadow (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 8:18PM

Corvette iis just a cheap imitation of the Viper, i have seen a Z06 get blown away by a Chrysler 300c awd lost by at least 3 car lengths

Nick (not verified)    December 9, 2014 - 10:37PM

In reply to by shadow (not verified)

Common stop drinking that hater-aid you know the Z06 is a Viper spanker
Stop eating peanut butter and jealousy sandwiches and go drive your 4 cyl Chrysler hahahahahaha

Joe (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 5:29PM

In reply to by shadow (not verified)

An imitation, really? Let's see, the Corvette's been out since 1953. Whether you like it or not, the Viper was created to have another American sports car alongside the Corvette. Pleases use fact not opinion?

Mobile (not verified)    March 22, 2015 - 10:41PM

In reply to by Joe (not verified)

The vette was to be discontinued after t-bird kicked its --s and a lot of them since were way heavy and a dog, wake up people. Just look at the hp to weight ratio. Mopar has always been the hp leader--------------------------Hemi------

304 (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 5:44AM

You do realize they said "TRACK CAPABLE" Corvette....They didnt say "DRAG RACE CAPABLE" also they didnt say it would win every single race any random person would put it in. Congrats on winning in a drag race with a Viper...Go to a track and see who wins......

Lee Douglas (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 8:45AM

One issue everyone is forgetting is that the parasitic losses associated with running a supercharger have a huge effect on horsepower/torque to the wheels. GM's claim of 650 hp/tq is extremely misleading. Put the two cars on the dyno and see what the results are. Then factor in the weight advantage of the Viper etc. and see where you're at.

Joe (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 5:33PM

What's also interesting is that some new posts are stating that GM possibly downplayed the Z06's actual power output numbers. Check out Vengeance Racing's dyno numbers and how they translate to actual engine output. Just wait when both cars are driven side by side by professional, unbiased drivers and the story will unfold.

Joe (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 5:57PM

Here is another interesting fact. The Viper TA did 1:33.62 vs the ZR1's 1:33.69 at Mazda Laguna Seca. The track is 2.238 miles in length with 11 turns. The 2015 Z06 did 1:30.18 on Mazda Road Atlanta, a 2.54 mile track with 12 turns. It seems that Dodge was working so hard at beating an outgoing car that they forgot Chevy was developing the new Z06 which isn't the top Vette. Poor Dodge, back to the drawing board, again. Now I know the track is different, but we all know the Z06 is faster than the outgoing ZR1. At least America wins on both fronts, buit the Corvette wins on this front.

Shadow (not verified)    December 10, 2014 - 6:10PM

You Chevy Boys do realize that the Viper is a T/A I believe that is also the track package for the Viper, so corvette looses again whats new oh yeah nothing

gm funding tax payer (not verified)    December 13, 2014 - 1:16AM

the real truth comes out the vette can only make 1 pull then the eec cuts power for emissions LOL.

J prince (not verified)    December 26, 2014 - 9:02PM

Corvette people live in their own world. Chevy people also live in their own world. None which is the real world. Not saying the corvette is not a good car it's just that the people that own them need to stop making up excuses and completely denying it when their precious car gets whipped.

RY (not verified)    February 23, 2015 - 11:42AM

The Vette is just a disappointment on all levels. If your looking for a cheap, mass produced sports car, then the Vette is spot-on. Otherwise, it is humorous to see people who then wonder why the C7 and Zo6 are getting beat by almost everything out there. "Put it on the track", cmon now. Probably 80% of people who buy TA's and Zo6 will never see the track. Besides MotorTrend actually took the rear spoiler off the Zo6 to make it handle better...where have you ever seen a magazine reviewer take parts off a new car to make it perform better? Only on a Vette...again, disappointing.