Although the Dodge Viper ACR and the Chevy Corvette Z06 are basically tweaked variants of regular sports cars while the Ford GT is a unique machine, these three models share plenty of similarities.
They may all be fitted with different engines but their power outputs are pretty much similar. That said, Ford has the most top-notch engine with its six cylinders and a pair of turbochargers whereas the Viper’s huge 8.4L V10 seems like something from a whole different time.
Meanwhile, the Chevy is equipped with a supercharged V9 with direct injection and cylinder deactivation. When you put all their output figures side-by-side, you’ll notice that there is just five horsepower that separates them. That said, Ford’s smaller-displacement engine has 100 lb-ft of torque less compared to the Chevy and 50 lower than the ACR.
Ford definitely leads with its 216 mph while the Viper settles at 177mph. Although the Corvette Z06’s top speed is not disclosed, it’s expected to be around 200mph.
What about the Extra Sprinkles?
Ford also leads when it comes to suspension adjustability with its electronic control of the GT’s high-end Multimatic dampers, spring rates and ride height. So, this allows it to be lowered closer to the ground which would greatly enhance its cornering capabilities.
However, the Viper ACR will need tools and some knowledge on suspension tuning just to adjust its suspension. It does come with many options but unlike the Ford GT, it doesn’t allow the driver to make changes on-the-go.
It’s also quite tricky to adjust the Corvette Z06’s suspension. Its Magnetic Ride Control suspension allows altering between more comfortable or more track-centered handling settings with the drive-mode selection toggle but it lacks in tuning height and has less adjustability compared to the Viper ACR.
Let the Numbers Do the Talking
Although we still haven’t seen these trio on the track together, Ford claims that its GT is capable of beating a Ferrari 458 Speciale and a McLaren 675 LT on a Canadian race track which means it may have some serious lap time figures.
That said, the Viper ACR is currently leading in the US production-car league. Car and Driver’s testing at Virginia International Raceway revealed that the Dodge recorded 2:44.4 while the Chevy fell slightly short at 2:44.6.
These models are all pretty much closely matched but it’s possible that the Ford GT may be the most advanced of the lot. Its entirely bespoke platform and its price of $450,000 may be its victory elements.