The Viper is a very tight niche vehicle at a relatively stout price. It therefore sells in tiny numbers for a major car manufacturer. The 'vette is far bigger in numbers sold, but still is very limited production by GM standards.
I will buy the C6 Z06, I can tell ya that!
Whatever the future holds for the 'vette, I'm betting it's exciting and will remain accessible. Bang for the bucks. I'm hoping more bang and not more bucks.
I am going for the C6 Z06 though. I have a good intuition about it.
Hi Ben and welcome!!!!! Good to hear from Pa./phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif I do not think Chevy will do a thing, they make 30,000 Vettes and I believe they produce 3500 Vipers, so if Chevy is not losing market sales they will probably choose not to compete with Viper. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif
I love my Z and plan to keep it for a long time. However, my next car will probably be the new Viper in 4-5 years. By then I should be working at a Wall Street law firm, provided the economy turns around. Since money shouldn't be a problem, I may keep my Z also. If Chevy boosts the horsepower to 500, like the Viper, and the C6 is really hot looking, who knows what I will do, though. That upcoming V10 Porsche sounds pretty cool too. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
When MT recently queried Dave Hill on the potential of the C6 in comparison to the Viper, he replied that GM was interested in "balanced performance" and was "not in an all-out horsepower race with Chrysler". To which the MT editor's snide remark was, "spoken like a man with 2 fewer cylinders to play with"! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
Welcome to the forum...think you will like it here.
Interesting topic...It will be difficult for the V8 to compete with a V10. Personally I have always loved the American V8 engine. Look back at the classic muscle of the 60's.
Ford 427, Chrysler 426 Wedge & Hemi, Pontiac 421, Chevy 396, 427, etc. etc. All V-8 power! Any more than 8 cylinders, and I'll take a V-12 Ferrrari over anything else (money aside). Just my two sense. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
thanks for the warm introduction guys...I currently am driving a 2000 M coupe, but I'm thinking about moving up to the Z06. In terms of value per dollar for a sports car, there is nothing that comes close (although I love my M coupe). It would really be great if the muscle car era came back. I would have hated to have been a car enthusiast in the early-mid 70s. Anyway, just saying hi.. Take a look at my current ride.
I don't think Chevy sees the Viper as real competition, nor does Chrysler view the Vette as competition for the Viper. It costs about 50% more new, is hard to get (very limited production). I don' think Chrysler views the Viper as a profitable vehicle to make.
As for your current car, I remember the old saying if you can't say something nice - don't say anything. It does have a very nice finish. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
_________________ Pictures of my black 2001 Z06 Corvette
A friend and I shopped the Viper before buying the Z06 and I think the General would have to degrade several attributes to compete with it. More muscle in the same package is not hitting my hot buttons.
Granted, I know that this thread is more about the HP issue than anything else.. But am I the only one who doesn't like the looks of the new Viper? Wow, that side scoop is a disaster! What's with the sharp angle of the scoop on an otherwise-rounded body? Looks like crap to me!
...And I'm no hater of the Viper. The current hardtop (GTS? GTR?) is BEAUTIFUL to me! Very, very strong-looking. (Not a huge fan of the cheap-looking chrome wheels -- but the mesh ones are sweet.)
It's always sad to me when the redesign of a car is nowhere as nice as the previous model, and I think this is a prime example.