American Muscle is on full display in this video Jalopnik called “the drag race America demanded.” That is certainly true for Corvette fans who saw what happened when a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package went up against a Viper TA in seven different roll races and lost.
In this race which takes place on the controlled environment of a drag strip, we got an example of a base aero Corvette Z06 (base splitter, no rocker panels and smaller rear spoiler) but still packing the potent 6.2L supercharged LT4 making 650 hp.
The track-focused Viper TA remains an elusive target for Chevrolet’s Z06. With an 8.4 liter V10 making 640 horsepower, the super snake also has the benefit of weighing about 100 pounds less than its crosstown rival and with only 1320 feet of drag strip, any advantage helps.
In this video, the Viper appears to get the better launch why we see the Z06 appear to bog. But once the Corvette gets some grip under the meaty Michelins, its blasts down the strip, overtaking the Viper and beating it with a run of 11.75 seconds at 124.35 compared to the TA’s 12.17 seconds at 122.97 mph.
We doubt this is the last word on the subject but we sure are enjoying the renewed rivalry between the Viper TA and the Corvette Z06.