In their latest review of the car, Motor Trend says the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is “without question, doubt, or hesitation the best Viper ever made.” Those words come from journalist Jonny Lieberman, who recently drove the Viper ACR in a triple-test at the track that also included the C7 Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 GT3 RS – two of the ACR’s main rivals in the track-day supercar segment.
Lieberman previously reviewed the latest edition of the Viper ACR in a Head 2 Head episode for YouTube in which he and MT’s resident racing driver Randy Pobst laid heavy praise upon it. It won handily over the C7 Corvette Z06 in a time-based race around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Lieberman and Pobst had no shortage of praise to give the car for its approachable driving characteristics.
Surprisingly, the Z06 came back for more following that whooping, but this time the Porsche tagged along as well. Much like the Z06 is to the Stingray, the GT3 RS is the track-day special of the 911 range and comes complete with carbon fiber ceramic brakes, functioning aerodynamics and some extra power on tap. You’d assume a $203,115 track-ready Porsche would be enough to dethrone the old-school Viper, but you’d be wrong.
The Viper ACR posted the fastest lap time around Laguna Seca this time around, too, with a lap of 1:30.46. The Porsche was second with a time of 1:33.05 and the Corvette was third, returning a time of 1:33.29. Pobst against praised the Viper for its planted feel, while criticizing the Corvette for its lack of grip. The Porsche got points for its preciseness, but MT prefers the standard GT3 to the hardcore GT3 RS, relegating it to second place in this three-way shootout.
Now that the Viper ACR has pushed aside both the 911 GT3 RS and C7 Corvette Z06, it must find a new challenger to dethrone it as the king of the sub $1,000,000 supercars. We hear Nissan has a pretty serious version of the R35 GT-R in the works..