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While the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will likely prove to be the performance leader in the American supercar segment, adding a bit more power to the Corvette Stingray in the near future could allow the far less expensive Chevy sports car to knock off the mighty Dodge Viper in almost any performance venue.

This story is reported by Patrick Rall for TorqueNews.com, titled GM Could Beat the Viper with a Slightly More Powerful 2016 Corvette Stingray.

When the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was introduced for the 2014 model year, it was instantly compared to the 2013 SRT Viper. Even though the Stingray packs almost 200 less horsepower and costs about half as much as the Viper, the lack of real competition for either the Corvette or the Viper in the American market led to many publications pitting these two US sports cars head to head. Surprisingly, the C7 Stingray held its own, often beating the SRT Viper in the areas of skid pad handling, slalom handling and braking while losing in the races that focused the most on power, such as 0-60 and quarter mile times.

While it is all but certain that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will beat the Dodge Viper in every way when it arrives with 650 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, there is a chance that adding a bit more power to the “normal” Corvette could allow Stingray owners to outrun Viper owners in every venue.

Why Would GM Pack More Power into the Corvette Stingray?
The 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by a new LT1 V8 that packs 455 or 460 horsepower depending on whether or not the high performance exhaust system is chosen. This puts it well below the 640hp Viper and that huge differential in power was why the Stingray failed to adequately challenge the mighty Viper in quarter mile races and 0-60 times. The Stingray beat the Viper in the slalom, the skid pad and in braking distances so while adding a bit more power wont allow the C7 “base” Corvette to beat the Viper down the drag strip – adding more power could allow the new Corvette a very real chance or outrunning the Viper on a road course.

But you might be asking yourself – “If the 2015 Corvette Z06 is going to beat the Viper so handily, why would GM want to increase the power of the Corvette Stingray?”

Well, with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro set to introduce us to the 6th generation of the classic GM muscle car, we can expect to see the LT1 V8 from the current Corvette under the hood of the upcoming Camaro SS. Some folks are hoping to see power ratings in the area of 460-475hp from the Camaro SS, but GM wouldn’t make the Camaro SS more powerful than the Corvette Stingray. However, if the company made some tweaks to increase the output of the Corvette Stingray up to 480-500 horsepower, it would leave a comfortable gap between itself and the Z06 while also distancing itself from the Camaro SS. Most importantly, that extra 10% of horsepower could allow Stingray owners to better challenge the far more expensive Vipers in almost any battle.

Although the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will handle the SRT/Dodge Viper, it would make for some serious bragging rights if the “base” Corvette would pose a bigger threat to the $100,000+ Viper. This means that folks who pay $60,000 for a future C7 Stingray could go head to head with drivers of the $125,000+ SRT Viper GTS and have a very real chance of winning the race.
 

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I get increasing the HP in the Stingray to keep it above the Camaro SS. But, challenging the Viper would be more of an unintended consequence.

The real beauty of the Corvette, at least in base form, is that it's a working man's sports car and built in America. The Viper has always played in more "rarified air". So, bump the Stingray HP, but keep the price increases incremental.
 

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Another possible variable <wish> for a ~500hp non-aspirated C7 would be... hello Grand Sport Stingray?!! :p
 

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The hard part would actually be finding a NEW viper to race! They are as rare as unicorns & elves! The new corvette is everywhere!!! :p
 

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While I have no proof, I think it's a given that we will see power bumps in probably the 17 model year for both the Stingray and the Z. While they may all be different cars, aimed at different audiences Chevy will have to play the horsepower games at least a little bit to keep up with the Jones (hellcat, mustang, new NSX out soon, etc). No choice really but to raise the Stingray to 475-500 and the Z closer to 700 if not further.

The real question is do you consider leaving the base car where it is, bump the Z to 700 or more and then slot in a grand sport type of vette as a middle tier? Keep the stingray price constant (or close to) and then provide the option for folks to pay more for the level of power they want? maybe slot in a grand sport at 525 or even 550hp?
 

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I may be speaking out of place ,but , The new Vipers are supposed to be getting even more power than the hellcats .Possibly to the tune of over 800 horses if Im not mistaken.
 

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With the Viper being is Dodge's sports car flagship I'm sure they are already have something in the works to push the Viper's 8.4L power plant well beyond the Hellcat's 707hp. If we do see a 2016 500hp Stingray, and that's certainly feasible, I would expect to see a considerably more powerful Viper. Ya gotta love these horse power wars... I just hope the insurance companies don't put the kibosh on it.
 

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Hello All:

While all of this sounds really great I am of the opinion that a slight increase in the performance of the Stingray would be great but lets not get carried away. The Vette is by far the better looking, handling and desirable of the two and the Mustang is in a different leaque. Let the Pony Car wars go on but leave the vette much the way it is and has been over the decades, North Americas # 1 and only true Production Sprots Car. By getting into a power struggle with Chrysler we could damage the desireability and everydayness (new word) of the Corvette.
I'm Just saying, right?

STUNG:cool:
 

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I am glad that the Hellcat is out with 707 HP.
In my opinion the side benefit for the Z06 should mean an almost mandatory bump up over 707 HP in the next year or two. I am sure they already have a few HP bump in the cards, but the Hellcat may force them to add more.

Given the Z06 already being at 650, 700+ should be an easy stretch.
 

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Considering what Lingenfelter can already do with the Stingray's 6.2L engine, and with minimal modification 550, 600, and 630hp is being achieved, is there any doubt GM increase Stringray hp in coming years?

See: C7 Stingray LT1 2014 | Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

I predict that by 2016/17 we'll be looking back at our current Stingray's and saying, "Oh, those models were only 460hp." :^))
 
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