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SRT Viper battles the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series [video]

Clash of the titans

The SRT Viper and Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series are radically different takes on the same idea so which one has the formula for success?

In one corner, you have the SRT Viper which features an 8.4-liter V10 engine that develops 640 bhp (477 kW) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the 3,354 lbs (1,521 kg) sports car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in the "low 3-second range," run the quarter-mile in the "mid 11-second range" and hit a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h).

On the other hand, the SLS AMG Black Series has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 622 bhp (464 kW) and 468 lb-ft (634 Nm) of torque. It enables the car to run from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h).

The Viper clearly has the edge in the numbers department but is it enough to topple the almighty Black Series? Watch the clip to find out.

Source: Motor Trend

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69charger
Wow, a viper that can keep up with a high end Mercedes I would take anyday!
Jul 7, 2013 5:31 pm
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ScottCampbell
Great video. It is not always about the numbers. I love manuals but with these high horsepower motors the manuals slow the car down. Sometimes I enjoyed driving my 400 horsepower 911 vs my Lamborghini Gallardo because you could at least go through a few gears before 100 mph vs the Lambo.
Jul 6, 2013 12:15 pm
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EdBacau
The ZR1 and the 911 GT2 RS both have manuals and they don't complain about it. This test shows that power isn't everything. Anyone can put a 8.4l engine in a car, but that's not enough anymore. Everything must work well together, the engine, the gearbox, the suspension, the brakes, etc if you want to compete against the modern, high tech machines.
Jul 6, 2013 2:43 pm
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Dude von Dudenstein
This is like apples and oranges. Why didn't they use a standard SLS? That would be more fair for the Viper, although it would probably still lose. (But it is much cheaper of course)
Jul 6, 2013 10:57 am
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Valak
A proper driver's car should have a manual transmission, period. It was the tranny that made the difference. Other than that, for the money you pay, the Viper it's three times the car the SLS is, it's pure common sense. Ferrari's input was minimal, but things will change, in the future. The SLS owes it's existence to the SLR, underneath it's a smaller SLR, but McLaren's expertise is fading away and it's going to be tough for Mercedes to come up with a design of their own.
Jul 6, 2013 5:07 am
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EdBacau
The SLR and SLS have nothing in common. The SLR has a carbon fiber chassis, the SLS has an aluminium space frame. They have different suspensions, different transmission, different brakes, different everything. McLaren aren't the only company in the world that can build cars. Mercedes has 171 points in the current F1 season and McLaren has 37 points, looks like Mercedes built the better car.
Jul 6, 2013 5:35 am
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kimbo
when you consider the price, the Viper is a more impressive car.
Jul 6, 2013 3:26 am
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EdBacau
The price reflects the desirability of a product. Sure, the SLS is a lot more expensive because they can ask that much for the car. Even if the Viper had a better gearbox, better brakes, a better interior, a few people would pay more for the car. Same story for ZR1 vs Ferrari 599. Mercedes and Ferrari just have more appeal than Dodge and Chevrolet.
Jul 6, 2013 4:09 am
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jerry05cod4
viper is slower cause of the maual gearbox and brake wear ...when randy pobst (the track driver) tested the pre-production viper against the ZR1 it did the lap in 1:35.77, so i'll assume he wasn't on his best day. However, this test should've been done against the Viper TA, which lapped LAguna in 1:33.62 and would destroy the SLS....needless to say the SLS black is a beast, but its not a tamed beast that puts up smooth laps.
Jul 6, 2013 2:09 am
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theduder
When Daimler owned Chrysler, they developed both cars on the same platform, both deny it, but look at the cars, they are practically identical, same silhouette, even the same headlight design, these cars are about as different as an SLK and crossfire
Jul 6, 2013 12:08 am
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EdBacau
OMG, this means the original 1957 Mercedes 300 SL was also based on the Viper, because they have the same silhouette. Ze Germans have a time machine, better stop them before they bring back Hitler !
Jul 6, 2013 4:26 am
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AlexHoh
The Mercedes Benz may win the test, but thats irrelevent as both are winners. Considering the Viper is 3 times cheaper and with a proper Disco Stick, Most likely people will buy the Viper for the epic LOLs that it can produce. The SLS-BS, thats a proper track car, with every bit made to go faster, and its customer gets it for faster track time, for Precision. they may have similar traits as the review states, but they are aim for two quite different purpose and customer. I'll wait for the Viper ACR replacement to go against the SLS-BS. Sigh, we don't get both cars where I live.
Jul 5, 2013 11:36 pm
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air_cooled
American car loses
Jul 5, 2013 11:15 pm
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benzboy
Your comment, makes me think that all of your water and vinegar have leaked out.
Jul 6, 2013 2:03 pm
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FOXHOUND
No not really he has an endless supply of both, just look at his other posts and youll realize hes an endless douchebag lol
Jul 6, 2013 5:11 pm
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Teddy
Hands down one of the worst comparison video's I have seen, 115k vs 300K. The benz has been tuned to the bajesus, so why not wait and compare it the ACR which would probably destroy it. """You could buy 3 Vipers for the price of one black series. But then you'd have 3 cars that are not as fast on the racetrack as this is (SLS)""". Yeah that makes sense motortrend.
Jul 5, 2013 10:39 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
price is irrelevant as the GTR has proven many times.
Jul 5, 2013 11:25 pm
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Decypha
On the contrary, the GTR was amazing BECAUSE it beat cars that were much more expensive. Yes, the SLS Black Series is a great car so not to take anything away from it but I always argue that the first point of fair comparison should be the price of a car otherwise it becomes okay to compare a Ferrari 458 to a Toyota 86. It is in the case of a cheaper car beating a significantly more expensive car that real kudos goes to the winner, not the other way around.
Jul 6, 2013 12:09 am
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EdBacau
@ Decypha, SnakesInMyPants is right. the GT-R, Corvette, Viper are the "blue collar" supercars that are supposed to compete with cars that are twice or three times more expensive. The 458 vs Toyota 86 example is stupid, the 458 has a lot more power, but in this test, the Viper had more power, a lot more torque and it was a lot lighter. It should have destroyed the SLS.
Jul 6, 2013 4:20 am
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Decypha
Good point Mr. EdBacau, SnakesInMyPants is correct and hence I gave him a thumbs-up before replying to him, but I don't think I am incorrect in stating that it isn't amazing that a $300 000 car beat a $115 000 car. I am not taking anything away from the accomplishment of the Black Series in this regard but Mercedes-Benz had an extra $185 000 to put into making their car faster. What this comparison simply proves is that you do indeed get more for your money, if the comparison ended with the Viper winning then I would have been impressed but the significantly more expensive performance version of an already fast car beating out a cheaper non-performance version of a car is expected, that's all.
Aug 6, 2013 8:36 am
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EdBacau
Listen to what the guys says near the end, the comparison is about how much each company has improved their car. AMG has done a better job at improving the SLS than Dodge(SRT) has done at improving the Viper.
Jul 6, 2013 4:12 am
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tomi.ro
yeah, with triple the price tag. if srt were to make a 300k viper i bet they would have greater improvements, don't you think?...the worst part of it all si the heat shielding. If that is the real case, this 2013 viper is worth nothing. really now, in that price range the GTR is actually flawless and these dudes come out with such huge quality problems?!
Jul 6, 2013 10:15 am
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EdBacau
Let's be realistic here, SRT could make a $300k Viper, but how many people would buy it ? Even if SRT spends another $50K to make the Viper better, they know that people won't buy it. The car has it's price limit and people will not pay Porsche/Aston Martin/Maserati money for a Viper. That's why the Viper has to stay in its price range and be able to fight against luxury supercars. Just like the Corvette.
Jul 6, 2013 2:38 pm
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ucplayer
I expected more from the Viper. More torque and less weight... Anyway, Well done Mercedes AMG! Lovely supercar
Jul 5, 2013 9:41 pm
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ZR1
Excellent video by Head 2 Head! Even though the Mercedes SLS AMG Black won the comparison, it's price wasn't factored in properly_Build a Viper that cost $300,000 and compare that to the Mercedes_see who wins then!
Jul 5, 2013 8:57 pm
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bmw2002m
I have to say, when Mercedes want to build a fast car they really don't hold back - their engines just pull and pull. There is not much that could live with an SL65 AMG either. Phenomenal German engineering at its best. Now....if only they could make their right hand drive cars without the offset steering wheel then I would be happy.
Jul 5, 2013 8:38 pm
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