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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 69charger
Wow, a viper that can keep up with a high end Mercedes I would take anyday!
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July 7, 2013 5:31 pm
 ScottCampbell 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.
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July 6, 2013 12:15 pm
 Dude von Dudenstein 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)
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July 6, 2013 10:57 am
 Valak 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.
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July 6, 2013 5:07 am
 kimbo kimbo
when you consider the price, the Viper is a more impressive car.
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July 6, 2013 3:26 am
 jerry05cod4 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.
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July 6, 2013 2:09 am
 theduder 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
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July 6, 2013 12:08 am
 AlexHoh 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.
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July 5, 2013 11:36 pm
 air_cooled air_cooled
American car loses
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July 5, 2013 11:15 pm
 TeddyForsythe TeddyForsythe
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.
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July 5, 2013 10:39 pm
 ucplayer ucplayer
I expected more from the Viper. More torque and less weight... Anyway, Well done Mercedes AMG! Lovely supercar
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July 5, 2013 9:41 pm
 ZR1 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!
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July 5, 2013 8:57 pm
 bmw2002m 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.
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July 5, 2013 8:38 pm