Dodge Viper SRT vs Ferrari 458 Speciale - The Loud Naturally Aspirated Drag Race

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At first sight, the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the Dodge Viper SRT are two entirely different manifestations of the supercar phenomenon. However, upon closer inspection, you'll notice the two are extremely close in terms of power-to-weight ratio.
Given their even "burden" and the fact that both are naturally aspirated, such a situation calls for a drag race. Well, this is precisely what we want to show you today, with the piece of footage below providing a straight line battle between the two machines.

The Viper and the 458 Speciale were thrown at each other on an airfield runway, engaging in rolling start shenanigans.

Unfortunately for the slab of America, the difference in gearbox technology alone is enough to give the Prancing Horse a respectable sprinting advantage.

In fact, the Ferrari can win almost any acceleration battle with the Viper, regardless of the start and speed details.

Still, the two put on a respectable show, with an important part of the credit going to the aural side of the shenanigan. This once again brings the 458, Speciale or not, and the Viper together.

Both represent a bit of Tyrannosaurus rex material. While Ferrari has already replaced the 458 with the twin-turbo 488, ending the Luca di Montezemolo era in the process, Dodge is preparing to put the V10 Viper to sleep.

The American supercar is rumored to return towards the end of the decade, but even if the rumors turn out to be true, we'll be talking about a downsized creation, one that, ironically (given the situation we're discussing here), may receive Ferrari twin-turbo V6 power.

The rumor mill talks about the next Viper being built on the modular RWD architecture that currently serves the Alfa Romeo Giulia. As for the engine compartment, this is expected to be occupied by a twin turbo V6 that should allow the driver to control over 600 ponies.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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