Dodge Viper vs Corvette Stingray

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So sometimes life is about choices. The one before me just last week was a biggie and as soon as the assignment landed on my desk I was torn: Do I go catch some surf at the beach, or do we go roadtripping to the mountains & shoot a cover story face-off between these two beautiful, yet insanely powered American rigs? Just kidding of course - everybody knows the surf is pathetic in Dubai, so there was only one thing to do!

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The Stingray & I had crossed paths before. Twice in fact. (Keep an eye out for future posts about a previous mountain run, involving our fishy friend joined by a McLaren, Lambo, Porsche and a mighty Aston Martin, and another upcoming post where it features prominently in the recent 2014 Car Of The Year awards). It's an aggressive looking car. People pay attention when those headlights rapidly loom larger in the rearview mirror and are often relieved to see the back of it, knowing they are safely out of it's way. Every now & again however, another car shows up that does all these things too, but much better.

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The 2013 SRT Viper not only looks like its doing 100 miles an hour (even at standstill) but also appears to be coiled for a strike at any moment. Part serpent, part car, this isn't as much about just looking aggressive as it is about positively scaring women and small children. In fact the only one more terrified than them, is the person driving it... 640 horses straight to the rear wheels does indeed exactly that. The finish on this car is unreal. The sculpted bodypanels flow together like liquid and the paintwork seems to produce it's own light, glowing from within. Even with a lens cap on, I don't believe it's possible to take a bad picture of either of these machines!