Mark Phelan: Chevy Corvette has major advantages over Chrysler's Viper

By Mark Phelan
Detroit Free Press Auto Critic
October 28, 2013

Itís no shock that sales of Chryslerís new Viper are a fraction of Chevrolet Corvetteís. The differences between Viper and íVette are profound, and they say a lot about conditions at Chrysler and General Motors when the companies developed Americaís top sports cars.

The Viper costs more, has a shorter history and is built virtually by hand. íVette prices start at about half the Viperís sticker price. Corvette has 60 years of equity and its factory can produce 10-20 times as many vehicles annually as the Viper plant on Detroitís east side.

Despite all that, itís troubling that the Viper didnít even approach its modest goal of 2,000 sales in the new carís first model year.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray has a new architecture, engine and transmission. Itís a thoroughly modern sports car on par with Porsche and Ferrari.

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