Compare 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 1997 Dodge Viper SRT

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
1997 Dodge Viper SRT
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2-Door Roadster 3.2L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 3.2L 18 24 $69,250 $79,600
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 15 23 $78,210 $89,900
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 20 $107,180 $123,200
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2-Door RT/10 Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door GTS Coupe 12 21 $59,280 $66,000
2-Door RT/10 Roadster 12 21 $59,280 $66,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$69,250
$59,280
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$79,600
$66,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1327 / month
$1100 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 12 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 37.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 53.8
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 175.1
Height, Overall (in)
51.3 44.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
99.0 96.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 75.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 6.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.81 x 1.10 13.0 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x .35 13.0 x 0.87
Brake Type
Power Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 19.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 41.3
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 16.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 40.5
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55ZR16 P335/35ZR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55ZR16 P275/40ZR17
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size T155/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4010 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 17 x 13
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 17 x 10
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size 16 x 4
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.1 12.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110.0 143
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
232 @ 3750 490 @ 3700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.2L/195.2 8.0L/488
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 5600 450 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V10
Fuel System
SMPI SMFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 12
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA 11.9
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.30
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 2.90
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 1.78
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.50
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 2.66
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Dodge Viper
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Seat Roadster
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 36
Suspension Type - Front
Lower Control Arms Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Coil-Shock Units
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 36
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.06
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Coil-Shock Units

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