There still isn't a large group of competition in the upper strata of the mid-engine supercar world, but there are some go-to alternatives if you're in the market for something stylish, fast, and exclusive.
The Audi R8 offers all-wheel drive where the 458 Italia doesn't, and the V-10 model offers similar power and performance, though the Italia still has the edge at the limits of performance in terms of handling and driver engagement.
The Lamborghini Gallardo is very similar to the R8, though with more dramatic--if increasingly dated--styling.
Nissan's GT-R is competition only in the "and now for something completely different" sense--it's a world apart in styling, mechanical nature, and reputation, but it delivers similarly breathtaking performance.
Chevrolet's upper tier of performance Corvettes, including the Z06 and ZR1, are competition for any supercar on the track, and though they're leagues apart in styling, exclusivity, and cabin quality, they're legitimate alternatives for the bargain hunter with a need for speed.
The 2013 SRT Viper hasn't yet been tested on track by our editors, but based on the previous generation's capabilities, it will likely be a rival or superior to any other production supercar--on track, at least--and the 2013 model's upgrades to quality and refinement may elevate it to contender status on other fronts as well.
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