Video: Vette Versus Viper – Kid Edition

With the arrival of the 2014 C7 Stingray, we saw a lot of different comparison tests. The new Corvette has the chops to take on pretty much any sports car, regardless of price or provenance. So it only seems natural that since Power Wheels brought out the junior version of the C7, which they claim is their fastest battery-powered kid car ever, somebody would compare it head-to-head with the Corvette’s natural enemy, the SRT Viper.


The first thing you notice in this video is the dramatic difference in size between the two cars. The Kid Trax Viper is enormous compared to the Corvette, but has the advantage of a passenger seat while the Chevy is a solo-only proposition. Despite the disparity in scale, the cars have similar performance specs – both are rated at a 6 MPH top speed, and have 12 volt electrical systems.

Much like the real world, the Power Wheels Corvette has an affinity for being driven off into the weeds too...

Much like the real world, the Power Wheels Corvette has an affinity for being driven off into the weeds too…

powerwheels3The Viper has a higher level of standard trim, though. In addition to the seating for two, it also sports working headlights, opening doors, an FM radio with an auxiliary input jack, and a maximum combined passenger weight of 130 pounds, compared to the Corvette’s 65. It also offers faux V10 engine sound, which isn’t a selling point if you ask us, but then again we’ve never been fans of the odd exhaust note of the Viper.

So which one is quicker? The Corvette noses out the Viper three times in a row, even with drivers Gabe and Garrett switching cars for the final race. Just like the real world, the Corvette wins on price, too, with a suggested retail of $275 to the Viper’s $288. Considering the higher level of standard trim, though, the Viper may actually be a bargain when it comes to kid cars…

Bonus Video: Unboxing the Power Wheels Corvette!

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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