Hey guys, its been a while since I've posted. Been away from Viper world every since a local dealer totaled my Viper in 2010. The arrival of the Gen 5 is very exciting. However, when one steps back away from something they value deeply for a significant period of time, in my case Vipers, it does allow for a unique perspective when returning to Viper world. My question now regarding Vipers is...what exactly is the Viper philosophy now? When Vipers first hit the scene they were without question the dominant sports car under half a million dollars and a bold American statement of in-your-face power and non compromising values. Those values and that statement was a gift...but has that gift now become a curse? The reason I am asking that question is this...everyone in here pretty much assumes the new Viper will cost more than the current ZR1. From everything that I've read, the new Viper will have around 650 to 660 hp...12 or 22 more hp than the ZR1...not enough to get significant performance difference with good drivers. Yes, an ACR set a record at Nurburgring, but ACR's are rare and cant hold their own in high speed races where the wing acts as a brake. The Lamborghini Aventador is coming out the showroom floor running 2.9 sec to 60 mph and 10.6 in the quarter at 134 mph. Its doing that with 700 hp and awd....the new Ferrari GT will soon hit the scene with 740 hp, awd, and is lighter and smaller than the outgoing 599 GTB. It wouldnt be unreasonable to expect that car to beat the Lambos numbers. And, of course there is always that Z06 rivalry. That car has almost 100 hp less than the Gen 4 yet its performance numbers are very close to the Gen 4's. The latest Porsche 911 Turbo outperformed the ZR1 two years ago...and of course its awd. We've got a 650 hp Mustang on the horizon, and the C7 Vette coming out in about a year, and probably the new Acura NSX also with awd coming out...and of course there is the GTR Nissan and the Audi R8 awd car has numbers that rival the latest Vipers. So my question is...what exactly is the bold statement Viper is making today? I have been making this argument for years, as long as Viper remains a rwd car, the awd cars with lower power will eat our lunch in a drag race and the higher powered awd cars like Lambo, Ferrari and even the lower powered 911 Turbo will eat our lunch in any kind of a race except maybe a technical road course. So..what is Vipers statement today? You can best believe the C7 Vettes will answer the modest power increases of the Gen 5 and the C7 Z06 will rival the Gen 5 if not beat it, and if there is a C7 ZR1 it will probably blow the doors off the Gen 5. Before you guys blow a gasket just let me say I love Vipers and I am going to get another, probably a Gen 5. But honestly, what is Vipers statement today? Just a high powered American sports car with average drag race performance and excellent road course performance? Is Viper turning into more of an image car on the road than the Boss Badd Ass of the streets? What is the philosophy behind Viper today? Seriously...what are your thoughts?