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2008 Chrysler Sebring vs. 1996 Chrysler Viper

To start off, 2008 Chrysler Sebring is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Chrysler Viper. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Chrysler Viper would be higher. At 7,986 cc (10 cylinders), 1996 Chrysler Viper is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Chrysler Viper (389 HP @ 5150 RPM) has 251 more horse power than 2008 Chrysler Sebring. (138 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Chrysler Viper should accelerate faster than 2008 Chrysler Sebring. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Chrysler Sebring weights approximately 260 kg more than 1996 Chrysler Viper.

Because 1996 Chrysler Viper is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1996 Chrysler Viper. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Chrysler Sebring, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1996 Chrysler Viper (620 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 309 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Chrysler Sebring. (311 Nm @ 1800 RPM). This means 1996 Chrysler Viper will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Chrysler Sebring. 2008 Chrysler Sebring has automatic transmission and 1996 Chrysler Viper has manual transmission. 1996 Chrysler Viper will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Chrysler Sebring will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Chrysler Sebring 1996 Chrysler Viper
Make Chrysler Chrysler
Model Sebring Viper
Year Released 2008 1996
Body Type Convertible Roadster
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1968 cc 7986 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 10 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 138 HP 389 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5150 RPM
Torque 311 Nm 620 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1850 kg 1590 kg
Vehicle Length 4940 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1930 mm
Vehicle Height 1490 mm 1130 mm
Wheelbase Size 2770 mm 2450 mm


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