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Please Help with decision!!! Testarossa or Viper

Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by Orthoferrari, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. Orthoferrari

    Orthoferrari Karting

    Feb 29, 2004
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    I found an ideal Testarossa for myself. Problem is I have to trade my Viper GTS to get it. No money issues just only have a three car garage at this point and wife says only one sports car at a time ( she has been very understanding of my car issues- have gone through corvette, corvette, corvette ZO6 and viper in last three years). Would anyone not make this step up. I have wanted a Testarossa(yes I have to admit it) since Miami Vice. It is the ultimate F-car to me.
    Please give opinion.
     
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  3. WILLIAM H

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    I suggest you get a 512TR or keep the Viper. I think you'll be disappointed with an early TR compared to the Viper while the 512TR offers very similair performance
     
  4. Tomf-1

    Tomf-1 F1 Rookie
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    Chris--- No Contest. TR.

    If economic consideration isn't in the forefront of your decision making.....Go for a 512TR.

    Again, I am helplessly bias....but I love mine.
     
  5. henryk

    henryk Formula Junior

    Dec 9, 2003
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    I think you owe it to yourself to try something you always longed for.........testarossa. You can ALWAYS buy another Viper, very easily. If you require performance close to the Viper, then go for the 512TR. If it is the style that you like, then I would opt for the testarossa..........a LOT cheaper than the 512 TR.

    I have an 88.5 TR. It is plenty fast for me!!!!!!!!!! I bought my car because I just craved that style. Unless you read the emblem, these cars look identical.
     
  6. Tomf-1

    Tomf-1 F1 Rookie
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    Chris-- I agree with William. You are only a couple of hours from me. Take a drive this weekend to Kansas City and allow me to let you experience the thrill of driving my 512TR....I am in town this weekend. PM me if you are interested.


    Tom
     
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  8. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Formula 3

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    No contest - Testarossa. You don't want to look back later WISHING you had given it a shot when you had the chance.
     
  9. TigerAce

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    TR, of course. 512TR/M is even better.

    Viper is very nice car, but TR is a super car, after all.

    Yoshi
     
  10. Tomf-1

    Tomf-1 F1 Rookie
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    Yoshi-- I know you've been ignonizing searching your F-soul for a 512TR or M so the same offer stands for you. If you find yourself in KC, drop by and you can test drive my 512TR.

    Tom,
     
  11. Orthoferrari

    Orthoferrari Karting

    Feb 29, 2004
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    Thanks for the offer Tom. I have to admit the people on F-chat website have been most friendly and helpful. However I won't be able to make it this weekend besides you have helped me make my decision. Testarossa it is. I will post pictures when I get it>
     
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  13. scycle2020

    scycle2020 F1 Rookie

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    512 tr is a much better driving and performing car than the tr...it is worth the money difference
     
  14. Tomf-1

    Tomf-1 F1 Rookie
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    You are most welcome, Chris.
    Best wishes to your F-car endeavor.
     
  15. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Formula 3

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    Can't wait to see the pics :)
     
  16. carguy

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    Hi Orthoferrari...I was in a situation similar to yours with one twist. I had a ZR-1 Corvette and wanted either a Viper GTS or a Testarossa. I looked at a lot of cars, and test drove a few. In the end I went with the TR. A Viper coupe will stomp an early TR pretty good, like others have said a 512TR would be similar in performance. But I really searched my soul about what to do. The Ferrari mystique and style really tripped my trigger. The Viper GTS is an awesome car, so brutal and "in your face". The TR is an exotic and has been a dreamcar of mine for many years. I really don't track my cars, and on the street I don't "let it all hang out" so to speak. So absolute performance wasn't the deciding factor as in my other sportscars. I did race a 68 Dodge Charger with a 440 six-pack and beat it with my 87 Testarossa....by about 2 car lengths in the quarter. I was as surprised as the muscle car guys on hand watching the event. So TRs are not slow by any means. But Vipers are animals when driven well. If I could I'd have BOTH !! I recommend you get some test drives in and see for yourself. Vipers are near bullit-proof, TRs like all Italian cars must be handled with care and serviced regularly. It is a tough decision. Logical brain says Viper. Emotional brain says Ferrari. I must say that I'm very happy with my decision to get a TR...I've never regretted it for a minute. Ferraris have sounds, sights, smells, and feels that no other car on earth has. It's hard to put into words. Let us now what you decide.....Good Luck !
     
  17. LAMAROSSA

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    I definately pick the Read Head over the Viper even though the Viper is a bit higher in performance like every one has already said.

    I'm very impress with my friends 89 Testarossa but keep in mind that every 3000 miles service on a Read HEAD means lots of cash. With my experience, it cost more to park the TR than to drive it weekly.

    Lamarossa
     
  18. Clax

    Clax Formula 3

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    If it's a 512TR, go for it. Otherwise, don't bother. Not to knock other TR's, but the 512TR is the only way to go.
     
  19. mjguflaw

    mjguflaw Rookie

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    Hi Chris. I too am a fellow Viper owner who has also thought about owning a Ferrari since the Miami Vice days, although I'm a bit partial to the Daytona myself (yeah, I know the one on the show was fake but still). I'm also thinking of moving over to a Ferrari one day soon (but I may keep the Viper), perhaps a 355. In any event, if you get the TR be sure to come back and tell us how it compares to the Viper. I'd love to hear the comparison.

    On another note, I'd just like to add how impressive the courtesy on this board is (generally) towards other marks besides Ferrari and how there are so many real sports car fans here that can appreciate different kinds of cars.

    Mike
     
  20. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I think Chris got the answer he wanted. After all, he DID post the question on FerrariChat, not on ViperChat. I bet NSXChat would give you a different answer too! :D
     
  21. riverflyer

    riverflyer F1 Rookie

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    Chris, If you ask this question here, it will be Testarossa. If you ask it on the viper board, it will be gts. There are some similarities and some clear differences that dictate much of the choice, but only you can answer in the end. They are both a lot of fun, stylish and crowd pleasers, so I doubt you will go wrong either way. But if you spend some good seat time in each car, you will know the answer. I am 6'2" and for me it would be the viper without a doubt, as the cabin and pedals fit me much better in the viper. Be sure and post pics of your choice and have fun with the decision, John
     
  22. 355now350soon

    355now350soon Karting

    Mar 19, 2004
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    I had a Viper GTS for about 9 months 2 years ago. I now have 355 and don't miss it in any ways. I would take the Testarossa for sure. Even though I love my 355 I feel like Testarossa was the ultimate Ferrari.
    Good luck
     
  23. allanlambo

    allanlambo F1 Rookie

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    What is a READ Head?
     
  24. MadMaxx

    MadMaxx Karting

    Nov 5, 2003
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    Perhaps he is talking about hard drive architecture? :)

    Vipers are brutal, and fairly roomy if you are a larger guy. I don't fit well in a TR (knees hit steering wheel) but they look good.

    MM
     
  25. Bobert

    Bobert Formula Junior

    Jan 17, 2004
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    As the owner of both a 355 and a Viper GTS I would suggest they both are equal in many ways. I parked my Yellow 01 GTS at FOW last weekend (it was its turn to get exercised, I had driven the F-Car all morning!) while I dropped in to watch a little of Sebring. The GM came over and told me that he wanted it for their used car lot as it was bringing in a lot of folks to look. I have been considering getting rid of my GTS for another F-Car, but the problem I had when I went looking for a Viper was that the condition was not always the best on the used ones. That is why I bought a new one. You need to make sure that if you have a really sweet, solid, Viper that you really want to give it up for the F-Car. Otherwise, shop around and see if you can work it out to keep both. With all the cheap financing out there right now, you might be able to swing it. I am lucky I too have an understanding wife, But why not have both cars?
     
  26. ryder

    ryder Karting

    Nov 19, 2003
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    Don't ask a bible salesman if you should buy a bible. We're bias here.
     
  27. F355Bob

    F355Bob Formula 3

    I had a 96 Viper coupe for 3 years with some engine mods that pushed it over 500hp. I traded it on a TR with 4,000 miles and had that for 1 year before trading it in in a 95 F355. I loved the Viper, but it was pretty crude compared to the TR. The TR would not be as fast as a Viper, but the quality build , sound, engine smoothness,and interior is far superior. Because the Viper is so heavy, the Viper would handle better, but still there is a intangible about the TR that makes it such a pleasure to drive and look at.
     
  28. kverges

    kverges F1 Rookie

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    Buy what you crave, but don't expect superior reliability, performance or lower service/repair costs from any TR over a Viper. I'd run any year TR for pink slips on a road course or drag strip against my Viper GTS and yes, I have a 355 so I am not a complete Viper hound. It really is apples & oranges and I'd hate to have to give up one for the other.
     

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