Superpowers, Refined: Dodge Finally Tames the Viper Autopia

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Superpowers, Refined: Dodge Tames the Viper

Few vehicles me like the Dodge Viper. It the massive V10 shoehorned under the or the dimwitted steering, or even the interior of the original that’s as as a root canal.

No, it’s the that Dodge’s thermonuclear of a supercar always has been, dumb. It was almost an anachronism — an large engine driving the wheels, with little in the way of manners or poise. It was to driving as a is to carpentry — a tool way too big and crude to do more than destroy in its path.

The keyword there: The new Viper is almost everything the old wasn’t. The go-fast gurus at Street and Racing Technology team set out to develop a Viper was more usable, more and yes, more powerful any that had come before losing what SRT President and CEO Gilles calls the car’s “Viperness.”

My eyes rolled too, but for and Co. keeping the Viper big and brash — a middle finger at the Chevrolet not to mention anything those in Germany or Italy build — is key to the Viper’s rabid fan base. not sophisticated, but neither are its buyers. And SRT is to that strength.

The key to that comes from a comically engine stuffed beneath a the size of an aircraft carrier. 8.4 liters of aluminum V10 extremism out 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. numbers rival those of the Aventador, at roughly one-third the You can have any transmission you want, as as it’s a six-speed manual (an option is likely in the cards).

Get up on it and you’ll hit 60 mph in a claimed “low range,” but a senior engineer the car could, in the right hands, dip the high two-second range. the pedal floored and you’ll do the mile in 11.4 seconds. going and you’ll see 206 mph if the road is enough (and your high enough).

Impressive especially for a car that’ll run you $120,000. But the always delivered impressive What’s different about Viper is what it does reaching those numbers.

let me wring the car out up the road at Sonoma I gave the Viper the utmost as I eased out of the pits. After turn two and getting a clear of the 90-degree right hander off in the I pegged the throttle and inadvertently Ludicrous Speed.

Before I can even consider a 3-4 I’m hard on the massive, 14-inch lifting as I enter the bend. the moment I’d been dreading getting into the car.

The until now, had been a marvel, compensating for its utter of traction control and other nannies with more than a Trojan factory. The the massive tires lost grip, you were in the weeds or, the wall. The Viper did not suffer lightly.

The new Viper is far less to send you to your grave. I the gas a judicious squeeze just the apex and was slingshotted through the and onto the checkered rumble  The traction control didn’t even flicker.

a triumph of the driver-configurable Bilstein aluminum suspension bits and that lay more rubber to the than the all-conquering Bugatti

But it’s not the power or the grip or the interior – with actual room! – that constantly my G-force-addled mind. It’s the and complete control this new imparts on the driver. Something big (although lighter, at around pounds), this powerful manageable) and this raucous oddly refined) shouldn’t be composed and confidence inspiring.

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is not the four-wheeled guillotine of yore.

By my lap I was braking later and accelerating than I would have dared in previous models. car is far easier to drive than any that’s come before, far less propensity to kill Things only started slightly unhinged when I from “normal” mode to mode, which is a bit like a triple espresso instead of a latte.

It makes the car just a bit … meaner, the traction control loosening up enough to make tight a quick exercise in opposite But even then, it’s the back end sliding ever so with no need to back off the SRT has made the fat-kid-turned-linebacker dance.

no Fred Astaire, but it’s no Dynamite either.

Off the track and the roads of Sonoma County, the proved equally compelling, if out of place. The gun … of a windshield get the job done on the track, but navigating belies the Viper’s track-day The board-stiff suspension, snarling roar and cacophonous exhaust are a bit much for daily driving.

If more at home on the boulevard the track, the GTS version is a bit quieter and a bit with leather coating the and scads of amenities (although no seats, to which Gilles “We’re not getting soft.”) said, Dodge knows its and recognizes that the Viper is a of weekend toy than an overpowered That’s as it should be.

When I finally roll into the parking lot and hop out of the Race GTS ($120,395, if you’re wondering), I can shake my head and smile. has tamed the beast but retained the Or Viperness.



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