Dodge's resident badboy, the ferocious Viper possesses the sinister looks and brute power to drive actual serpents below ground. Most drivers will find it too beastly for their taste, which is the whole point. The Viper shines brightest in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts who require no pampering.
What's New for 2015
The Viper's V10 has been tweaked for a few more horsepower and improved highway efficiency. A new GT model fills the gap between the base SRT and line-topping GTS. Amazingly, the Viper's base price has been reduced by a whopping $15,000.
Choosing Your Dodge Viper
While the Viper has become more civilized over the years, it's still a raucous specimen by today's standards. The massive 8.4-liter V10 engine deliver 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, enough to take the Viper from zero to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. Highway mileage now stands at 20 mpg, which isn't a chief concern of the target market, but is impressive nonetheless. All models get 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, summer performance tires and a multistage stability control system.
Like most supercars, the Viper is strictly a two-seater, but the trunk measures just over 14 cubic feet, the same as some family sedans.
The Viper is now available in three main trim levels:
Current owner of 2013 and 2014 Vipers will receive a $15,000 voucher toward the purchase of a new 2015 -- that's in addition to the $15,000 price reduction available to everyone.