The Dodge Viper has long been the brand’s resident sports car, but it has undergone numerous changes throughout its life. Thinking back to the original Viper in 1992, it didn’t even have a top or outside door handles. Now, in 2016, the Viper is more powerful and better equipped than ever.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Dodge Viper’s base SRT starts at $86,995. While the main focus of the Viper SRT is raw performance, there are still plenty of premium standard features to go around:

  • Automatic HID headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • An 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with 3D navigation
  • A 7-inch customizable instrument panel
  • A 12-speaker audio system

If you need a little more luxury and performance, there are three other trim levels: GTC ($94,995), GTS ($107,995), and ACR ($117,895).

Performance Pros

Dodge Viper

With an 8.4-liter V10 at its disposal, it’s no surprise that the Viper has amazing straight-line performance. With new suspension tweaks over the years, the Viper has also become more manageable in the corners.

  • 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque is plenty.
  • Easier than ever to navigate through the twisties.
  • The ACR trim level pushes the performance to a whole new level.

Performance Cons

Despite its retuned suspension, the 2016 Dodge Viper can still get pretty hairy in the corners when pushed too hard. What’s more, we found that its limited low-rpm torque is great for city driving, but it takes some getting used to when looking for quicker acceleration. And then there's fuel economy, or the lack thereof.

Interior Pros

The Viper has come a long way, and the 2016 model is the most luxurious to date.

  • Plenty of premium features to go around.
  • Cabin feels sporty in addition to being well-equipped.
  • There's a surprising amount of cargo room in the trunk.

Interior Cons

Though it has gotten better over the years, the Viper’s interior still lacks refinement here and there:

  • There's a limited number of cubbies in the cabin.
  • Though the trunk is unexpectedly spacious, its shape is a little odd and we recommend soft luggage.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We were shocked to learn that this sports car has 14.65 cubic feet of space in its trunk -- enough for a full-size suitcase.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While cabin noise is something we normally appreciate in a car like this, it makes long journeys pretty unbearable. This is something buyers need to consider -- be sure there's a second car in your garage for longer road trips.

The Bottom Line

Dodge Viper

The 2016 Viper is what it’s always been: a raucous sports car that puts performance ahead of refinement. Recently, however, Dodge has pushed the Viper’s comfort level to new levels. Although it is still not the most comfortable car to drive, it is far better than the near-kit car it was back in the 1990s.