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2017 Dodge Viper Driving Impressions


There’s just one Viper engine, a massive 8.4-liter V10 making 645 horsepower and an earth-shaking 600 pound-feet of torque, more than any non-turbocharged sports car alive. A Tremec six-speed gearbox moves the power to the rear wheels.

It can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in three seconds, after which brief time your eyeballs will be deep in their sockets. The quarter mile can be finished off in a bit more than 11 seconds, at which time the speed will be nearly 100 miles per hour. With the full aero package, the top speed will double that, plus six miles per hour.

But the Viper isn’t a one-trick pony. It can turn as well as sprint forward. The stability control isn’t so sensitive that it takes the fun out. Even in its full track mode, it allows enough sliding for spirited driving on the track. Totally turned off, you can feel the Viper’s good balance, with massive grip from the tires and surprisingly solid feel through the steering wheel and driver’s seat.

The ride is fair in the SRT, and a bit better in the models with the adjustable dampers. It’s never really objectionable for a sports car.

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