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The 2014 Dodge Viper
When you begin looking at the 2013/2014 Dodge Viper SRT/GTS, it’s important to know what to expect. The rough edges that have been seen in previous model years have been traded in for dramatic styling changes. It’s a supercar as far as anyone is concerned and it has more than impressive acceleration as well as handling that would make any professional driver green with envy.
The 2014 Viper SRT has dropped “Dodge” from its name in order to show that it is a new and improved machine that demands respect on the streets and track.
Get ready to start salivating when taking a look under the hood for the first time. The huge V10 8.4 Liter engine putting out 640 horsepower and 600 pound feet of torque is absolutely engineered to perfection. With a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of around 206 miles per hour, I think it’s safe to definitively say that this is a re born supercar that’s as fun to drive around town as it is to rip around the track with.
Like an optical illusion, it’s surprising to see that the cabin is very roomy for its class. The coupe provides head and leg room and even a driver with a height of 6’5” will be comfortable behind the wheel so anyone in the NBA looking for a supercar with comfort, this could just be your ticket. There are also some impressive ancillary packages offering drivers a more convenient 21st century driving experience. This includes leather throughout the cabin as well as a tech package that offers Bluetooth, an upgraded sound system, and other creature comforts.
Many supercars are able to shine in a straight line but that isn’t the 2013/2014 Viper SRT’s only trick anymore. The newly revamped Stability and Traction Control Modes allows for slight yaw and slip angles suited to spirited track sessions or closed course antics. Even with everything fully disengaged, however, the Viper is surprisingly balanced; transitioning from entry to apex to exit with massive grip and surprising feel through the steering wheel and the seat-bottom. There's always the threat of the rear coming around when you come onto the gas too hard, but as a training tool, the mortal fear of 600 pound-feet of torque is unmatched.
The new Viper suffered a serious black eye when it ranked behind the outgoing Corvette ZR1 in a few big comparison tests, so the SRT crew has been busy refining the model with a new Bilstein DampTronic adjustable suspension, a ‘Rain’ mode on the stability and traction control, and matte-black paint on the new-for-2014 Anodized Carbon Edition as well as another gorgeous and exclusive color, Stryker Green. These improvements help this beast fully engage and instill confidence that the driver can make the clean turns that are needed to stay on the road without having to let off of the gas too much. This monster is truly revolutionary as it corners like a slot car with the heart of a lion.
Although negligible, there have been a few negative reviews circulating and it’s important to address what they have to say. The main contention seems to be that it uses a lot of fuel. No kidding, this thing is a fire breathing dragon and I hardly think that true Viper fans lose sleep over the gas mileage they got that day while having the time of their lives. The interior, as some say, is underwhelming. I beg to differ as it is stylish and refined enough in comparison to other cars that are in its price class if you choose to upgrade to the Laguna edition interior, the level of panache rivals even the finest of German and Italian supercars on the market. Some have also criticized the price point because it is an “ex Dodge”. The Viper has evolved like all good things and it shouldn’t receive negative reviews just because of its roots. When comparing what kind of performance you get out of the Viper to the price point, it’s undoubtedly one of the best buys in the supercar realm that one could choose. The 2013/2014 Viper carries on and improves upon its racing and performance pedigree of years gone by and should only be reserved for serious drivers. You’ve been warned.