The Dodge Viper has been a well-received, ultra-performance sports cars since it first rolled onto showroom floors back in 1992. It was also an instant head-turner, forcing not only casual drivers but also auto enthusiasts to take notice. After all, the only thing that could compete with the American-built Viper’s performance capability was its sleek and sporty design.
That still rings true today, as the iconic Viper hits the road — although it would be equally at home on the race track or drag strip (quarter-mile time in the mid-11-second range) — as one of the industry’s most impressive and popular sports cars.
There’s plenty to talk about when it comes to the Viper, but the engine always seems to be the starting point. Under the hood, the 2014 Viper features a 640-horsepower V10 that produces 600 lb.-ft. of torque — the highest rating of any naturally-aspirated automotive engine in the world. It also has a 90-degree, V-type, liquid-cooled, all-aluminum engine block.
The hand-assembled V10 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
With a zero-to-60 mph time in the 3.3-second range and a top speed of more than 200 mph, there’s no problem getting the Viper to go — or stop (from 60 to zero mph in 106 feet), thanks to its high-performance braking system.
When it comes to handling, the new Viper stops and turns on a dime, while somehow managing to surpass its legendary reputation.
“It’s impossible to explain what it’s like to drive this car, but I can assure you it’s special,” said Scott Rice, a Certified Viper Specialist at Arrigo Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram.
The 2014 model maintains Viper’s iconic appearance — low stance, long hood and classic curves — but improvements have been made, and the result is a stunning, aerodynamic masterpiece.
It’s important to note that many of the design changes not only improve the Viper’s appearance, but also enhance its performance capabilities. Much of the Viper is also crafted out of carbon fiber, helping to reduce weight and increase speed and handling.
The interior is equally as gorgeous, perfectly blending luxury and all-out sports-car feels. There’s also an 8.4-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera.
The trunk is surprisingly large — providing more cargo space than you would expect.
“Dodge has done an incredible job of tapping into the Viper’s iconic heritage while also creating a premier sports car for today and tomorrow,” said Rice. “We’re very excited about the Viper and so are our customers.”

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