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2016 Dodge Viper Driving Impressions


Surprisingly, all that torque doesn’t translate to burnouts away from stoplights. At low rpm, it’s actually a little thin on torque, which helps tractability in the city, and makes it easier to drive there. But if you rev it hard it explodes all the way to 100 mph. Or 200.

The Viper is balanced and surprisingly easy to drive at speed, with stability control and traction control enabled. The system allows for some spirited fun, but will step in when you run out of talent. Even with the stability control off, the Viper feels balanced. But it’s best to drive with the stability control when on the street. It can be disabled for the track, where it’s hairy to drive near the limit, as it should be.

Fearless drivers love the Viper. There’s a massive amount of grip on breathtakingly wide tires, whether standing on the gas, cornering, or braking.

The ride is okay in the SRT with shock absorbers, and better in the models with adjustable dampers. The SRT is way fun to drive and just as quick as the more expensive models on most tracks.

However, the GT models have Brembo brakes and stiffer springs and bars. The ACR uses 15-inch ceramic rotors, and saves weight with manual seats, thin carpeting, a lightweight sound system. All of these features are useful on a racing circuit.

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