Track Tested: 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10


2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10

Edmunds tests hundreds of vehicles a year. Cars, trucks, SUVs, we run them all, and the numbers always tell a story. With that in mind we present "Track Tested," a quick rundown of all the data we collect at the track, along with comments direct from the test-drivers. Enjoy.

Yes, we have a 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 in our long-term test fleet. Recently, it finished 2nd in "Part Duh" of our Burnout Super Test series after laying down a strip of rubber 278 feet long.

The next question, of course, is just what kind of numbers can a car with 600 horsepower, 560 pound-feet of torque and 345/30ZR19 rear tires put down at our test track?

Make the jump, and we'll show you our instrumented-testing numbers plus a video of the Viper's track session.

Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10
Odometer: 6,096
Date: 4/27/2010
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Base Price (with destination): $89,340
Options: Viper Very Orange Pearl Coat, Dual Graphite Painted Stripes ($3,000); Navigation System ($1,790).
As-Tested Price: $94,130

Specifications:
Drive Type: Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Type: 6-speed manual
Engine Type: V10
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 8,383/512
Redline (rpm): 6,000 6,250 
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 600 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 560 @ 5,000
Brake Type (front): 14.0-by-1.3-inch ventilated with 4-piston fixed calipers
Brake Type (rear): 14.0-by-1.3-inch ventilated with 4-piston fixed calipers
Steering System: Hydraulic-assist power rack-and-pinion
Suspension Type (front): Independent double-wishbone, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent double-wishbone, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): 275/35ZR18 95Y (29 psi cold spec)
Tires Size (rear): 345/30ZR19 105Y (29 psi cold spec)
Tire Brand: Michelin
Tire Model: Pilot Sport PS2
Tire Type: Summer
Wheel Size (front): 18-by-10-inches
Wheel Size (rear): 19-by-13-inches
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,436

Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 1.8
0 - 45 (sec): 2.8
0 - 60 (sec): 3.7
0 - 75 (sec): 5.2
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 11.6 @ 125.7
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 3.4
30 - 0 (ft): 27
60 - 0 (ft): 107
Braking Rating: Very Good
Slalom (mph): 74.0
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.96
Handling Rating: Excellent
Db @ Idle: 58.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 86.1
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 74.0

Acceleration Comments: This is so cool. 11.6 @ almost 126 mph with virtually no wheelspin. Wow! Don't rush 3rd gear, however, or you'll find that its synchro isn't happy. Otherwise, the Viper hits 60 mph in 1st gear and goes through the quarter-mile in 3rd gear.

Braking Comments: Immediate pedal. No fade. Very consistent.

Handling Comments: Slalom: Very high limits and impressive stability. Very secure and even relatively easy sub-limit driving. Attitude doesn't encourage exceeding those limits, though. Skid pad: Balance favors understeer at this speed. No real shift in balance from lift-throttle at this speed, either. Doesn't want to powerslide.

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