2014 Dodge SRT Viper Coupe - Rating Details

B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Dodge SRT Viper Base Coupe (8.4L V10 6-speed Manual) Driven On 8/20/2013 Ratings Summary This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Only a handful of vehicles scream "supercar" more than the 2013 SRT Viper. It's loud, fast, stunningly pure and angry. It might not be the easiest to drive or live with on a daily basis, but few cars are faster around a race track. Or attract more attention just by firing them up.
B
Performance The Viper's performance is among that of the best sports cars in the world. It's as fast as just about anything you can get from Italy, but it takes a highly skilled driver to get the most out of it.
Acceleration
A
With a 640 hp V10, the Viper's "launch control" resulted in a big burnout. Without it we hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The robust 6-speed manual requires a firm hand and concentration.
Braking
A
The Viper's brakes are powerful enough for track-day use, yet linear around town. This base car stopped from 60 mph in 110 feet, versus 101 feet for the GTS model with stickier tires.
Steering
B
Steering is quick and accurate but lacks the feel of the Porsche 911, Cayman and new Corvette C7.
Handling
B
Even without the GTS model's adjustable suspension, the base Viper exhibits insane grip. Limits are extremely high, but approaching them is a challenge on less-than-perfect asphalt.
Driveability
C
Only hard-core enthusiasts will drive the Viper daily. It's stiff and tall-geared, but far easier to use than the car it replaces. The V10 even gives off a distinctive Viper odor.
C
Comfort The Viper isn't made for comfort. Everything from its hard seats to its off-beat V10 engine note to its outward visibility is compromised in the name of speed.
Seating Comfort
C
New shell-type seats provide ample support, but are harder than they need to be. There's more legroom adjustment than in past Vipers. The pedals are power-adjustable.
Ride Comfort
C
While the Viper GTS gets two-mode dampers, the base Viper makes do with single-mode. And yes, it's very, very stiff. Forget about the Viper if ride comfort is a priority.
Quietness
C
Though not as loud as a Corvette ZR1 at wide-open throttle, the Viper's side-exit exhaust makes a serious racket. No one will miss your arrival. Or your departure.
C
Interior The fully redesigned interior is one of the new Viper's biggest improvements. Upscale materials and styling combine with modern features like optional navigation and standard Bluetooth.
Ergonomics
B
Compromises in the name of speed still exist, but most of the old Viper's weaknesses have been diminished. There's even a functional two-hole cupholder.
Ingress/Egress
C
Like most sports cars, the Viper asks its occupants to get low when entering. Making matters more difficult, the doors are small and you'll need to avoid the piping-hot side exhaust.
Space/Room
C
Space definitely isn't abundant inside the Viper, but there's enough room to drive hard. And that's what matters most in this car.
Visibility
C
The Viper's high waistline and body shape don't enhance visibility. You sit low, the front fenders are high and the view rearward is seriously compromised.
Cargo/Storage
C
The oddly-shaped 14.7 cubic-foot trunk is adequate for a weekend trip, but that's about it. Inside the cockpit, there are few places to stash anything.
C
Value Even the base Viper has gotten pretty expensive, with a starting price of $101,990 including gas-guzzler tax and $1,995 destination. But this is a far better Viper than the outgoing model, and the performance is downright amazing.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
Interior materials and assembly quality have been improved, but they're still not as good as most other exotics in this price range.
Features(vs. $)
B
Features are plentiful and finally up to date. The modern stereo and electronics are big upgrades. It comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Cost
C
With a starting price of $101,990, the Viper is an expensive machine and there's no getting around the fact that it costs more than some of its biggest rivals.
MPG
D
It's probably a good thing that no one buying a Viper is concerned about fuel economy. Because with an EPA-rated 15 mpg Combined (12 City/19 Highway), gas mileage is far from its strong suit.
Warranty
B
The Viper comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty. But the powertrain is covered for 5 years/100,000 miles. Impressive for a car that's destined to get a lot of abuse.
Ownership
B
The Viper comes with roadside assistance for 5 years/100,000 miles, but doesn't have a free maintenance program.
A
Fun To Drive Certainly the Viper is among the most fun-to-drive cars in the world. It's loud, powerful, capable and mean. Anyone who drives one respects it, as they're trying to harness 640 hp. But you don't just drive a Viper, you experience it.
Driving Experience
B
Be ready for loud because the Viper will make itself known and your eardrums will pay the price. But it's so gloriously angry-sounding, it's worth it.
Personality
A
Few supercars have more personality. Everything is exaggerated in the Viper from the way it shifts to the pure mechanical joy of operating its manly controls.
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