2009 Dodge Viper: Not Such a Bad Road Trip Car
May 30, 2010
When I got in the Viper to leave for Salt Lake City, it didn't feel like a great road trip car. A bit cramped, hard to see out of and most definitely loud, the Viper seemed like it would be one of those cars I looked forward to driving and then loathed a few hundred miles in.
Actually, it's not that bad. After a few hours behind the wheel, I got used to its tight cockpit and limited sight lines. It helps that the seat is comfortable and the satellite radio was hooked up. Sure, the thing has 600 horsepower, but when you're on the open road it's not exactly wide open throttle the whole time.
Oh yeah, the thing is bright orange too, so any attempt to blend in isn't really going to work. Figured that out when a highway patrol car blew by on the other side of the highway and then spun around, crossed the median and then tailed me for 20 miles or so. Felt much better when a guy in an SRT Challenger followed me to a gas station just to say hello. You meet the nicest people in a Viper.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line