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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: I Can't Drive 55 (In 6th Gear)

July 02, 2010

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The Dodge Viper SRT-10 has so much power and torque that the 6-speed transmission and final drive ratiowere set up to flirt with 200 mph on the top end.

Back here on planet Los Angeles,that means it's nigh on impossible to use 6th gear in real life. Above I'm cruising at 70 mph in 6th, and the engine is loping along uncomfortably at no more than 1,350 rpm. At 60 mph it lugs even worse at some 1,150 revs. Cruise at Sammy Hagar's hated 55 mph (I didn't bother) and I'm not even sure it would stay running at a mathematical1,060 rpm.

So here's a car that can'treasonably manage60 mph in 6th gear, but it can go 0 to 60 in first gear--and do it in less than 4 seconds.

Heh heh.I'll take some of that.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,907 miles

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