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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: I Don't Know Why I Like These Gauges But I Do

June 30, 2010


The Viper's gauges are pretty rudimentary. (Not the most rudimentary, mind you, as that honor is reserved for my stepdad's Civic VX, which has gauges lit by a single Christmas light.) You have to adjust the brightness every time you turn them on, because you have totake the brightness to zero every time you turn off the car, or else the Viper's interior lights will stay on. Silliness.

Yet, somehow, whenever I crank the brightness all the way up, and see this, it kind of makes me happy. They're clean and simple, and they have a warm glow. Nah, you can't really read the speedometer, even when you're looking at it head-on while properly seated, but ifyou're watching your speedin a Viper, well, you're in the wrong car, no? Seriously, I'd take a secondary digital speedo if I could get it, but that's one of many modern conveniences that the Viper refuses.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,801 miles

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