2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Parked Out Front in Beverly Hills
May 14, 2010
Last night I thundered into Beverly Hills with our 2009 Dodge Viper. There was a bunch of traffic on the drive there, but I didn't feel grumpy. Sure, clutch effort is on the heavy side, but I knew that going in, andwith a good portion ofthe 8.4-liter V10's 560 pound-feet of torque (at 5,000) working on my behalf, scooting along in traffic was easy, loud and satisfying.
Plus, the cool air was coming in off the Pacific Ocean, and as it mixed with the heat of the V10 expelling into the footwells, the cockpit ended up at the perfect temperature. It was like driving a convertible with the heat on, except I didn't have to turn the heat on.
After dinner, I walked outside to get the car from the valet, and I didn't have wait because the Viper was parked out front. Of course, the valet told me theyleft it there because they were concerned about the car'slow ground clearance which I'd pointed out when I arrived.
But when a bright orange Viper can sit out front as Porsches and Ferrarisspeed by, well, that can only be taken as a compliment.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,761 miles