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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: The Big Toy

August 02, 2010


My favorite Dodge Viper moment of the weekend went like this: I pull into my driveway just after sunset. My neighbor's six-year-old, Austin, sees the Viper and starts jumping up and down. Immediately, he turns to his mom and says, "Can I ride with Erin into the carport?!"

Soon he's around on the passenger side. I remind him to be careful getting in, not to put his hands on the warm-hot sills because of the side-exit exhaust. The huge, bolstered seat swallows him up, but he doesn't care. He even manages to retrieve the seatbelt, which usually getsstuck behind the seat-back bolster, and buckle up.

I goose the throttle -- more than I need to for a 5-mph drive -- and Austin roars with appreciation. I goose it again as set up to back into my carport. He's delighted. We talk about V10 engines, and how cars with manual transmissions are the best, and when the Viper is parked and stopped, I let him pull up the big hand brake.

Total distance: About 100 feet.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,331 miles

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