2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Viper Burnouts. From The Source.

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Viper Burnouts. From The Source.

May 12, 2010


Ever wonder what it's like to do an utterly guilt-free burnout in a 600-horsepower Dodge Viper?

So did I.

Until last week.

Accountability free burnouts after the jump.

Despite what some readers think, we don't do this stuff at every opportunity, so unwinding all 560 lb-ft of torque with impunity was quite the experience. Some editors questioned the Viper's ability to churn its meats given its rather undramatic track launch. After all, with zero wheelspin, this car hits 60 in 3.7 seconds. It doesn't need to burnout, they argued.

But it can.

Oh, yes, it can.What's it like? Well, have you ever rolled naked in a field of virgins covered in fairy dust? Me neither. But I'd guess it's nothing like that. It's probably more like driving a D9 Caterpillar through a brick building. Or at least it's accomplished with equalsubtlety. Even with stupidly tall gears and massive grip, the Viper's 8.4 liters overcome physics with the same effort Randy Couture might need to punch out a skinny Inside Line editor.

And it's fun. Fun like watching Nitro Circus while sucking back a quart ofVenom energy drink. Fun like a tandem BASE jump with Jolene Van Vugt. Fun of the sort that can't be had behind a keyboard. Or in a cubicle.

And when the party ends in first gear things only improve. Grab second, right foot still pinned to the floor and reignite 26 inches of rubber when the clutch comes out. It's one of my three favorite things in the whole world -- right at the zenith of the manliness scale withGrave Digger and pump-action shotguns.

What's more, doing burnouts in the aging Viper -- the last of its kind -- just feels right. This car, with its complete lack of electronic governance, is like a rolling middle finger to modern automotive convention. It's also the best thing to ever happen to the color orange. And I love it.

Burnouts in a Viper are the kind of thing I hope all of you -- every last one -- gets to experience some day. You all need to, whether you think so or not.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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