2009 Dodge Viper Long Term Road Test

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Viper Visibility

June 16, 2010

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High-end performance coupes aren't known for their outward visibility, but in our long-term 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 it's actually pretty good.

With its large rear window, well-placed (and relatively large)exterior mirrors and effective rearview mirror our bright orange Dodge isn't just about being seen, but being able to see. Sure, the A-pillars are pretty thick and you sit low, so it's not exactly atop seat at The Hollywood Bowl, but considering the vehicle's outward proportions it could be much worse.

You still have to be prudent when parking, as it's impossible to tell where the Viper's front and rear ends really end. However, once you're rolling there's little apprehension, even while navigating tight morning rush-hour traffic (as seen above).

When I think of some other cars we've had (or have)in the fleet, including the Chevrolet Camaro, HondaCrosstour and Nissan 350Z, this thing feels downright "airy" inside.

Again, this is rare onmost high-end two-seaters with several hundred horsepower. If you've driven any exotic cars how did you find their visibility?

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 10,103 miles

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