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2009 Dodge Viper SRT10: Viperoadtrip Leg One Done

July 15, 2010

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I picked up Ryan at LAX in the mid-afternoon. The drive had us plodding the Viper up I-15 through the shame of our nation, Las Vegas, ending with dinner and sleep in a Mesquite, NV, casino. There's really nothing to see on this leg. Our goal for this day's drive was to get some miles in the bag so that we might be able to do a bit of exploring on the next day's drive.

The shot above was taken during a side jaunt on Highway 118 near Monroe, UT.

Road and wind noise isn't too bad. It's there, but not obnoxiously so. Strangely, when you get it into sixth gear at about 80 -- since that gear is utterly worthless at speeds less than this -- the moan of the lugging engine plus the wind noise at the A-pillar make it sound like you're in a Cessna. This is the surely one of the most unimpressive-sounding engines today, even when you wood it.

But, man, when you need to blast by a row of crawlers on the freeway, a downshift to third or even second gear is all it takes to make everyone warp backwards.

Also, the floor gets hot. Not Corvette-hot, more like an electric blanket-hot. The aircon's quite effective, though, so it's no problem when you're moving, even in summer-desert-at-midday conditions. If you park for lunch, the car feels like an oven when you return to it, though.

Also, the seatbelts havea half-twist in them. Both sides. Odd.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 11,701 miles.

Previous Viperoadtrip entries: first, second

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