November 02, 2010
Took the Viper out to the SEMA show this week. Figured, if anything would fit in at SEMA, it's a 600-hp, orange sportscar. Along the way I exercised serious restraint, after all, the highway patrol wasn't oblivious to the fact that thousands of car nuts would be making the trip from L.A. to Vegas.
It paid off. Not only did I not get a ticket, but I'm pretty sure my lazy pace returned around 20 miles per gallon. Not bad for an 8.4-liter V10. I'll get the final numbers after I make the return trip.
And by the way, I wasn't the only eye-catching, orange vehicle on the road. Click through to see who else was making their way up I-15 on Monday. Utah game I presume.
October 04, 2010
For some reason, our 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 didn't make the big list of September Fuel Economy this month. So here are the stats:
Avg MPG: 15.9 mpg
Best tank: 25.1
Worst tank: 9.1
Longest range: 287 miles
EPA: 13/22, 16 combined.
And for those who wondered if my "GTi or Viper" post was sincere--Absolutely not. The Viper is a kitten in the rain and, while I did miss having my iPod all weekend, the few hours of driving a Viper in the rain more than made up for it.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor Inside Line @ 17,024 miles
July 19, 2010
Screw freeways. I wanted tohave some fun in the 2009 Dodge Viper during the long haul back to Los Angeles.
Highway 24,a long, straight stetch off I-70 about 12 miles west of Green River, UT, was the first leg in this side journey. Be aware that the Viper trulyhas a hunger for triple digits. Its high-speed stability and loafing engine makes 100 feel like 40, 120 like 60. On this road,the Viperfound speed of its ownaccord. I swear, officer.
In Torrey, UT, we took Highway 12 south. Now this is what we're after -- the tedium of Hwy 24 makes this car guy's paradise that much more welcome, and it's the the kind of place to which you vow to return. Sinuous bends and turns and rises and dips etched through aspen woods and brutal rock outcroppings made bizarre by eons of erosion.Completely fantastic. Many passing zones, too. The Viper's massive thrust and grip flattened the hills with zero effort.
Portions of this gobsmacking tarmac bliss findthe Viper out of its element. Its huge proportions make it unsuited for threading the tighter segments, and it can become unsettled by bumps. There's also an apparenthitch in the steering off center, where the ratio seems to abruptly increase. In reality the ratio is constant and it is the loading that varies, but the resulting sensitivity to steering inputs requires some adjustment.
Still, enormous fun. We eventually hit 89 South to Zion and ripped out a couple-mile hike in our sneakers. Daylight lingers til 10pm, which really mucks with your brain's dinner bell.
We then found I-15 and headed south, with the memory of Highway 12 beckoning us back another day.
For the round trip in the Viper, we covered 2,326 miles,averaged 20 mpg, got shaken down by the fuzz once, consumed 14 liters of water and smashed 1,479 insects. We learned that roadtripping in a Viper isn't logical or the kind of thing you'd elect to repeat, but is an experience that shouldn't be passed up if the offer arises.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 13,544 miles.
July 15, 2010
Hey, do you remember if there was a gas station where we exited the freeway? 'Cuz all we've seen for miles and miles isa lot of this:
June 17, 2010
After the jump you'll find total distance traveled; best, worst and average fuel economy as well as gallons used; time travelend; the fantastic conclusion to the 'how far did the Viper go on one tank of fuel' cliffhanger;and, just to keep it interesting, some more pictures of a very orange Dodge Viper.
The EPA rates the 2009 Dodge Viper at 13 mpg city, 22 highway and 16 combined.
Over the course of 1,168miles (8,807 - 9,975 on the odo) I averaged 18.2 mpg.
May 27, 2010
Already there are plenty of entries in the fuel logbook for our 2009 Dodge Viper with the following notations: "Not full?!" "Pump clicked off early." "Bad pump."
So it's probably not the pump, but the car. I've filled the Viper up three times now, and the one time I really got it full, the pump initially clicked off after a half-gallon had gone in, and then I said, "Oh, no you don't..." and proceeded to twist and caress the pump until over 12 gallons had gone in. The following fill-up I forgot and the pump clicked off after 10 gallons. I did the usual manual top-off, but still ended up with the tank only 7/8 full.
Moral of my only semi-interesting story? Refueling the Viper must be done the same way we did with our other exotic, the 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi: with care, patience and persistence.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor