If you’re looking for a year round car in Chicago winters, this isn’t it. Cockpit is tight but consistent with the feel of the ride. Somewhat spartan but nonetheless fun and a head turner for the price on older ones around circa 2000. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Vette, this might be the one.
This car is not an easy car to operate. The viper was made to do 3 things. Go like hell, stop well, and corner well. Luxuries like traction/yaw control, heads up displays, and even an awesome radio are not part of what viper is about. If you want those things, go buy a corvette! Nothing turns heads like the viper, so expect a lot of attention, especially from kids. Acceleration takes practice to not break traction. You must learn to press the pedal not stomp on it! If you get a flat tire, plan on a flatbed because the car cannot be towed and I didn't trust the donut you get for a spare. Buy a used rim and put a tire on it. Finally, watch out for the law, because they will be watching for u!
Power is incredible. Its even faster if you are in the passenger seat. Looks are like nothing else on the road, awesome. Will hold a turn up to 0.99 g.
The radio is terrible as are the speakers. Would have been nice if the car came with run flat tires.
This car is not for the faint at heart and should not be considered as a daily driver. This is a piece of American History, a true American exotic car which will hold its own against the European exotics. If you are not used to attention or want privacy then you should avoid this car as it will draw attention as people have swarmed over my car and I have been stopped so people could take pictures of the car. The car does have flaws especially in the interior but once you hit the throttle the one word emerges "WOW" and all the flaws are forgotten. This car is my weekend getaway, were all life problems are forgotten at the turn of the ignition.
The engine is rated at 450 HP, which I feel is underrated. The amazing part of this car is the simplicity, no computer controlled suspension and no ABS yet this Viper will out turn most other exotics and the plain old disc brakes will give you a whiplash if you are not careful.
The only improvements are that the care should have a glove box, better sealed roof and a cup holder.
The car will rip the road out from under you if you don't respect it. It is so responsive it is hard to drive at first. It is hard not to push down on the pedal and let it rip. You do not have to race anyone to prove anything, the car is fast and they all know it. After owing my Viper for five years it is still a thrill to drive. It feels good to even wax it and see the body lines and stripes glisten in the garage lighting.
Body lines, accileration, solidness, handling in corners, @80MPH it feels like it is idling(and it is 1400RPM)Not that it matters ,but it really gets over 20 miles per gallon on the highway @ 80MPH.
Turning radius is not good, there is no cup holder, shifting took a while to master, radio speakers had to be upgraded, Front end clearence and length of hood makes it hard to park. (you have to back in to be safe)