2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: 6th Gear at 60=1,200 rpm
August 19, 2010
After giving ourLong-Term 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 aberating over its silly skip-shift feature I must admit to its impressive ability to motivate in top gear, even at a lug-worthy 1,200 rpm.
Some would argue a six-speed connected to a torque-monster V10 is akin to launching a smear campain against Mel Gibson -- a completely unnecessary effort. Be that as it may, the Viper can maintain highway speeds in six gear, though I wouldn't suggest climbing Vail Pass in this mode (though bump your speed up to an illegal 80 mph on that stretch of I70 and you'd likely do just fine).
I still find the skip-shift annoying and unrealistic in terms of going 1st-to-4th gear at low speeds, even with this much power. But 6th gear isn't a totally unused gate in this car's transmission.
Be fun to fill the Viper with gas in Kansas, put it in 6th gear ASAP after pulling onto the freeway, and see what kind of mileage this 600-horsepower V10 can get at 60 mph for an entire tank.
Not that I'm volunteering.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large