2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: A Daily Driver by Exotic Standards
July 30, 2010
Fast as our 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10is, I have to slow down the worldto enjoy it.
When I'm in a hurry to get somewhere, its seating position, limited visibility, sluggish off-the-line responseand lack of cabin lighting drive me up the wall. Yet, when I just forget about getting somewhere (like the office), and just sit back in the semi-reclined driver seat, take my time with the gearchanges, drop the windows to let some the engine heat out of the cockpit, and leave the worries of the law-abiding world behind, the Viper really does satisfy.
Driving it this morning, I thought of our old 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi. I liked that car best when I didn't care about where I was going, rather only about the road I was going on.
The Viper's V10 can't even be mentioned in the same sentence as the Ferrari's sweet, mid-mounted.... nope, can'ttype it. But you know, it sure is easier to get in and just drive the Viper. You don't have to bleed the cooling systemif it's been sitting for a while; all the electronics work; all the cylinders are firing. For now at least, starting up the Viper is as turnkey as starting up a Honda Fit.
And tomorrow I will take advantage of that and take the Viper on a good long drive. I'm thinking Cerro Noroeste.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,074 miles