2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: A Finger's Stretch
October 15, 2010
One thing I like about the our long-term 2009 Dodge Viper's cockpit is the close proximity of the center stack to the steering wheel.The audio and climate controls are justa finger's stretch from the 3 o'clock position. This is a good thing, because as you can imagine, the Viper isn't the kind of car where you can rest a hand on the top of the steering wheel and keep it pointed straight down the freeway. Rather, it's pretty much a track car, and minute steering inputs (intended or otherwise) will immediately affect its heading.
That's why I like the three large climate dials. They're scaled like fat crayons for preschoolers, and they're easy to adjust quickly. The fan speed dial is hidden by the shifter in this shot, but once you're in fifth or sixth gear, it's mostly unobstructed.
The audio controls are another matter. This is Chrysler's old-style head unit where you'll find such anachronisms as a two-state procedure for storing radio presets. It's a mess to use while you're driving a Viper, but this wasn't a problem over the summer, because I'd just put on a baseball game on AM radio, and forget about it.Even with the season is over for my teams, I'm still (wisely) leaving the head unit alone. It's either public radio news now or just the rumbly Viper soundtrack all the way down the freeway.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,612 miles