2015 Dodge Viper: Fuel Update for January — That's More Like It
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on February 11, 2016
Expecting good fuel economy from an 8.4-liter V10 when it's used as a daily driver is, well, dumb. And our 2015 Dodge Viper is doing absolutely nothing to change anyone's expectations there. But what about the rest of the car?
In January we put another 1,000 miles on our quasi-supercar, and as a result we've experienced the pains — and costs — of that reality. For one thing, the nose of our beautiful blue Viper is starting to show the wear and tear that 17,000 miles does to the front end of a car. The mileage didn't just get to the paint either, as we went ahead and replaced all four tires at a head rush-inducing price of $1800.
But tires and paint are just hardware. What about the liquidware?
Like I said, there's another 1,000 miles behind our Viper, and in January we averaged just over 12.2 mpg. That brought our overall average down a bit to 14.8 mpg.
Is that poor fuel economy? Normal? Disappointingly high? I guess it depends on how you see a car like the Viper, but I'd call that number just about right. Here's where we are now:
Worst Fill MPG: 6.2
Best Fill MPG: 27.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 14.8
EPA MPG Rating: 15 Combined (12 City / 21 Highway)
Best Range: 294.3 miles
Current Odometer: 16,802 miles
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 16,802 miles