2015 Dodge Viper GT: Finding a Classy Way to Get In And Out
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 8, 2015
Not one to worry much about being graceful, I find getting in and out of our 2015 Dodge Viper simple: Just flop yourself down in there and wriggle around a bit until the pedals and steering wheel are in the right spot.
The process is a little more complicated than your normal car for two reasons. One, the door opening is small. Two, the door sill is wide. And three, the side pipes make that sill excruciatingly hot. It sounds similar to jumping through a flaming hoop.
So I challenged my girlfriend to try it.
I wanted to hear how difficult it was from her perspective. I may not care about graceful entry, but I also don't wear fancy dresses or heels.
We devised a consumer advice test with the logic that when you drive a swanky car, you want to go to swanky places. And you want to feel swanky when you get out. Mind you, we didn't actually go anywhere swanky, but somehow she still agreed. On went some elegant shoes, and out came my notepad. A few practice runs later, she found the right process — with only one burn to show from it.
A discreet ingress requires you to put your left foot in, grab right side of seatback with right hand, and sit down on the edge of the seat. While using the door as a privacy shield and avoiding touching the searing hot door sill, bring the other leg in.
The classy egress? Sit up on the side of the seat. While again avoiding the sill, use the seatback as support with your right hand and the door with your left, twist one leg out and step up.
She felt like a pro afterwards, ready for any door-opening situation in front of the finest restaurants. And then she asked for what time I'd made our reservation.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 9,205 miles