2015 Dodge Viper GT: Good-Enough Air Conditioning
July 23, 2015
I loved our 2009 Dodge Viper. Drove it all the time. That car and me were buds. I've got nothing but pleasant memories of that car, with one exception: the air conditioning.
It's a Viper after all and what Vipers do is blow cold air at your hands and let your feet cook in heat generated by its massive truck motor. Don't believe me? Erin wrote it down which means it must be true.
Our 2015 Dodge Viper doesn't do this!
During my break-in road trip, the temps hovered around 116 with the occasional spike to 118 and the occasional low of 112. For more than 12 hours, the Viper existed in triple-digit temps and, honest-to-god, not once did I complain about the air conditioning. My feet weren't cooking and my hands weren't frozen. The interior of the car was almost cool.
Sure, it would've been neat if it had gotten so cold I had to turn the fan down or if it had some sort of humidity control as it was bone dry in there, but Vipers are supposed to be a little rough around the edges. The air con's acceptableness wasn't just limited to closed-cabin cruising, either. After a stop where we left the doors open, the system cleared out the heat in a matter of minutes.
Unfortunately, the items in the trunk of the car did not enjoy the same lack of hotness as the front-seat occupants did. That's okay, though. I like my sunscreen boiling.
*Apologies on the crummy picture. The in-car meter finally leveled at 118, I was too bored to stop and my passenger assured me that they got the shot. I'll double check their work next time.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 1,608 miles