2015 Dodge Viper GT: Hammers through 20,000 Miles
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on June 10, 2016
Our 2015 Dodge Viper flew over the 20,000-mile mark the way it was meant to — on a race track at wide open throttle.
"Would you buy one?" my passenger asks, climbing out after a few hot laps around Big Willow. "Because I think I really want one now."
I tell him that it isn't really my style, so probably not. But I empathize with his sentiment: adrenaline can be a powerfully addictive drug.
If I had the means to own a Viper and only use it for track days, I might want one, too. But living in the real world with it is another story. Over the last 10,000 miles, the Edmunds Editorial team seems to have been divided into three camps: the ones who would own a Viper, those who thought they might but changed their minds, and those who avoid it at all costs.
One thing that's indisputable is how well the Viper has held up during its relatively rough life with us. Aside from the recalls earlier this year, a round-trip cross-country journey, a handful of hard track days and countless casual thrashings on nearby mountain roads have done little damage beyond an extravagant tire change.
We're coming up on the Viper's one-year anniversary with us, which means its days are numbered. I think on some level we'll all hate to see it go, but we'll love to watch it leave.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor @ 20,0078 miles