2015 Dodge Viper GT: High-Horsepower Headlights Come With a Caveat
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on September 29, 2015
You can only drive as fast as you can see. Once you start out-driving your headlights, you're in trouble. Fortunately, our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper has some mega headlights. They're almost as fast as the car, and that's saying a lot.
I found out that the effectiveness of the Viper's headlights on a twisty road like Angeles Crest Highway is dependent on one crucial factor, however.
You have to use the high beams.
Using only the low beams, the headlight cutoff is razor-sharp and simply too low for this road. Consequently, the light doesn't penetrate nearly far enough into a turn, so you have no inkling what's ahead or even where the road goes. You have to back way, way off as a result.
Clicking on the high beams utterly transforms the situation. There's a wall of even white light that spills way over to the sides and way up high. This is a bit unusual, as manufacturers often accomplish the reverse (lots of light in the middle, nothing on the sides), which places a big black hole in the illumination precisely where the corner goes.
Not so in the Viper. With the high beams on, they're stunningly effective headlights.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor