2015 Dodge Viper GT: I Can Happily Drive it Every Day
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 16, 2016
The debate rages on. Can you drive a Viper every day?
After living with our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper GT for 11 months and over 19,000 miles some members of our staff say yes while some say absolutely not.
I'm in the yes camp. I would happily drive our Viper every day. But I admit the circumstances have to be right.
Here are a few tips to fitting a Dodge Viper into your daily life.
Live Close to Work: I live about nine miles from the Edmunds office, which takes me about 30 minutes as I wind my way through the surface streets of West Los Angeles. It's long enough to be considered a commute, but it's short enough to be fun in the Viper.
Be a Real Gearhead: I'm obsessed with cars. Obsessed. All cars. Old. New. But, for me, personally, cars aren't about need. They're about want. Any car can get you there. Even cars you don't want. I want to want my cars. I want my cars to be more than transportation. And that usually comes with some sacrifices. I'm okay with that. The Viper is all about want.
Pad the Pedals: If I really owned the Viper and was going to drive it every single day I would make one small modification to increase its driver comfort. I would pad its pedals. The pedals in the Viper, which include its dead pedal, are raw aluminum. And they are hard. Hard. They look cool. And the gearhead inside me digs the statement they make, but rubber covers would go a long way. What can I say, I have sensitive feet.
Make Peace With the Mileage: If you drive a Viper every day you're going to purchase a lot of gas. In city driving the Viper averages about 10 mpg and needs a fill up every 140 miles or so. This reality comes with the obvious expense, but the short range also increases the hassle factor as you must take that additional time at the pump. Follow tip number one and this isn't as large an issue. My 20 mile round trip to work means I can eke out a week's worth of driving per tank. Still, for some, filling up every week will get old and financially taxing. I would get around the financial impact by forcing my young children into the workforce.
Enjoy it: The Viper is about joy. So enjoy it. Hear it. Feel it. Drive it. Really drive it. Don't talk on the phone. Don't think about work or your mortgage or that judgmental look from the Bernie supporter in his vegan Prius. And absolutely don't text. Let the Viper be your joy. Your escape. It's not a pod, so don't treat it as one. It'll put a smile on your face if you let it.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 19,485 miles