2015 Dodge Viper GT: I'll Miss You When You're Gone
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 27, 2016
All good things must come to an end, and so goes my time with our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper. I knew it wouldn't be around forever, but that doesn't make me any less sorry. I've really enjoyed every curve, every shift and every time the rear starts to slip when you flat foot in through first, second and third.
I started at Edmunds as an intern in May of 2015. One of my first assignments was to write the car's introduction. I was excited to have it in the test fleet, even if it was months before I got more than a few minutes of seat time. When I finally did, the car failed to disappoint.
I was never a huge fan of the previous Vipers. I had a bit of seat time in a 1994 Viper owned by a family friend, but, as exciting as it was, I never pined for one. In truth, I grew up in a GM family. My father has owned 17 Corvettes over his life, five since I've been around. I appreciated the Viper, but it was always the wild and raucous American sports car. It may have been faster than the Corvette, but, to me, it was never more appealing.
Things have changed with the current Viper. It's still fast and wild, but it's also a bit more refined. I'm still not sure if I would buy one, but I'm not sure I would go out and get a Z06 either.
Production ends on the Viper next year. While it may not be the car for me, I'm happy that it exists. The car is a riot and it makes everything else on the road seem milquetoast in comparison. At least for a few moments.
Goodbye, Viper. I'll miss you.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 19,607 miles