2015 Dodge Viper GT: I've Been Hard on it. And I'm Sorry. Sort of.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on March 24, 2016
I've been pretty hard on our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper and I feel bad about it.
I've nitpicked about the stereo (twice), complained about the panel gaps, criticized the non-telescoping wheel, bemoaned the lack of parking sensors, whined about the poor visibility, groaned about the super-wide rear tires, protested the presence of skip-shift in a 645-hp supercar and lamented its inconsistent ability to start after being washed.
Don't get me wrong, I stand next to those critiques, but I feel bad about saying mostly negative things about this car. And every time I drive it, I'm reminded of the one ultra-redeeming factor: It's fast. Really, really fast.
Before you roll on the throttle in any gear, you'd better be sure that the tires are warm and the road is dry. Otherwise: sideways. It makes loud, abrasive noises and people love to look at it. I've never been at a traffic light in the Viper without someone stopping in their tracks to look it up and down.
Kids give it thumbs up, burly old men in parking lots give me the car-guy-nod-of-acknowledgment when I squirm out of it at car meets, parents hold their children close for protection, and respectable women gasp in horror when it storms in to city centers. It's the tattooed, mohawked, punk rock version of a supercar. It still listens to The Clash and it's not gonna get a real job working for The Man.
It makes me laugh and grin and chuckle every time I redline a gear and the red Viper on the dash lights up. I may not like it as much as our long-term Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (which I still list as my favorite car ever when anyone asks), but I've had more than a few moments when I enjoyed the Viper, very much.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 17,950 miles