2015 Dodge Viper GT: Pleasant Surprise - Nose Doesn't Scrape
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 15, 2015
With a low-slung sports car, a minimal amount of ground clearance is just something you learn to deal with. To avoid scraping up the car's front chin, you take an angled approach to just about everything. Pedestrians or other motorists watch with amusement as you baby your expensive toy over a 4-inch speedbump.
In a bit of good news though, our 2015 Dodge Viper GT is actually better than average in this regard.
I've noticed it most on my driveway. The Viper's arch-rival, the Corvette, notoriously scrapes its underbody wind-cheating plastic skirt every time I've backed out of my garage (C5, C6 and C7 anyway). With the Viper, there's no such problem.
There's even a local restaurant I go to on occasion located in a strip mall with a dramatically angled entryway ramp from the street. Many cars, not just sports cars, can get scuffed if you're not careful. I wasn't planning on taking the Viper on the ramp, and feared the worst when I did. But I was near-amazed when it drove through the gauntlet, trouble-free.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor