2015 Dodge Viper GT: Poor Panel Fitment Overshadows Great Design
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 11, 2015
I think our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper is a great-looking car. Even without the ridiculous speed and fantastic noises it makes, I love the way it makes me feel when it's standing still.
The sweeping character line that cuts through the front fender and glides back over the rear wheels is strong, but not so angular that it interrupts the flow of the design. The duckbill spoiler proves that function and form can exist in the same place at the same time. The wheels are large, but so is the car. It's proportional and attractive, until you look a bit closer.
The doors don't line up with the hood and the hood doesn't line up with the front bumper. The side panels protrude out an eighth of an inch further than the hood, and they're also further forward than they should be. Around the back, there's a massive gap between the trunk lid and the rear quarter panel and an equally-large chasm between trunk lid and the top of rear bumper.
Spend enough time staring at the Viper and you can see a flaw from nearly every angle. The design is right, but the fit and finish need work.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 9,400 miles