2015 Dodge Viper GT: Skip-Shift in a 645-hp Supercar
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 23, 2015
I wasn't a fan of the skip-shift feature in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. I don't think the feature belongs in any car really, but it felt especially sacrilegious while driving the Corvette. Our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper has a skip-shift feature, too. It feels even more out of place in a V10 Dodge.
The feature, designed to increase fuel economy, locks out second and third gear and forces you to shift from first gear directly to fourth, provided that your throttle position and RPMs are within the correct parameters. Luckily, the Viper's skip-shift is pretty easy to avoid.
According to the Viper's manual, "Skip Shift is enabled when vehicle speed is greater than 16 MPH but less than 18 MPH and the accelerator is at 20% or less." Basically, there's a tiny window where skip-shift is engaged and if you want to avoid the forced shift, just change gears early (or later).
So while the skip-shift feels out of place, it's difficult to engage in normal driving. After several days commuting the Viper through city traffic, I only came up on the feature once or twice and there was a very basic solution: more loud pedal.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor