2015 Dodge Viper GT: Squeaky Clean Engine Bay Looks Good
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on March 18, 2016
Recently, our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper went out for service and when it returned, the engine bay was in pristine condition. Part of the service was a new valve cover assembly, which at a minimum means the cross-brace and the plastic covers on the top of the engine had to be removed. When they were, some cleaning was clearly done. Most of the under-hood surfaces seemed to have been wiped down (at the very least) and it reminded me just how good this engine bay looks.
The well-laid carbon fiber is exposed on the underside of the hood when you show it some sunlight and there is a small splash of red on the plastic covers that really makes everything pop. You can see that there are several wires and hoses, but they don't dominate the view.
It might not be minimalist or entirely exposed, but up against our long-term Porsche 911 or our Jaguar F-Type, the engine bay in our Viper feels like a stripped-out racecar. Aesthetically speaking, this is a really nice engine bay. If it were mine, I'd be motivated to keep it clean.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 17,920 miles