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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Two Vipers Meet In Nashville

August 12, 2015

2015 Dodge Viper GT
Photo by Ryan Frankenfield

The odds of two Vipers, each on cross-country road trips, ending up in Nashville on the same night can't be good. But that's exactly what happened on a Monday in July. I was cruising down Music City's main drag with our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper, feeling like a hot shot on day four of my coast-to-coast drive. You don't see many Vipers on the road, so I clearly would have the only one in town. And then I spotted something orange over the fender bulge. I was wrong.

Through the ever-expanding reach of Instagram, I got in touch with its owner, Ryan Frankenfield. He was driving his recently-purchased 2014 Viper TA back home to Florida from Idaho. Though he had already left town when we got in touch, I was eager to hear the details of his trip. In the image above, I took the photo on the left and Ryan shot the one on the right.

"I watched that Viper TV show as a kid," Ryan said, and he's loved the car ever since. "I never thought I'd have the opportunity to own one."

The TA is his third.

2015 Dodge Viper GT
Photo by Ryan Frankenfield

His first was a 2006 that had a little motor work done. The second was an orange 2003 with a supercharger that put 700 horsepower to its wheels. With its Michelin street tires, Ryan said "it would spin in third gear." And with drag radials on it, he ran it through the quarter in 10.69 seconds at 131 mph.

With the 2003 rapidly losing street tractability, Ryan sold it and starting hunting for a current-generation model. He found the TA in Idaho and flew out with his dad to drive it back.

2015 Dodge Viper GT
Photo by Ryan Frankenfield

Ryan hadn't done a cross-country drive before, so they took their time through the Rocky Mountains and stopped for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. They took four days to cover the 2,420 miles home and they both enjoyed the creature comforts of the new Viper. In his previous cars, Ryan says that "you'd never forget you were driving a Viper."

And how'd his dad fare?

"I think he enjoyed the drive more than I did," Ryan says.

2015 Dodge Viper GT
Photo by Ryan Frankenfield

Since getting home, Ryan says he's driven the TA everywhere. With some drag racing under his belt, he wants to try road racing next. Also, he's looking for a reason to drive across the country again.

I asked if he'd seen the Viper TV show recently. Ryan laughed and admitted that he had.

"It was pretty awful."

2015 Dodge Viper GT
Photo by Ryan Frankenfield

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor

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