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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Hammers through 20,000 Miles

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on June 10, 2016

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Our 2015 Dodge Viper flew over the 20,000-mile mark the way it was meant to — on a race track at wide open throttle.

"Would you buy one?" my passenger asks, climbing out after a few hot laps around Big Willow. "Because I think I really want one now."

I tell him that it isn't really my style, so probably not. But I empathize with his sentiment: adrenaline can be a powerfully addictive drug.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Recalled for Service

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles voluntarily recalled a batch of the current-generation Vipers, which included our 2015 Dodge Viper GT, for an oil contamination and consumption issue. There was also another recall for the radio software that affects a whole bunch more Chrysler products.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Recalled for Service

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016

2015 Dodge Viper GT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles voluntarily recalled a batch of the current-generation Vipers, which included our 2015 Dodge Viper GT, for an oil contamination and consumption issue. There was also another recall for the radio software that affects a whole bunch more Chrysler products.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: New Tires Don't Come Cheap

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 28, 2016

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After two cross-country road trips, a few track days and plenty of hard miles through local b-roads, our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper needed some new rubber. I started calling around, searching tire websites and scouring the web for options. In the end though, I discovered that there were only two realistic options for tires on our Viper.

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2015 Dodge Viper: Taking a Beating

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on January 20, 2016

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That gorgeous Midnight Blue paint on our 2015 Dodge Viper GT is getting battered by road debris. The image above is right after a car wash, before I even got in to leave. It looks like the damage is limited to the clearcoat, so I'm planning to give that frontal area a good buffing with all the detailing equipment we have from Meguiar's.

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2015 Dodge Viper: Doesn't Want a Full Tank

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 30, 2015

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No, that title doesn't refer to the diminutive center on your high school basketball team. That's Short Phil. I'm referring to a recurring problem when refueling our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: It Deserves Better Service

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on November 13, 2015

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At the core of the Viper persona is raw power. The car can be brutal and unforgiving, and it commands respect. It makes no excuses for its actions. And in all of its years, the addition of stability control was the closest it's come to an apology for what it is: Awesome.

Our 2015 Dodge Viper earned its place atop the Dodge performance lineup. True, Hellcats have blurred the leaderboard recently. But there should still be no contesting the recognition and attention that a 645-horsepower, $100,000 Viper deserves ahead of the high-volume likes of the Dart or Avenger.

So why is the Viper service experience so poor?

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Low Pressure on All Four Tires

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 2, 2015

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"DING... DING... DING..."

Our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper started chiming at me about a mile into my morning commute last week and a message popped up on the TFT display. It read "Low Tire" so I cycled through the available screens to find the tire pressure readings. Only one tire (the front left) was low enough to set off the warning but all four tires were below the recommended cold-spec of 29 PSI.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Road Trip Oil Change Proves Puzzling

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on August 27, 2015

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At some point during my coast-to-coast road trip in our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper, it became apparent that the oil change interval would crop up before I returned to Los Angeles.

It appeared as though I'd be in Denver roughly near the point when the odometer reached the 6,000-mile mark for its first service. This would work out well, I thought, until later in my trip when my arrival plans firmed up. That is, it became clear that my arrival in Denver would be on a Saturday evening, and I would be leaving Denver on Sunday. Dealers are closed until Monday. Furthermore, logistics precluded getting the oil changed at my previous stopover in Kansas City.

Utah, then.

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2015 Dodge Viper: Viper, No Viping

June 30, 2015

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Bring home something like a 2015 Dodge Viper GT and the temptation to show it off, open it up and generally revel in the 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque you just bought is irresistible.

But Dodge and SRT don't want you to go hell-bent for leather in the first mile. In fact, they strongly suggest you hold off until 1,500 miles appear on the odometer. During that time the break-in period for SRT-sourced engines is pretty specific, and it consists of four phases that get gradually more permissive. Page 21 of the Viper manual spells it all out.

This is why you don't see any motion blur in the photograph above. Note also that the tachometer is pointing at a piddling 2,000 rpm. I am abiding by Phase I guidelines, which apply between 0 and 100 miles: no extended idling, go easy while braking, accelerate gently to no more than half throttle, shift before 3,500 rpm and never exceed 55 mph.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Introduction

June 26, 2015

2015 Dodge Viper GT

"The last of the muscle cars!" "The end of the V8!" "We'll never see anything this good again." We've heard these proclamations repeated and retracted more times than we can count, and knowing that, we're confident in saying the Dodge Viper is certainly the last of the truly bonkers muscle cars.

At least that's what we said five years ago when we introduced a 2009 Dodge Viper into our test fleet.

Fortunately, we were mistaken. The Dodge Viper is very much alive and kicking.

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