Getting in begins with an awkward reach inside and a tug of the too-conventional Chrysler-style door handle, and the door opens. An aside: your government says car doors need locks and would not grant the Viper an exemption, creating the curious circumstance of inside door locks that are readily accessible from the outside.
Lowering yourself into the cockpit is easier than dropping into a Corvette—which has taller rocker structures—but you must heed the label warning of doorsill heat from the enclosed side exhausts. Once settled in the supportive, leather-faced bucket seat, the view that greets you is at once unusual white-faced instruments in an unappealing gray panel material that looks and feels like double-ought sandpaper and welcoming familiar, straightforward controls and switches.
At first, you think the clutch feels oddly unyielding, but that's the brake; the pedals are offset to the left because of that great honking front-mounted motor squeezing its way into the passenger compartment. Not even the most jaded long-time owner will ever reach for the Viper's ignition switch without a palpable twinge of excitement. Lighting off ten cc cylinders will always arouse the spirit. The sound that follows, unfortunately, doesn't.
Good mechanical busyness and a hungry-mouth intake roar comes from the front, but the separate, five-cylinder, side-outlet exhaust plumbing gave the engineers fits. They couldn't tune in a melodious note and meet the federal dBA noise limit. Pulling out into city traffic for the first time is less intimidating than it might be in a car like this. The clutch action is moderately heavy but smooth in takeup, the shift lever moves with unexpected ease, and—noise aside—the.
It always offers great thrust and never bucks or spits or overheats. The steering effort is light, and the brake pedal has absolutely no lost motion. In short, despite its Hulk Hogan presence, the Viper is a pussycat to drive.
Its standard six-speaker stereo even works acceptably, with just a bit of musical detail lost to three-digit wind speeds. One feature we miss is a good left foot dead pedal. We found the Viper oddly difficult to see out of—a strange complaint in an car. The windshield frame is quite close by the driver's eyes, and low on top. We were continually ducking down to spot road signs and traffic lights, and just slid down and forward in the seat to lower our vantage point. The sport bar behind the headrests also cut off the the inside mirror's view.
The Viper tolerates the urban crush, but it lives and breathes on open roads. Be they fast or slow, it pounds along happily. It does prefer smooth surfaces, since its radically wide tires display the usual big-meat tendency to juke about trying to follow contours and ripples in the pavement.
At elevated speeds and cornering loads, this action can be startling; a sharp bump in the middle of a high-g turn is enough if it causes momentary unweighting of the tires, but in the Viper that can be accompanied by a sharp lateral feint. Even traveling straight, a big, suspension-pumping undulation in the road can threaten to change heading. That was the closest thing to a disconcerting trait we found.
During our test on California Route 33's fast sweeps north of Ojai, the big car felt secure, and predictable for the most part. The Dodge Viper has a curb weight of 1, kg 3, lb , with the body's tubular steel frame and resin-transfer molding fiberglass panels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the first generation of the Dodge Viper sports car.
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Only hand built cars produced. This Viper is 66, has 11, miles. Includes 2nd set of factory chromed factory wheels with tires. Removeable factory top, windows, cock pit covers, car cover and manual and books. Original window sticker. Good CarFax. First year Dodge built the Viper. Car only has 2, original miles. All original and have a copy of original MSO. Car is perfect in and out.
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