2014 SRT Viper Review

April 4, 2014
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Looking for a supercar to test drive? Consider the track-ready 2014 SRT Viper which does not fail to give drivers a thrilling experience. It is always worth giving a try.

NEW FOR THE 2014 VIPER

  • TA Special Edition Package
  • Anodized Carbon Edition Package
  • Rain mode in the multimode stability control system

UNDER THE HOOD

What motivates the 2014 SRT Viper is an 8.4-liter V10 engine that puts out 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission distributes the power to the rear wheels. The EPA rated the SRT Viper’s fuel economy at 12 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.

ON THE ROAD

The Viper isn’t an easy supercar, especially if you’re not a committed enthusiast. But it is undoubtedly one of the supercars in the world that will make you drool. What sets the SRT Viper apart from the competition is its meaty 8.4-liter V10. Of all the naturally aspirated car engines in the world, this one produces most torque. This and the whopping 640 horsepower move the Viper.

With the electronic aids added last year, the SRT supercar is easier to handle now. It still feels jittery at the limit, though. There’s plenty of grip when accelerating, braking and cornering. If you are a certified enthusiast of high-performance driving, there’s no way you’re not going to love and drool over the SRT Viper.

INSIDE THE 2014 VIPER

The SRT Viper is geared towards performance and not comfort. It’s understandable that the automaker sacrificed that part. The Viper is a 2-door 2-seater which has enough room for taller drivers. They just have to recline the seat further back, though, to improve visibility. Actually, average-sized drivers might also find the outward visibility an issue because of the low roof line.

The seats are firm and narrow and have generous side bolsters. There are also anchors for racing harnesses. From behind the wheel, the interior design of any Viper model does not look like it was compromised for performance. The layout of the controls is logical and the controls themselves are easy to use.

Storage spaces are not plenty inside the Viper. But the trunk is surprisingly big for the class at more than 14 cubic feet.

KEY FEATURES

The base SRT Viper comes standard with LED taillights; leather-wrapped shift knob, brake handle, instrument panel and steering wheel; push-button start; 9-speaker audio system; Uconnect system with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, satellite radio and rearview camera display; USB port; auxiliary audio jack; SD card; SRT Performance Pages; edgeless auto-dimming rearview mirror; Brembo disc brakes; 18-inch front, 19-inch rear aluminum wheels; and remoter keyless access and go.

The GTS model adds rearview camera, Nappa leather interior trim, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation system, HD radio, and red calipers.

One of the must-have optional features is the 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. As for the available packages, here are the new ones for 2014:

ANODIZED CARBON EDITION PACKAGE: orange calipers, carbon-fiber interior accents, Alcantara headliner, matte paint finish

TA SPECIAL EDITION PACKAGE: Advanced Aerodynamics Package, fabric seats with orange stitching, lightweight wheels, unique exterior and interior details

Photo credit: drivesrt.com

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