The Viper RT/10 is the ultimate hotrod, brutally fast and brutal to drive. It's a no-holds-barred race car for the street, demanding both skill and endurance from its driver. It's really in a class by itself, its closest competition being the more civilized (imagine that!) Corvette ZR-1. Porsches and Ferraris are simply too refined to be considered in the same league.
The Viper sports the biggest engine on the road, this side of an 18-wheeler, a 400-hp all-aluminum 8.0-liter V10 that can propel the 2-seat roadster from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds. A Viper has been timed from 0 to 100 and back to 0 again in less than 14.8 seconds, showing that its massive disc brakes and huge, steam-roller tires are as powerful as its V10. Those brakes are not available with ABS, putting a premium on driver skill. Because it can spin its rear wheels at almost any speed, much delicacy is required on the gas pedal as well. The car is a 2-seat roadster. It has removable side curtains in place of roll-up windows and a primitive folding top that should require a building permit to erect, no Mercedes-like one-button operation here! It's basically a fair-weather toy for the person who needs to own the fastest car in town. The only option available is air conditioning, which is probably superfluous in a convertible with a top you never want to put up. The only available transmission is a 6-speed manual. Like most high-performance cars, the Viper has rear-wheel drive. The '95 model is pretty much a carryover. It's now available in green and yellow, as well as the original red. A coupe is expected in 1996.
As of mid-1994:
- $56,000 (1995 Dodge Viper RT/10)
As of September 22, 1995:
- $58,600 (1996 Dodge Viper RT/10)
As of January 4, 1996:
- $66,000 (1996-1997 Dodge Viper GTS)
- $700 (1992-1999 models)
- $2,100 (early 1995 models)
|Model year||Trim level||Transmission||Cylinders||Engine Size||Drive||MPG||Horsepower|
|1995||RT/10||6-speed manual||10||8.0L||RWD||14 City/22 Highway||400|