2015 Dodge Viper GTC

Pros: Explosive acceleration; razor-sharp handling with virtually nonexistent body lean in turns; surprisingly high-end interior trimmings; unmistakable, head-turning styling

Cons: Engine’s high-volume growl can grow tiring on longer trips; it’s (not surprisingly) a gas guzzler; cramped cabin with poor rear visibility; punishing, buckboard-stiff ride, even in “Comfort” mode

CG Says: For 2015, Viper reverts back to the Dodge brand after two years under the SRT label. Viper is significantly less expensive than last year and gains five horsepower for a total of 645. A new GT model with adjustable suspension and more luxurious interior joins the lineup. This new generation of Viper sends a mixed message. On the one hand, it remains a performance machine of the highest order, with racetrack credentials few cars can match. But on the other hand, it has veered from its raw heritage with a gussied-up interior and the latest electronic gadgets with the aim of becoming more “civilized.” That sounds like a great combination, and to some, it may be. But the Viper is really too brutal to be a comfortable Grand Touring car — leather-trimmed luxury notwithstanding — so to others, that only serves to blur the focus. Make no mistake about it: The Viper is a performance car of the highest degree. But it certainly wouldn’t be our choice for a cross-country trip.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Dodge
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SRT: $84,995
GT: $94,995
GTC: $94,995
GTS: $107,995

Base Engine
8.4-liter V10
Horsepower
645
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
12
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20

2015 Dodge Viper SRT
2015 Dodge Viper SRT