2016 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: A track-ready ACR joins the Dodge Viper lineup for 2016. The ACR has upgraded brake, suspension, and aerodynamics. 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: $87,895
GT: $95,895
GTC: $95,895
GTS: $107,995
ACR: $118,795

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)
21

2015 Dodge Viper SRT
2016 Dodge Viper SRT
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
2016 Dodge Viper ACR