Chrysler’s Dodge Viper is a V-10 powered sport car that is 100% fun. This two-seat hyper car is expensive, and not at all practical, but it packs muscle and turns heads. The Viper is a charmer because of its aggressive character. The centerpiece of the Viper is its 8.0-liter, 400 horsepower (hp), V-10 engine. It can accelerate from zero to 60 in just 4.6 seconds. It can also do a straight-line quarter-mile at 12.6 seconds.
Overall, the Dodge Viper is a powerhouse of an automobile. It is slightly overpriced for the class it is in, but it offers style and elegance not seen in other roadsters. Moreover, it can be modified to compete with its rivals on all performance levels.
Body Styles: two-door roadster
Engines: 400-hp 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Dodge Viper RT/10
The 1995 Dodge Viper has no significant changes from previous models.
The 1995 Dodge Viper’s exterior is comprised of a tubular steel frame with fiberglass panels. One could compare driving the Viper to playing Ping-Pong with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. The vehicle has a curb weight of 3502 pounds. The Viper rides on a 96.2-inch wheelbase, and is 175.1 inches long, 75.7 inches wide, and 44 inches tall. The Viper comes standard with 17-inch wheels. It has rack and pinion steering and full independent suspension. Standard exterior equipment includes fog lights, power brakes, alloy wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers.
The Viper has no exterior door handles, side windows, or roof. A soft-top cover is available and fabric curtains or clear plastic – operated with zippers - can be inserted into the door when needed.
The Dodge Viper is a two-seater with about 42.6 inches of legroom. Standard equipment includes adjustable lumbar-supporting bucket seats, a premium audio system with an AM/FM cassette audio system, a tachometer, leather seats, a tilt steering wheel, and a leather shift knob and steering wheel. Air-conditioning and a CD player are optional.
Performance & Handling
The Dodge Viper is amazingly powerful. Torque, not horsepower, is the force moving the Viper’s wheels. The Viper’s engine produces 465 lb-ft at 3600 rpm, which is practically unprecedented. It comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with only the first two gears accelerating past 65 mph. Shifting is smooth, as the Viper clicks nicely into each gear with short and precise throws. Its large tires make cornering problem-free. This car stays stable even on high-speed cornering. That being said, caution is still advised to unskilled drivers not accustomed to driving at high speeds. Overall, the 1995 Dodge Viper handles like a champion!
Fog lights are standard on the Dodge Viper. There are no NHTSA crash test ratings available at this time.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Viper: 12/21 mpg city/highway
- Fun factor
- Six-speed manual gearbox
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Kick-start my heart! Massive power in a head-turning body frame.
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