The 2001 Dodge Viper is one of the most powerful vehicles available to the general public, albeit in a fairly limited run. The speed, grace, and agility of the Viper shame even the best-built luxury sedans on the market. This car design does not suit day-to-day driving; the Viper wants to be driven fast and hard. In fact, controlling the Viper at road and highway speeds proves somewhat difficult due to the responsive controls intended for high-speed driving.
The Dodge Viper, along with similar vehicles, enjoys a reputation as a toy for the rich or as a status symbol. The Dodge Viper comes at an extremely high price. In addition, it proves hard to handle under normal driving conditions, so using it in those situations seems impractical. If you can find a track designed for these types of vehicles, the Viper is an enjoyable vehicle to operate just for its own sake. However, drivers looking for a roadway vehicle would be better served with more practically designed vehicles.
Body Styles: convertible, coupe
Engines: 8.0-liter ten-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Viper GTS, Dodge Viper RT-10
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide standard equipment on the 2001 Dodge Viper. Race yellow and deep sapphire blue add to the list of body colors.
The Dodge Viper comes as a convertible or a coupe. Both body types otherwise share all the same features and even have the same model number. The Viper serves as a small, aerodynamic, graceful-looking car. Ornamentation remains minimal, beyond the Dodge logo on the front, for the sake of performance.
The Dodge Viper seems extremely minimalistic in terms of interior space due to the size of the engine and other systems. It offers almost no storage space and the cabin feels tightly enclosed, although a small internal trunk remains available as an option. However, the 2001 Dodge Viper feels surprisingly comfortable due to the well-built seats. Drivers looking for some degree of comfort need to get the optional ACR package, which adds air-conditioning and a CD player.
Performance & Handling
In the hands of a skilled driver, the 2001 Dodge Viper marks one of the higher performing vehicles on the consumer market. It moves fast without losing its agility at speeds other vehicles could only dream of attaining. The main downside concerns the lack of areas where drivers can properly open up the Dodge Viper. Under the proper conditions, it runs amazing across the board.
The Dodge Viper’s high performance does come at a slight cost. The vehicle proves very difficult to drive and control without experience operating similar vehicles. The amount of power in the Viper far exceeds most consumer vehicles. Difficulty results the vehicle’s responsiveness; it seems very easy to over stress the Viper. It remains easier to operate than an actual racecar, but it shows a noticeable difference from most vehicles.
The weak point of the Dodge Viper concerns day-to-day driving. Controlling the vehicle in low-speed conditions proves difficult because the acceleration and handling comes designed for high-speed, high-performance driving. Skilled drivers easily misjudge their acceleration or turning, even when attempting to operate it at the speed limit.
The Dodge Viper offers very little in the way of safety features beyond dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes, both of which come standard. However, calling the Viper unsafe seems a little misleading. Dodge doesn’t make it for daily driving like most vehicles on the market. It focuses on high performance, where most of the standard safety features found in a passenger vehicle prove less effective. In the hands of a skilled driver who drives it on a roadway intended for this high-performance vehicle, the Dodge Viper is quite safe. The safety issues come when unskilled drivers use it on roads that cannot handle this vehicle’s power.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Viper: 10/19 mpg city/highway
- Nearly racecar-level acceleration and handling
- Excellent anti-lock brakes
You Won't Like
- Extremely high price tag
- Impractical for most drivers
- Poor fuel economy
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