The 2006 Dodge Viper is one of the most powerful vehicles available to the general public. The speed, grace, and agility shame even the finest luxury sedans on the market. It is not a car designed for day-to-day driving; it is intended to be driven fast and hard. In fact, controlling it at road and highway speeds is somewhat difficult, due to the responsive controls intended for high-speed driving. Its high performance does come at a slight cost: it is very difficult to drive and control without experience operating similar vehicles. The amount of power far exceeds most consumer vehicles. The reason for this difficulty is because it is so responsive, that it is very easy to over-steer. It is not as difficult to operate as an actual racecar, but there is a noticeable difference compared to most vehicles.
The 2006 Dodge Viper is often regarded as a toy for the rich or as a status symbol. This view is not entirely inaccurate: It is extremely expensive, and difficult to handle under normal driving conditions, so using it every day is impractical. The best way to describe it is not so much as a car, but an experience. However, drivers looking for a roadway vehicle would be better served with more practically-designed vehicles.
Body Styles: convertible, coupe
Engines: 8.3-liter 10-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Viper SRT-10
The 2006 Dodge Viper has not seen any significant performance or systems changes. The only change was the addition of a coupe body option; the convertible body is otherwise identical to the 2005 model.
The 2006 Dodge Viper is available as a convertible or a coupe. Both body types share all the same features and even have the same model number. It is a small, aerodynamic, graceful-looking car. Ornamentation is minimal beyond the Dodge logo on the front, for the sake of performance.
The 2006 Dodge Viper is extremely minimalistic in terms of interior space, due to the size of the engine and other systems. There is almost no storage space, and the cabin is tightly enclosed. However, it is surprisingly comfortable due to the well-built seats. The audio system is a six-disc CD player with a built-in head unit. It does not have anywhere near the features of a luxury sedan, but the few it does have are exceptional.
Performance & Handling
In the hands of a skilled driver, the 2006 Dodge Viper is one of the higher-performing vehicles on the consumer market. It is fast without losing its agility at speeds other vehicles could only dream of attaining. Under the proper conditions, it is amazing across the board. The weak point is day-to-day driving. Controlling the vehicle in low-speed conditions can be difficult because the acceleration and handling is designed for high-speed, high-performance driving. It is very easy for less-skilled drivers to misjudge their acceleration or turning, even when attempting to operate it at the speed limit. Part of the reason high-performance vehicles are considered to be unsafe is because some drivers are unable to control these vehicles.
The 2006 Dodge Viper has very little in the way of safety features beyond dual-front airbags. The anti-lock brake system is much better than most other vehicles due to the higher performance design. However, saying it is unsafe is somewhat misleading. It is not designed for day-to-day driving, like most vehicles on the market. It is designed for high performance, where most of the standard safety features found in a passenger vehicle are not as effective. In the hands of a skilled driver operating it on a roadway intended for this type of high performance vehicle, it is quite safe. The safety issues come when unskilled drivers use it on roads that are not designed for a vehicle this powerful.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Viper: 11/19 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
A stunning weekend vehicle with racecar power.
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