The 2009 Dodge Viper is a two-door sports car manufactured by Dodge, a division of Chrysler Group LLC. Dodge introduced it in 1992, and it has become an iconic car for being one of the first vehicles to use a V-10 engine. The Viper pulls inspiration from the Shelby Cobra, and it uses some of the latter’s elements, such as a powerful engine, a minimalist exterior design, high performance, and aggressive styling. The first prototype was tested in 1989, and it went on sale as the RT/10 Roadster in 1992. The coupe version of the Viper debuted in 1996 as the GTS. This version falls in the second generation, which continued until 2002.
The Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division redesigned the third generation of the Viper. The 2009 Dodge Viper belongs to the fourth generation, which began in 2008 with the introduction of the new 8.4-liter V-10 engine.
Some people feel that the lack of refinement exhibited by the Dodge Viper on the outside marks a disadvantage. However, the Viper has never been one to ape its sleeker competitors. The car’s raw image and exterior has been one of its biggest attractions. For anyone looking for class and elegance, try the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or European exotic cars.
Body styles: two-door roadster, two-door coupe
Engine: 8.4-liter V-10
Transmission: six-speed manual
Model: Dodge Viper SRT-10
The 2009 Dodge Viper remains mostly the same as its previous versions. The performance-oriented Viper SRT-10 ACR, which debuted in the middle of 2008, began its first full year of production in 2009.
The iconic exterior of the 2009 Dodge Viper needs no introduction. The car defines out-and-out aggression, while its European competitors offer smooth refinement. The European exotic cars, such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, represent the epitome of grace and elegance, but the Dodge Viper symbolizes raw power and brutality. The 2009 Viper retains the iconic elements of its predecessors, such as the low-slung body, the 1989 Shelby Cobra-inspired design, insanely-wide tires, and side exhaust pipes.
The interior of the 2009 Dodge Viper marks one of its biggest problems. Many drivers find it challenging just to enter and exit the car, let alone drive it. The presence of the iconic side exhausts can result in hot side sills. In fact, the sills can get so hot that some drivers may end up burning their calves. The small door opening makes the 2009 Dodge Viper unfriendly to tall drivers.
Even if a customer overlooks the aforementioned problems, the interior of the 2009 Dodge Viper still looks surprisingly dull. The standard monotone color scheme is drab, although a two-tone color scheme comes as an option. Some positive elements can be seen, however. The instrument gauges sit well-placed on the dash, and the black-on-white marking makes them easy to read. The tachometer is relatively large and sits squarely at the center of the instrument pod, next to the speedometer.
The 2009 Dodge Viper offers certain minimal creature comforts such as climate control and a six-CD stereo system, but several other luxuries remain absent. Other similar cars made in the U.S., like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, have a far more refined interior with greater features. Exotic cars, such as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, also offer a better interior.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Dodge Viper houses a massive 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers a whopping 600 hp and 56 lb-ft of torque. With such numbers, it comes as no surprise that the car can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It can burn through a quarter-mile track in just 11.8 seconds and claims a top speed of 200 mph.
The Viper design channels as much power as it can from the engine, resulting in a rough, unrefined, and raw performance. The car takes off when the driver pushes the accelerator pedal, and the braking power is equally jaw dropping. A Viper in the hands of a novice can be extremely dangerous, especially with the lack of safety features. In other words, the 2009 Dodge Viper compares to a beautiful wild stallion: everyone can look at it, but only those with the necessary skills can ride it.
The standard safety equipment in the 2009 Dodge Viper includes 14-inch ABS rotors that bring the Viper from 60 mph to a standstill in 104 feet—quite an impressive feat for a car this powerful. However, the car lacks critical elements such as side airbags, stability control, and traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Viper: 13/22 mpg city/highway
- Superb acceleration and performance
- Quick and effective braking
- Responsive racecar-like handling
- Aggressive styling
- Stands head-to-head with exotic cars
You Won't Like
- Too wild for regular driving
- Cramped and uncomfortable interior
- No electronic driving aids
Solid performance and exotic look at an affordable price.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Audi R8
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06
- Nissan GT-R
- Porsche 911