2018 Dodge Viper GTS
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2018 Dodge Viper GTS
In its distant past, the Dodge Viper had a bad-boy reputation--one that it earned with delicate handling and a tendency toward copious oversteer. In the right hands, it was a handful.
Over four generations, the Viper s grown up a lot. It s become a more balanced machine, with a better interior, better tire choices, and the all-important stability and traction control that make it usable in everyday driving. That doesn t mean it s no longer a bad boy--just one with better manners.
It s still not quite as genteel as a Chevy Corvette or a Porsche 911, and for that, the Viper remains a singular choice. It s rippling with muscles in its body, with some threatening vents and intakes scarred along its low-slung body. The menacing supercar details meet up with a cockpit that s the nicest ever installed in a Viper, with touchscreen interfaces and fragrant Ferrari-esque leather seats--finally, it s joined the 21st century in accommodations.
The sole source of power for the Viper remains unchanged since a 5-horsepower bump last year. It s a massive 8.4-liter V-10, with 645 hp net, fed through a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, shuttling power to the rear wheels. The massive 600 pound-feet of torque, Chrysler says, is the most delivered by any naturally aspirated sports car on the planet. Performance is shattering: 0-60 mph runs take about three seconds; quarter-miles fly by in the low 11s; 0-100-0 mph takes less than 12 seconds; and top speed ranges from 177 to 206 mph, depending on how much aero is added.
Among the five Viper trim levels, there are some handling differences that are important ones, if you re planning on driving it daily or tracking it instead. The base car is a canvas for weekend racers; GT, GTC and GTS models get adaptive dampers that make them more than livable for everyday driving. A new ACR model added for the 2016 model year gets Bilstein coil-over racing shocks; carbon-ceramic brakes; Kumho Ecsta tires; and can get an aero package that includes a carbon-fiber wing, diffuser, a louvered hood, and an extendable front splitter.
The supercar game is not all about straight-line performance, however, and the Viper shines when it s time to turn, too. The latest Viper generation is the first to be equipped with stability and traction control, and fortunately, they re not the fun-killing systems of old. In fact, even in full-on mode, the system allows for yaw and slip angles suitable to spirited track-day antics. Even with everything fully off, however, the Viper is nearly balanced, transitioning from entry to apex to exit with massive grip and surprising feel through the steering wheel and the seat-bottom.
Gas mileage, as you might expect, isn t one of the Viper s primary concerns; it s rated at best, at 15 miles per gallon combined.
The Viper s cabin is surprisingly roomy for such a low-slung, coupe. Dodge claims drivers up to 6 7 should fit within its confines. There s plenty of head and leg room for most drivers, and the seats are both comfortable and adjustable. The steering wheel and pedals also move to get the best possible fit. You ll want as much physical comfort in the Viper as possible, as it s a very noisy
Engine Order CodeEWG
SAE Net Torque @ RPM600 @ 5000
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Engine TypePremium Unleaded V-10
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM645 @ 6200
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1)2.26
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.63
Trans Description Cont.Manual w/OD
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Trans Order CodeDEC
Second Gear Ratio (:1)1.58
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.55
Trans Description Cont. AgainNA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)0.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.19
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Drum - Rear (Yes or )NA
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)14
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)14
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)40.5
Front Tire Order CodeTXM
Spare Tire SizeNA
Front Tire SizeP295/30ZR18
Rear Tire Order CodeTXM
Rear Tire SizeP355/30ZR19
Spare Tire Order CodeNA
Front Wheel Size (in)18 X 10.5
Spare Wheel MaterialNA
Front Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)19 X 13
Rear Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in)NA
Suspension Type - FrontShort And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - RearShort And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Short And Long Arm
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