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2015 Dodge Viper

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/28/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Dodge Viper is now available in the GT trim, which comes with driver selectable suspension and Alcantara or Nappa leather upholstery. A new track-focused model called the Viper TA 2.0 has been added to the range and comes with a rear wing, revised suspension and braking components, and new aero pieces. The Viper's V-10 engine now makes 645 hp instead of 640. Three new interior color combinations have been added, including Demon Red. Two new exterior colors have been added: Stryker Purple and Y'Orange. Pricing has also been dropped by $15,000 and the car now starts at $89,090 including destination charge and the gas guzzler tax.

The new-for-2015 Ceramic Blue Edition features Ceramic Blue exterior paint with black stripes, black-colored alloy wheels, orange brake calipers, Nappa leather-wrapped door trim, center console and instrument panel, Alcantara headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers, and carbon fiber accents. Only 40 Ceramic Edition Vipers will be made for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Dodge Viper is a two-seat rear-drive supercar powered by an 8.4-liter V-10 rated at 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque that's paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy isn't noteworthy at 12/21 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Performance is where the 2015 Dodge Viper excels, offering blistering acceleration, and excellent handling especially on the track. Improved steering feel and response help make the car easier to control while the rigid suspension keeps the car stable and controlled through turns. The Viper's interior is also much improved over the previous generation, featuring Fiat-Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather upholstery, rearview camera and a 12- or 18-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system. However, the seats are better for track driving than long journeys because they're hard and uncomfortable.

What We Think

Despite offering plenty of performance and great handling, the 2015 Dodge Viper isn't the best when it comes to outright dynamic prowess. In a comparison test against the previous-generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, we noted that the Viper was less confidence inspiring because it felt unstable, as if the car's front and rear ends "aren't working in unison." Interior appointments and build quality on the other hand, are good especially in the GTS trim level, which is available with Nappa leather as standard and can be optioned with the higher-end Laguna leather. The car's seats, however, are hard and lack comfort, making them good only for enthusiastic driving on a track or a twisty road but not for long journeys.

You'll Like

  • Great performance and handling
  • Well-appointed interior

You Won't Like

  • Hard seats
  • Unpredictable at its limit

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S
  • Audi R8
  • Jaguar F-Type R

Rating

3 star

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