Vicious V10 performance; a race car for the road; easy-to-use tech; low price for the performance
Cramped cabin with difficult entrance/entry; submarine visibility; unforgiving ride; no side airbags; no convertible; no automatic transmission; gets tiresome during prolonged seat time
The Viper gets lowered prices for 2017 but is otherwise unchanged as it sails into the sunset. See the 2017 Dodge Viper models for sale near you
Let's do this flowchart style. Will you only be driving on a track? If no, skip the ACR. Next, take a look at the Viper's prices and then answer this question: Do you think fancier leather and a few extra speakers are worth $13,000? If no, skip the GTS. As such, you're left with the GTC. Its various performance enhancements are worth the money over the base model.
The2017 Dodge Viper comes in four trim levels: the base SRT, GTC, GTS and track-ready ACR.
The SRT ($87,900) is available on a limited basis and comes standard with staggered wheels (18-inch front, 19-in rear), keyless passive entry and push-button start, power-adjustable pedals, a manually adjustable driver's seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, the 8.4-in Uconnect interface, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system that includes a USB port and satellite radio.
Next up is the GTC ($95,900), which gains a 2-mode sport suspension, 5-mode stability control, upgraded brakes, a 6-way power driver's seat and upgraded leather with Alcantara inserts.
The GTS ($108,000) goes further on the luxury front with an 18-speaker sound system and full leather on the seats and most interior surfaces.
Topping the range is the sporty ACR ($118,800), which is a serious track car that adds enhancements to just about everything performance-related -- including the brakes, the suspension and the steering. The ACR is also lower than a standard model, featuring an aerodynamic body kit and a huge rear wing.
There are many performance enhancements that can be made, including the Extreme Aero package for the GTC and ACR, along with a variety of special editions.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 -- The Corvette may not be the performance beast the Viper is, but it's still pretty beastly, and it's substantially more refined. It just doesn't beat you up as much.
2017 Nissan GT-R -- This would be Japan's Viper. The GT-R allows drivers to lean on fighter-jet-like electronics and all-wheel drive in order to wring maximum performance from its twin-turbocharged V6, without the Viper's terror.
2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat -- It has more power and it's much easier to live with. The Hellcat is without question a muscle car as opposed to a sports car, but if you're looking for flag-waving American muscle, this is it.
Used Porsche 911 Turbo -- If speed is your drug, few cars offer it like the Porsche 911 Turbo. Featuring virtually unmatched 0-to-60 times, the 911 Turbo boasts staid 911 looks but packs a mean punch. You'll have to get a used model to match Viper prices, though.