2013 Dodge SRT Viper

Performance


2013 Dodge SRT Viper Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.3

While some note that heavy steering and a firm ride make it more suited to the track, most reviewers praise the 2013 SRT Viper for its powerful V10 engine, instant throttle response and sharp handling.

  • "With the stated goal of providing the driving experience of a ‘640-hp Miata,’ the engineers had their work cut out for them. While we would never characterize the 2013 Viper as such, we will say that it is at once a more potent and less threatening car than it once was. Our test-driver said, ‘The old Viper too often drove you; the new Viper you drive.’" -- Edmunds
  • "Taking a hot lap with Randy at the wheel, I found it stunning how hard he was able to push the SRT even on the base tires without the famously volatile car trying to bite him. I tried it myself, and never experienced any real under- or oversteer at don't-stuff-it-into-a-tire-wall speeds." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 2013 Viper is indeed more comfortable and amenity-laden than its predecessors, but it's still basically a street-legal racecar. And what makes it work as a track car hinders it as an ordinary one." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In terms of performance, the new Viper finally rivals the best in the world." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 SRT Viper has an 8.4-liter V10 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars in its class. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. SRT says the 2013 Viper can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 206 mph. According to the EPA, the 2013 SRT Viper gets 12/19 mpg city/highway.

Test drivers agree that the Viper is exceptionally responsive, and that its V10 delivers an exceptional amount of power at any rpm. They note that throttle response is instantaneous, and that a light clutch and accurate shifter enhance the driving experience.

  • "The V10 roared down the back straight on GingerMan's shortened track configuration, with thrust available anywhere in the rev band and excellent throttle response." -- AutoWeek
  • "Thanks to immediate throttle response from just about anywhere the needle sits on the tachometer, power is available NOW. Few things in life are as thrilling as the instantaneous thrust from a naturally aspirated 640-horsepower 8.4-liter engine - it only takes but one minute behind the firewall of the V10 to erase all memories of its weaker forced-induction competitors." -- Autoblog
  • "As before, the monumental engine sets the tone for the overall driving experience, with its signature V10 warble and tidal wave of torque. The shifter is remarkably light and precise and now sits lower than it once did, offering more comfortable use." -- Edmunds
  • "For as big as this engine is, the clutch pedal is surprisingly light and engages beautifully." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2013 SRT Viper is rear-wheel drive and GTS models come with an upgraded dual-mode suspension with Street and Track settings. Reviewers agree that the 2013 SRT Viper offers quick steering and athletic cornering ability, especially considering its size. However, some note that a firm suspension means that the Viper can ride harshly and become unsettled when cornering on imperfect roads. A few test drivers also wish the brakes were more responsive, and others note that heavy steering can make the Viper difficult to drive in traffic.

  • "The Viper immediately impresses with its fine agility and a precise steering feel that belie its width and huge 295/30ZR18 front tires." -- MSN Autos
  • "The Viper is so raw that it's a challenge to drive on the streets. This is not a delicate instrument. The steering is heavy, and it's hard to place in traffic. On a challenging road, the stiffened chassis and old-school (thank you) hydraulic steering are a dynamic duo. The front end turns with incredible quickness. But bumpy corners will upset the standard chassis, which is very firm." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The brakes don't offer the initial bite that we like--there's a bit of travel in the pedal before the Brembos really start to clamp down. It's an unsettling feeling in this car when you go to the brakes and don't get instant grab." -- AutoWeek
  • "Damping on the standard Viper is very firm. On a scale of 1 - 10 (with ‘1’ being a Toyota Yaris and ‘10’ representing an ALMS race car), it likely earns an ‘8’ for its occasionally jarring disposition." -- Autoblog

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