2014 Dodge SRT Viper Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Dodge SRT Viper was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.5

Reviewers say the 2014 SRT Viper has prodigious power and athletic cornering ability, but they note that firm suspension tuning and all that power can make the Viper difficult to drive.

  • "Gut-punchingly potent and impressively capable, the Viper offers a challenging and ultimately rewarding experience for drivers bold enough to explore its limits." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2014 SRT Viper is one of those cars that demands respect. Even for the most talented of racecar drivers, it's a handful. As with any purpose-built car with racing aspirations, the Viper forces some compromises in terms of everyday drivability." -- Edmunds
  • "SRT engineers state that there is supercar performance in every model. We would have to agree." -- Left Lane News
  • "But the Viper's performance is simply exhilarating. That massive, naturally aspirated engine just gives and gives, and those wide tires help the Viper cling to the road." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

An 8.4-liter V10 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque is standard in the 2014 Viper, making it one of the most powerful luxury sports cars. A six-speed manual transmission is also standard. SRT says the 2014 Viper has a top speed of 206 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in the low three-second range. The 2014 SRT Viper gets an EPA-estimated 12/19 mpg city/highway.

The 2014 SRT Viper earns praise for its instantaneous throttle response, and test drivers agree that the Viper offers an astounding amount of power. Reviewers appreciate the six-speed manual’s short throws, but note that gear changes require a bit more effort than expected.

  • "The aggressive acceleration from the V10 kicks you straight back into the seats with the force of a flying dropkick to the chest by a masked member of the WWE." -- Left Lane News
  • "That massive, naturally aspirated engine just gives and gives, and those wide tires help the Viper cling to the road. We found the 6-speed manual transmission a bit notchy but enjoyed its short throws." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Punch the throttle to the floor and the Viper is fiercely quick. The six-speed's shifter has been redesigned for shorter and more precise throws. But it's notchier, so you've got to really direct the lever with a meaningful shove. It takes practice to be quick, but get it right and the Viper moves (and howls) like nothing else." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2014 SRT Viper is rear-wheel drive, and the Viper GTS has a two-mode suspension system with Street and Track settings. Automotive reporters write that the Viper’s ride is unforgiving, which makes it ill-suited to anything but the track. They say that even skilled drivers might have difficulty controlling the Viper, since firm suspension tuning can make it feel skittish on imperfect roads. Some also wish that the brakes were more responsive, but most acknowledge that the Viper offers precise steering and exceptionally athletic handling.

  • "As a daily driver the Viper is a compromise, but for jaunts on winding roads or at the track, it's a blast. Be forewarned, though: The Viper's violent power delivery and quick steering ratio can make it handful to drive - even for experienced drivers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Steering and handling are both brutally good and hard at the same time, gluing the GTS to the ground so it can slither along the blacktop during its daily excursions. Flicking the ride adjustment controls to change up the adjustable Bilsteins can result in a ride that goes from harsh to worse. This is a racecar after all, even if it is masquerading in production vehicle skins. It corners flatly and grips with tenacity when cornering, but to properly push the Viper around a turn is an exercise in finesse." -- Left Lane News
  • "Around town, the ride quality is stiff and you'll feel every bump and pebble. The Race setting for the suspension is downright punishing and makes the car feel nervous unless you're on a very smooth racetrack." -- Edmunds
  • "What would we change? 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 (2013)

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