2010 Dodge Viper

2010 Dodge Viper Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Dodge Viper was new.

The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 is an amazing performer on both road and track, but its sports-tuning and limited convenience and safety features make it impractical for everyday use. "Explosive power and surprising handling prowess make Dodge's flagship vehicle a thrilling ride," writes Consumer Guide. "Beyond that, though, Viper is an emotional statement that makes little sense as daily transportation."

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 600-Horsepower V10 engine
  • New track-tuned club racer trim
  • True sports handling dynamics
  • Lacks comfort and convenience of rivals
  • Low-slung cabin hampers entry/exit
  • Dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Dodge Viper has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 6.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Dodge Viper Overview

Engineered for folks who care more about mind-numbing sports performance than comfort and luxury, the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 offers no compromises. It is as bare on the inside as it is powerful and capable on the track. Automobile Magazine explains, "The Dodge Viper has always been a raw sports car with very few frivolities." The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10's lack of convenience and safety features is proof of that.

True sports enthusiasts, however, won’t mind -- as few vehicles priced under $90,000 can keep pace with this beast of a machine. And yes, equipped with a 600-horspower, 8.4-liter V10 engine that launches it from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds, the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 is indeed a beast. The track-tuned American Club Racer (ACR) trim is even more impressive. In fact, it beat the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s Nurburgring record in 2009 and just recently snagged the production car lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If power, speed and handling are what you're all about, then the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 is the car for you. Shoppers, however, should also check out the 2010 Nissan GT-R. Its 485-horspower, 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine isn’t as powerful as the 2010 Dodge Viper’s, but it does teleport (yes, teleport) from 0 to 60 mph in the low three-second range. And though it’s not as wildly styled as the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10, its interior is a lot more accommodating.

Details: 2010 Dodge Viper

The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. An American Club Racer (ACR) trim is also available.

  • "In terms of performance, the…Dodge Viper reigns supreme among sub-$100K supercars -- and even challenges exotics at twice the price." -- Edmunds
  • "The new Viper may not be perfect, but it's perfect for weekend track driving and collecting lusty stares. Creature comforts -- lacking here -- are for the weak and pampered (though the new Viper does offer a navigation system). This car is the best piece of pure American muscle on the road today." -- Detroit News

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