2010 Dodge Viper SRT10

The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performances. Some saw claims to kinship with the Cobra as a marketing exercise, ignoring that Carroll Shelby was heavily involved in the initial design of the Viper, and subsequent design of the Viper GTS coupe. Notably, the 1996 and 2002 Viper GTS coupe took a few design cues from the Pete Brock designed Shelby Cobra Daytona. Though the proportions seem similar at first glance, the designs are quite unique. Carroll Shelby was key in the development of the RT/10 as well as having a hand in the development of the GTS model.

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."
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. Some 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

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."
  • "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."

Reviewers find that people can't stop staring at the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10's wild, yet functional exterior design. In either coupe or convertible form, the Viper's style is unmistakable and easily turns heads, It features a long hood with air ducts (new for 2008), a short deck lid with lip spoiler, deep-cut side scallops and sleek sloping roof line.

  • 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