2010 Dodge Viper Performance
This performance review was written when the 2010 Dodge Viper was new.
The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 proves itself a competent super car on both road and track, but isn’t comfortable to drive on a daily basis.
- "Vette and Viper are pretty much even (and impressive) in roadholding, lane change, and braking distance, but the Viper wins on the track. It's easier to drive around the road course as well, thanks to great feel from the quick steering and solid brake pedal." -- Car and Driver
- "On surface streets, the Viper is actually well behaved. You don't have to restrain it from taking off, and in routine situations, the six-speed stick goes from first to third to save fuel. But on a track or closed road, the car runs like 600 pent-up thoroughbreds." -- Detroit News
Acceleration and Power
Auto reviewers are enamored by the 2010 Viper STR10's explosive 8.4-liter V10 engine. It generates 600-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque at 5,100 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. According to Dodge, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds.
A Viper American Club Racer (ACR) trim is even wilder. Automobile Magazine reports: "Last year, the car was able to snag the Corvette ZR1's Nurburgring record. This year, the Dodge crew took the 2010 Viper ACR back to Laguna Seca Raceway in California to recapture the (unsanctioned) production car lap record. With a time of 1:33.915, the team drove away with the mission accomplished."
Though the EPA has not yet rated the 2010 Viper’s fuel economy, the highly-similar 2009 model nets a city/highway fuel economy of 13/22 mpg.
- The "Viper is rough, raw, loud and unrefined when compared to other sports cars, and therein lies much of its appeal. As with previous generations, when you pin the gas pedal, you'll be pinned to the seatback. Jam on the brakes and you can feel your internal organs slam against your rib cage." -- Edmunds
- "Explosive, even at part-throttle, even from modest rpm. No opportunity yet to time, but Dodge targets under-4-second 0-60-mph times and a 200-mph top speed. Clutch and gearshift demand deliberate action but are not taxing." -- Consumer Guide
- "Stomp on the gas, and the car flat goes, laying down rubber without the fuss of wheel hop or excessive spin. All the modulation necessary for a good launch comes from a decisive right foot." -- AutoWeek
- "The shifter also has much shorter throws and clearly defined gates, which makes it a pleasure to operate. I'd accepted that a beefy gearbox needed a meaty and somewhat clumsy gearshift. Apparently not." -- Cars.com
Handling and Braking
Test drivers report that the 2010 Viper handles marvelously for a high-performance speed machine; however it’s not easy to live with as a daily driver. The new American Club Racer (ACR) trim, which is specially tuned for track performance, is even more aggressive.
- "Steering is nicely weighted. Viper's extraordinary width, low center of gravity, and steamroller tires provide uncanny grip and race-car response in changes of direction. The suspension is pliant enough to keep Viper on course through bumpy corners taken at reasonable speed. Stopping control is resolute, with fine brake modulation and little discernible nosedive." -- Consumer Guide
- "And despite not having traction control, the Viper sticks to the road and handles remarkably better than the 2006 model it replaces. This is in part because of the tweaks engineers made to the Viper's fully independent four-wheel suspension, as well as the new extra wide Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tires that claw into the road." -- Detroit News
- "The Viper is more benign than you would think. There's so much rear-end grip that it's difficult to get a little back-end slide using the gas pedal, although the Viper is harder to manage once it does go sideways. We still prefer the Viper's mild understeer to the Corvette's tank-slapping oversteer." -- Car and Driver
- "Maybe even more compelling than the awesome acceleration and flexibility of the powerplant was the ability of the brakes to repeatedly haul this relatively heavy car down from race speeds lap after lap." -- Popular Mechanics
- "Most of the time, effort, and development dollars have been spent on stuff that makes the ACR go faster through the twisty bits-suspension, brakes, wheels and tires, and aerodynamics. Especially the aerodynamics. Just chew on this for a moment: At 150 mph, the regular Viper coupe generates 100 pounds of downforce; at the same speed, the Viper ACR generates 1000 pounds of downforce." -- Motor Trend