2010 Dodge Viper Interior
Reviewers find that the Viper’s interior cabin lacks much of the comfort, convenience and refinement found in rivals. For a greater super-luxury cabin experience, check out the Porsche 911 Carrera and Jaguar XK.
- "Dodge says the simplicity of the interior is by design, calling it 'racing inspired.' My quibble: When a car costs $85,000, its interior should reflect $85,000." -- Detroit News.
- "Rich upholstery, but the cabin's only relief from hard matte plastic and textured vinyl are some metal trim pieces." -- Consumer Guide
Auto writers report that the Viper's low-slung cabin hinders entry and exit. Once inside, however, most find that its seats are supportive. Still, tall folks may not be comfortable.
Though the Viper only provides seating for two, most four passenger vehicles in this class -- like the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz CL -- feature backseats so cramped that reviewers say they’re unfit for average size passengers.
- "The cabin is cramped for tall occupants. Firm, form-hugging seats are supportive in turns, but climbing in or out is a chore. Seats lack height adjustment, and close-set pedals are skewed far to the left. Their power adjustment is a plus. Engine heat turns the footwells into ovens, and the doorsills are hot to the touch from exhaust pipes within." -- Consumer Guide
- "Getting in and out is a gymnastic exercise of hurdling the door sill and ducking under the low roof. ... The deep buckets, however, make the most of the cramped interior, and the pedals are adjustable. Once you're in the Viper and moving, it's actually pretty comfortable." -- Car and Driver
- "You'll feel your body conform to the racing seat as soon as you slide into the low-lying car. Its bolsters hold you snugly in a friendly embrace. The cockpit engulfs you, welcomes you to the Viper experience." -- Detroit News
- "Seats are designed like those in a race car, to hold occupants snugly during aggressive maneuvers, but will be a tight fit for many." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Inside the Viper, things are cramped and there's still no proper dead pedal, but it's fairly easy to find comfort in its heavily bolstered seats, which have suede center sections to keep occupants stuck in place." -- Edmunds
Reviewers criticize the Viper for its short list of standard convenience features and difficult-to-use navigation system. Among other features, the Viper ACR “Hard Core” model lacks an audio system and carpet.
- "Not that it makes a difference in a contest where adrenaline matters most, but the Viper -- in the grand Viper tradition -- lacks any sort of creature comforts beyond the ubiquitous air-conditioning and power windows." -- Edmunds.
- "Audio and climate systems are generic Dodge items. The instruments have black markings and white faces. The speedometer and fuel gauge can suffer sunlight reflections, rendering them hard to read. The navigation system absorbs most audio functions, suffers from a small screen, and is hard to program." -- Consumer Guide
- "I'm a little disappointed by the lack of cruise control. It makes all kinds of sense, really, because it would be easy to go into a turn and lose control before there was time to shut it off and take over. Still, I find cruise helps me keep from inadvertently creeping above the speed limit. With the electronic throttles, cruise would add little cost and practically no weight." -- Cars.com
- "One of the few complaints is the instrument panel. It has a giant, centrally located tachometer and a tiny speedometer placed to the side. Because the speedometer is so small and hard to read, I could not safely check my speed at the end of VIR's front straight, and still have time to correctly determine where to step on the brakes..." -- AutoMedia.com
- "The standard ACR is 40 pounds lighter than the regular Viper coupe. An optional "Hard Core" pack saves an extra 40 pounds through the removal of the audio system, underhood silencer pad, trunk carpet, and tire inflator. The radio is replaced by a lightweight cover that can be configured to mount the lap timer that comes with the package. Hard-core, indeed." -- Motor Trend
The Viper coupe provides 14.7 cubic-feet of cargo space -- which is the largest amount in is class. Critics, however, complain that it lacks adequate in-cabin storage. Super luxury sports car shoppers in need of practical cargo room should also check out the Mercedes-Benz CL.
- "On the practical side, the coupe has about 14.7 cubic feet of cargo room (the roadster has 8.4 cubic feet). Impracticalities include a lack of cupholders, no truck release in the cabin and no cruise control." -- Cars.com
- "A few soft bags fit in the trunk of either body style. The trunk's lid is very heavy, and must be opened for clearance to raise or lower convertible top. Cabin storage is limited to a small center console and dashboard glovebox." -- Consumer Guide