Used Dodge Viper, Phoenix, AZ

Used Dodge Viper

With its massive V10 engine and brutish looks, the Dodge Viper is about as subtle as a train wreck. This is America’s exotic car, and it’s a beautiful beast. But don’t let the Nappa leather seating and fancy touch screen fool you: The Viper is fast and unapologetic. Note that the Viper is not well-suited for everyday driving, and its manual transmission may dissuade potential buyers. On the flip side, the Viper attracts crowds like kids to candy.

Used Viper Interiors

The Viper’s 2-passenger cockpit is a cozy place. Once settled in, the seats do a commendable job keeping you in place as you drive with glee. The steering wheel only tilts and doesn’t telescope. Thankfully, the pedals are power-adjustable. GT and GTS models have a premium touch thanks to leather seats and an Alcantara headliner in the latter.

Used Viper Exterior

The Viper SRT’s long, curved nose sports six vents on the hood. The fastback shape looks sinister in a majestic way. The huge scoops behind the front fenders are big enough to stick your arm through, and the twin-bubble dome over the cockpit is a throwback to race cars of yesterday.

Used Viper Standard Equipment

Well, there’s that V10 engine, of course, and all the performance inherent to every Viper. Standard amenities are far more lush than previous generations and include an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen system with navigation, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 12-speaker audio system, cruise control, rear-view camera, and automatic climate control.

Used Viper Optional Equipment

The most important upgrades are the TA packages, which essentially turn your Viper into a race car with special tires, suspension upgrades and other components. Viper GT buyers get leather seats and a 2-mode suspension and a power driver’s seat. The Dodge Viper GTS features special “Venom” polished aluminum wheels and a standard 18-speaker audio system.

Used Viper Engine

Note that we say “engine” because there is just one flavor: an 8.4-liter V10 pumping out a whopping 645 horsepower. There’s no supercharger, no turbocharger, just 10 pistons pumping like mad. It sends that power, along with the 600 lb-ft of torque, to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. That’s it.

Used Viper Pricing

Dodge recently made it less prohibitive to get into a Viper, last year reducing the entry price some $15,000 to around $91,000. For 2016, a base Viper’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $92,500 including destination charge and $2,100 gas-guzzler tax. The plusher Viper GTS jumps to over $112,000 and the track-oriented Viper ACR starts over $120,000.