As fast as they can possibly (and more than likely, legally)
come, the Dodge Viper is an extreme car for people with
extreme tastes. Of primary concern for these people is the
desire to move quickly, and the Dodge Viper can certainly
satisfy this desire.
The Viper is the fastest car in the Dodge stable. It gets
up to 60 mph in mere seconds, and stops you equally as quick.
But really, words simply can't do the Viper justice. You
just have to drive one yourself.
The 2005 Dodge Viper is available in one SRT-10 model, with
At the center of the action is the driver. This is evident
throughout the cockpit, which features a performance-oriented,
highly functional instrument panel with a center-mounted
tachometer and a 220-mph speedometer.
As mentioned, there are no options. Standard features include
air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable
pedals, leather/faux-suede upholstery, power mirrors, windows
and door locks, remote keyless entry and an AM/FM radio
with in-dash 6-disc CD player.
Advanced materials such as resin injection molded (RIM)
and sheet-molded composite (SMC) panels are used extensively
to reduce road and engine noise. A true convertible, the
Dodge Viper top is a bi-fold design with a single center
latch on the windshield header.
The 2005 Dodge Viper SRT-10 rides on forged aluminum, polished
18" x 10" front and 19" x 13" rear wheels,
clad in Michelin zero pressure run-flat tires. Each tire
includes low-pressure sensors in the valve stems.
The Viper also has Xenon high- and low-beam headlamps.
For 2005, Viper gets two new colors: yellow and, due later
in the year, Copperhead Orange.
The heart of the Viper is an aluminum-block 8.3-liter V10
engine. It can generate an incredible 500 horsepower and
525 lb-ft of torque-90 percent of the torque available in
the 1500-to-5600 rpm range.
Transferring the Viper's power to the rear wheels is a
heavy-duty 6-speed manual transmission. It has a short-throw
shifter so that you can get up to speed very, very quickly.
Further features aiding the Viper's performance include
four-wheel independent suspension featuring lightweight,
high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, damped
by lightweight coil-over shock absorbers. A Dana 44-4 Hydra-Lok
speed-sensing limited-slip differential is also standard.
Safety and Security
The Viper uses 14-inch brake rotors gripped by Brembo 44/40
dual opposing piston calipers in the front and Brembo 42/38
dual opposing calipers in the rear. This system results
in a world-class braking performance of 60 mph to zero in
less than 100 feet.