2008 Dodge Viper Review

2008 Dodge Viper When you hear the words “Dodge Viper”, the only thing that comes to mind is an insane amount of power, and tire-melting torque. The fact that the Viper is gorgeous, handles pretty darn well, and costs $84 grand doesn’t even register. You don’t think about the fact that you’ll have to buy a gas station to be able to drive very much. Nor are you concerned with the fact that there are only two seats. All that matters is power – and the 08 Viper is the most powerful Viper yet. Dodge managed to bump the displacement up to 8.4 liters, and squeezed an extra 90 HP from the legendary V10, for a total of 600 horses under that massive hood.

While adding 90 HP, Dodge managed to increase gas mileage from 12 city / 20 highway to 13 city / 22 highway, and also reduce the 08 Viper’s gas guzzler tax from $3000 to $1700 – that’s a $1300 drop. Come to think of it, that buys a whole lot of gas. The mileage improvement is all the more impressive because the EPA got a lot stricter in 08.

The Viper isn’t for folks who want refinement or fancy gadgetry. In fact, the Viper isn’t even for folks who want cruise control ( it doesn’t have it ). The Viper is all about power – it’s crazy fast, crazy loud, and it isn’t sorry about it. Nor should it be.

2008 Dodge Viper Specs
  • 600 HP 8.4 liter V10
  • 560 lb-ft of torque
  • 6 speed Tremec manual transmission
  • RWD only
  • Coupe or roadster body styles
  • 3450 lb curb weight
  • EPA Says : 13 mpg city / 22 mpg highway
2008 Dodge Viper Reviews

Karl reviews the 2008 Dodge Viper and writes – ‘Fast forward 15 years and you have a 427 cubic inch, 505 horsepower Corvette that essentially matches the Viper’s performance while destroying it in terms of comfort, functionality and value. Worse still, the original Viper’s slick exterior and “torque-at-any-rpm” have been lost. When considering the advantages a Viper has over a Z06 I can come up with only two — greater (barely) acceleration and more exotic (again, barely) looks.’

Cars.com reviews the 2008 Dodge Viper and writes – ‘Another of the Viper’s charms is side sills that get hot enough to burn you, due to the exhaust pipes that run through them. I went unscathed, but I’d be careful if wearing shorts. I even respect this aspect. It reminds me of the Nissan 350Z; when it came out, I looked at the large brace that obstructs the cargo hatch and thought, you have to respect that. It’s there for a reason, and that reason is performance. It seems to say, “If you disapprove, buy something else.” The whole Viper is kind of like that. Still, the trunk isn’t bad at all; it’s large enough for golf clubs, I’m told, which seems to be all anyone cares about when it comes to trunk size.’

Edmunds reviews the 2008 Dodge Viper and writes – ‘Drive the Viper hard in a series of corners and in spite of its direct and precise steering, you won’t settle into a smooth rhythm like you might in a less powerful, lighter Porsche 911 or Z06 Corvette. Rather, its power delivery, weight and high-effort controls make the driving experience more World of Outlaws than Formula 1. Still, it never feels nervous in a straight line, even at triple-digit speeds. Pushing the Viper to the limit still requires the skill of a seasoned driver, but even rookie pilots will admire the car’s unbelievable abilities. It’s not comfortable enough to be used as an everyday driver, but for those who can afford to have it as a plaything, this Dodge supercar answers to nothing.’

Published on November 13, 2007 in Dodge

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