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2008 Dodge Viper

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2008 Dodge Viper Review

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Six-hundred horsepower, zero-to-60 miles-per-hour acceleration in less than four seconds, a reported top speed of more than 200 miles per hour, an improved highway ride and exemplary race-track behavior are all available for a starting price of about $86,000. That's the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10. ("SRT" stands for "Street and Racing Technology" Engineering, while "10" represents the number of cylinders in its engine.) This fourth-generation Viper comes in two body styles: A fixed-roof Coupe and the convertible Roadster. For now, the SRT10 stands alone atop the U.S. ultra-high-performance-car mountain, but expect a quick response from Chevrolet, at least.

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New body colors, striping options and interior choices mean 2008 Viper SRT10 owners will be able to personalize their vehicles. Better ride comfort, reduced clutch-pedal effort and shorter gearshift lever movements make driving easier. Track-day participants will appreciate the Viper's forgiving handling.

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The 2008 Viper SRT10's small, offset speedometer is difficult to read. With the top down, the Roadster's high seating position provides too much of the wind-in-the-hair experience. With more power than many race cars, throttle applications must be smooth and judicious. Neither an automatic transmission nor stability control is offered.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2008, the Viper STR10 gets 90 additional horsepower over the 2006 version (there was no 2007 model). Now at 8.4 liters (up from 8.3), its V10 is coupled to a stronger six-speed manual transmission with a racing-style twin-disc clutch. The latter two combine to both handle the additional power and reduce shifting effort. There are also new front fenders, while a revised hood features a larger intake scoop and functional air-exhaust vents.

Driving the Viper

Driving Impressions Viper engineers have notably improved ride comfort with the 2008 Viper SRT10; switching away from stiff-sidewall run-flat tires helped. While still harsher than an average sedan, the Viper's...

ride is now comparable with the Corvette Z06. Steering is race-car precise without being darty, which is a way a race-car driver might describe steering that feels "too quick." The combination of the new easier-to-depress twin-disc clutch and the shorter distance required to move the shift lever reduces driver effort. The Viper's Brembo brakes have excellent feel and incredible stopping power. Even when the driver is wearing a helmet the Coupe still offers plenty of head room, but in the Roadster with the top down, a person of average height may likely have his or her hair well up in the windstream. Special Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires employ tread rubber nearly identical to the company's Pilot Sport Cup club-racing tires; it's unlikely anything this side of full-on race tires provides more grip.

600 Horsepower
Many race-car drivers have never sampled as much horsepower as offered by the 2008 Viper SRT10. Any attempt to describe the sensation a driver feels the first time the gas pedal is held all the way to the floor will almost certainly fall far short of the exhilarating reality.

Improved Road Manners
Enhanced ride comfort, reduced effort needed to push the clutch and a shorter movement of the shift lever make the 2008 Viper SRT10 much more enjoyable on the highway.

2008 Dodge Viper Details
Interior

SRT overdid its self-proclaimed race-inspired image with the 2008 SRT10's large, center-mounted tachometer. The much-smaller speedometer is difficult to read, and the oil-pressure, oil-temperature and water-temperature gauges are hidden behind the steering wheel. Seats are designed like those in a race car, to hold occupants snugly during aggressive maneuvers, but will be a tight fit for many. The Coupe's trunk room falls far short of the Corvette's and the Roadster has even less space.

Exterior

The 2008 SRT10's more angular front end is highlighted by a large, functional air-intake scoop. Also on the hood are a half-dozen vents that let air out of the engine compartment to reduce aerodynamic lift at high speed and help keep the V-10 cool. From the doors forward, the Coupe and Roadster are nearly identical (except for the Coupe's roof), and the Coupe's revised deck-lid spoiler enhances high-speed stability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Viper SRT10 comes in two body styles: The fixed-top Coupe and the convertible Roadster. Unlike early Vipers, anti-lock brakes are standard. Adjustable-position pedals and a speedometer that reads up to 220 miles per hour come on every car.

Optional Equipment

Now available on SRT10s is a navigation system combined with SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Other options allow 2008 Viper SRT10 owners to personalize their vehicles. Any of eight exterior colors can be combined with any of five racing-stripe colors. In addition, five interior colors are offered, along with a choice of bezel finishes and three wheel styles.

Under the Hood

To increase horsepower from the 510 of the previous Viper to the 600 of the 2008 SRT10 demanded a long list of improvements. These include increased engine speed, higher compression ratio, freer-breathing cylinder heads with larger valves and a more-open intake manifold. Electronically controlled variable exhaust-valve timing adds power and also helps the engine meet stricter emissions requirements. Separate ignition coils are connected directly to each spark plug, rather than relying on a single coil. To maintain oil pressure during hard cornering, the SRT10 employs an oil pickup that swings to stay with the oil. The V10 is mated to a racing-style twin-disc clutch, which helps reduce pedal effort and enhances performance by reducing inertia compared to the previous single-disc arrangement. A new speed-sensing limited-slip differential helps put all that power to the ground.

8.4-liter V10
600 horsepower at 6100 rpm
560 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2008 Dodge Viper Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2003 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

It's a freegin Viper. 'Nuff said!

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun Fun Fun"

Cons: "None None None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this thing. This is my 5th Viper. I've also had 5 Corvettes. Totally different cars. You have to work to drive this car, and that's what makes it so much fun. Not to mention people go nuts when you drive by."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

A real head turnner & rare!

By on Friday, January 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "pricier than other American made, but worth it!"

Cons: "Rare and thus hard to get parts for"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only 1,034 2003 Dodge Viper SRTs were built world wide. There are typically more than 60,000 Corvettes built per year. The Viper is one of the rarest and fastest American muscle cars ever made and they hold their value extremely well. With few modifications I've had my car up to 185 mph in 5th gear (and its a 6-speed). Best sports car I've ever owned!"

Best car in my collection

By on Sunday, December 22, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "sexy car. one owner (me) all wor done at maroone"

Cons: "muscle car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Still get the people in the street asking about my @006 viper. Black withswilver strpes and new interior is exotic. the first 40,000 take it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Mamba 2005 SRT 10 The American Roadster

By on Sunday, January 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2005 Mamba edition srt 10 the day after Christmas. It was the most I have ever spent on a car. Usually wait until much moore depreciated. I haven't regretted the buy one second. No matter how bad of a day I have had I can take this race car out and instantly smile. By the way racing exhaust, shifter and cold air intake tops off the experience with 565 hp. Must be ready and pay attention. Will grab the road and grip to imperfections. Turns heads everywhere and compliments."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best exotic car for your money

By on Saturday, March 31, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "low maintanace , very powerfull. good highway eco."

Cons: "ruff ride. engine heat felt on cabine"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"car has jaw dropping looks without the high cost and maintanace of a ferrari or lamborhgini. competes with the best cars in the world with a lower price tag. this car is the true american muscle car. I will pick a viper any time over a corvette because both cars look almost the same in numbers and vallue but the vipers are a lot lower in production. Go out any day of the week and see tons of corvettes and u might never see a viper."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Really Love this car.

By on Saturday, March 17, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,450

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Very fast, Exciting to drive, Very well built ."

Cons: "Very rough ride, tight cabin area, manuall top."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

FastSilversnake 50 on Longisland

"I recently traded my 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi/RT for this viper. Major adjustment, The viper has a very tight cabin area for its occupants. But once you get in the car and those seats wrap around you and you hit that red start button,You are all smiles after that..great car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

FastSilversnake 50 on Longisland

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