This 2nd-generation Viper is meant to be more civilized, and it is. But that's only relative to its past incarnations, the first of which didn't even have side windows. The...
2014 Viper is indeed more comfortable and amenity-laden than its predecessors, but it's still basically a street-legal racecar. And what makes it work as a track car hinders it as an ordinary one. The interior is tight, visibility is limited, the ride is rough, and there's the constant roar of the engine and tires. Cargo space, too, is stingy, so you'll have to plan your shopping trip accordingly.
But the Viper's performance is simply exhilarating. That massive, naturally aspirated engine just gives and gives, and those wide tires help the Viper cling to the road. We found the 6-speed manual transmission a bit notchy but enjoyed its short throws. And the stability-control system works just as intended, letting you enjoy a slide before it kicks in to tame the tail. As a daily driver the Viper is a compromise, but for jaunts on winding roads or at the track, it's a blast. Be forewarned, though: The Viper's violent power delivery and quick steering ratio can make it handful to drive – even for experienced drivers.