It's no secret the boys and girls at Motor Trend don't look at the 2013 SRT Viper through rose-tinted lenses. After all, the publication recently chose the Corvette ZR1 over the new supercar from Chrysler, saying the Chevrolet was easier to drive quickly. That's bad news given there's a new Corvette coming down the pike. But until now, we haven't been able to watch Motor Trend give the Viper a proper thrashing. Carlos Lago hopped behind the wheel of the V10-powered bruiser to give the machine a once-over.

While Chrysler has made big waves about the Viper's improved interior, Lago wasn't too impressed, saying there's plenty of the old car in the cabin. With a pedal box pushed toward the driver's side, a rough ride and a noisy cockpit, MT found that the Viper lags behind its European counterparts, but there's certainly no arguing against the machine's straight-line thrust. The magazine managed to rip off a 3.4-second 0-60 mph time during testing.

In the end, Lago finds that the Viper still earns its brutish reputation, but is somewhat more controllable. Check out the review for yourself below, including a segment with pro Randy Pobst at Laguna Seca.


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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love both cars, so who beat who doesn't bother me. It's like watching a football game where you're a fan of both or no teams: The outcome doesn't matter. Regardless of that, about the new Viper. Hearing many of these criticisms about the new car actually make me SMILE. Why? Because what they're complaining about is that the car is too brutish. That it's still a hairy-chested monster that demands respect and an attentive driver to keep it from killing you. I LOVE THAT!!! The Viper isn't supposed to be a car that coddles you, that you can drive around a racetrack one-handed while texting your BFF. This is a car where you actually have to pay attention! Sensory overload, like piloting a motorcycle. Every part of your body has a task in piloting a Viper, and your attention and reflexes will be working overtime when it comes to piloting a Viper quickly (roadcourses, or windy, desolate backroads, etc). For me, that's exactly how it should be. In a day and age when sportscars and supercars are getting ever-softer and more disconnected from the driver in pursuit of chasing fractions of a second on a racetrack that the majority of those cars and their drivers will never, ever see, removing driver involvement (and purity, IMO) from the experience in the process, the Viper is still here keeping it real. Wanna drive a Viper? Better yet, wanna drive a Viper hard and not kill yourself? Then you gotta have balls, brains, and a love for DRIVING a car, not just being a passenger in the driver's seat like so many of today's sportscars. Chrysler/SRT, thank you for keeping the new Viper as it should be: A VIPER.
      Mike Singer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing how much he can put the car down, yet hardly control his laughter due to the huge amount of fun he has while beating the car to death.
      The Law
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see the new Viper is still as wild as ever.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the Viper and would buy it regardless of what any reviewer says, but to discount the opinion of a man who tests and drives every single car and tons of high performance cars all the time is ignorant. The car does have legitimate flaws as d most cars, but the people that like them buy them no matter what.
      Bandit5317
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they were a little too harsh on it. If you want it to be more comfortable, then put the suspension in its softest mode and turn on the driver aids. I've always been a GM fan and love the ZR1, but this is absolutely a competitor. That naturally aspirated V10 is phenomenal. My favorite part is the looks. This thing is stunning.
      lasttospeak
      • 2 Years Ago
      GTS has a lot of the sound-deadening material removed to save weight, of course the cabin is going to be noisy.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lasttospeak
        You got that backwards. The GTS has an extra 40lb or so of sound deadening added because it represents the "luxury" model.
      Chris Burns
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have very little doubt in my mind that with the right driver in this car, the results would be very different
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Motortrend surely knows not the value of the clown shoe.
      mike0002
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember one thing,on the best track in the world,viper take 4 sec to Vette.and this track show to world how American sport cars are good at the best price.no question about that, Viper and Corvette are both fantastic cars.Michael
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      This POS personafies the average teabillie/conservafilth,outdated dinosaur thats all loud noise but going nowhere.All the idiots glorifying this dinosaur are the same idiots holding America back with their stupid love for a piece of paper written by a bunch of rapists & criminals.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        You've got to be one of the biggest morons to post on AB of all time. Congrats bruhsky.
        Bud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Although grotesquely put, your sentiments are correct these types of cars that do not move the US automotive engineering forward and do nothing but reinforce the ROW perception that the US does not know how to engineer a car for a price. To give it poise and balance. This car is like the Penny Farthing compared to the carbon fiber racing bikes in the Tour de France...sad.
        GN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Idiot with most idiotic post.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take a GT-R with a BRZ daily driver for the same price..
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me like the reviewer didn't want to like it, and had already formed an opinion before driving it. Knuckldragger.... hmmm... relatively cheap supercar perhaps?
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