The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 was a big deal when it debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Adding 100 horsepower to an already stout 500-horsepower 8.3L V10 tends to make headlines. The embargo for driving impressions of Dodge's latest 600-hp snake lifted today, and word from Inside Line is that it's as brutal as can be, but easier to drive than last year's model. The 2008 Viper's top speed is now a full 200 mph, and 60 mph occurs in a 3.7-second blink of the eye. Plus, the now 8.4L V10 has better fuel economy than the 8.3L engine it replaces, 13/22 city/highway versus 11/19. That will put $1,700 back in a Viper buyer's pocket thanks to a smaller gas guzzler tax. In fact, even though the Viper's MSRP has risen, the break in the gas guzzler tax means it actually costs less than a 2006 model. 100 more horsepower, better fuel mileage and it costs less – score one for Dodge, at least until the Corvette SS arrives for a high-horsepower head-to-head comparo.
[Source: Inside Line]