From the track to fly fishing. This guy is awesome.
The Dodge Viper was never a comfortable daily driver. Heck, it wasn't a very comfortable car in general. The first-generation Viper's unique side exhausts burned occupants' legs when they existed the vehicle (hint: wear long pants). Along with no traction control, stability control, or even anti-lock brakes, the original Vipers were true V10 beasts. The final fifth-generation model was easier to live with, but was still not for everyone.
But Casey Putsch could care less. Not only does he own a 1997 Dodge Viper GTS but he also drives it literally everywhere. He even drives it when going fly fishing. This guy is our hero. The GTS was actually a somewhat more civilized version of the original Viper RT/10 Roadster that arrived only a few years prior, but even for the late '90s it was considered rather spartan in the world of high-performance sports cars and supercars.
As the subject of this latest Petrolicious video, Putsch describes the Viper as sort of a daily companion. It's with him every step of the away. All told it has 90,000 miles on its clock and he even tracks it. Going out for ice cream with his wife is also one of the Viper's designated tasks. Obviously this will all result in things like a few rock chips and other wear and tear issues, but it's all so worth it because just look at this thing. Its 8.0-liter V10 produces 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, all of which is directed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
Fuel economy? Not even worth asking. It's not a car for new drivers, to put it mildly. And then there's that cool as hell blue body with the double white stripes. The large rear wing is also a great (and functional) touch. The Dodge Viper is now permanently retired but there are still plenty of devout owners out there who refuse to let this American supercar be forgotten.