Nothing’s as manly as a Dodge Viper.
There’s a lot to like about modern supercars. They are extremely comfortable, have massive gobs of usable power and, for the most part, have features required for everyday use. However, there has always been one supercar that went against the grain—the Dodge Viper. While other automakers focused on making supercars more drivable, Dodge always engineered the Viper to put fear into the heart of the weak. It’s not the best supercar, but it is one of the greatest.
This Viper may be from 2006, but it has all of the charm of an old school supercar. For 2006 the Viper SRT-10 received a new hardtop version that benefited from a lower drag coefficient of 0.39 and a more aggressive design. The supercar also got a few low-key additions, such as a removable interior headliner, a double-bubble roofline for helmet use and adjustable foot pedals. Other than these minor creature comforts, the Viper is an animal that truly shines on the strip (and sometimes the track). Under the massive hood lies an 8.3-liter V10 that puts out 510 hp and 535 lb-ft of torque. It may be 10 years old, but the Viper’s still quick by today’s standards. The muscular supercar can get to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while its top speed is 190 mph.
Unlike other supercars or even sports cars, drivers have to work extremely hard to extract the Viper’s full potential, which makes it a beast for the brave. While the exterior looks as patriotic as the American flag, the interior is pretty Spartan. It is angled towards the driver, while the rest of the cabin is slightly more comfortable than the previous model. The best color for the Viper may be red, but this specific model isn’t as flashy. This black Viper features silver stripes while the interior is finished in a serious shade of black. For $49,976, one brave enthusiast can get into this Viper that has a clear title and only 29,123 miles on the clock.
With a starting price tag of roughly $86,000, this Viper is a great buy as prices will surely stay close to the $50k mark now that the supercar has officially been killed off. Enthusiasts looking for everyday drivability, a car packed with electronic driving aids, or flashiness need not apply as this car is only for the courageous. Buy this Viper because it’s dead and one of a kind. Automakers won’t build supercars like this ever again, which makes this animal one of the last of a dying breed.