2005 Dodge Viper

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(4.5) 4 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2005 Dodge Viper base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    500-hp, 8.3-liter V-10 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Heritage
  • Assertive appearance

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Price
  • Ride comfort
  • Cargo space
  • Noisy cockpit

Notable Features of the 2005 Dodge Viper

  • 500-hp V-10
  • Six-speed manual
  • Startling styling
  • True convertible body style
  • 19-inch rear tires on 13-inch-wide wheels

2005 Dodge Viper Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A new, hotter-than-ever edition of Dodge's longtime sports car went on sale as a 2003 model; it was lighter and faster than its predecessor and promised "raw performance." The Viper SRT10 represents "obscene performance, outrageous design and ultimate driver enjoyment," said Jim Julow, vice president of the Dodge Global Brand Center.

The Viper SRT10's all-aluminum V-10 grew from 8.0 to 8.3 liters in displacement, yielding 500 horsepower and 525 pounds-feet of torque. These figures almost make the previous V-10's 450 hp sound puny. A six-speed-manual transmission sends all that force to 19-inch rear tires. The racing-style chassis incorporates a fully independent suspension and massive brakes.

Race Yellow and Copperhead Orange are new body colors for 2005. Introduced later in the model year, Copperhead Orange is accompanied by a special interior package that includes black leather upholstery with contrasting orange stitching.

The current model is produced only as a two-passenger convertible, but a coupe will join the lineup for the 2006 model year. The new version is a true convertible, which should please buyers who had first-hand experience with the balky soft roof on earlier Vipers.

More than any other model on the market, the Viper SRT10 represents serious, traditional, American performance centered on a big engine and a lack of frills. Even so, today's Detroit-built Vipers can be equipped with a number of comfort and convenience features. L...
Vehicle Overview
A new, hotter-than-ever edition of Dodge's longtime sports car went on sale as a 2003 model; it was lighter and faster than its predecessor and promised "raw performance." The Viper SRT10 represents "obscene performance, outrageous design and ultimate driver enjoyment," said Jim Julow, vice president of the Dodge Global Brand Center.

The Viper SRT10's all-aluminum V-10 grew from 8.0 to 8.3 liters in displacement, yielding 500 horsepower and 525 pounds-feet of torque. These figures almost make the previous V-10's 450 hp sound puny. A six-speed-manual transmission sends all that force to 19-inch rear tires. The racing-style chassis incorporates a fully independent suspension and massive brakes.

Race Yellow and Copperhead Orange are new body colors for 2005. Introduced later in the model year, Copperhead Orange is accompanied by a special interior package that includes black leather upholstery with contrasting orange stitching.

The current model is produced only as a two-passenger convertible, but a coupe will join the lineup for the 2006 model year. The new version is a true convertible, which should please buyers who had first-hand experience with the balky soft roof on earlier Vipers.

More than any other model on the market, the Viper SRT10 represents serious, traditional, American performance centered on a big engine and a lack of frills. Even so, today's Detroit-built Vipers can be equipped with a number of comfort and convenience features. Loosely patterned after the Shelby Cobras of the 1960s and the Chrysler Hemi-powered Cunningham racers of the 1950s, the first Viper went on sale as a 1992 model.


Exterior
Vipers have flaunted their wild and untamed nature from the beginning, and the current version continues that theme. Styling cues for the 2003 - 2005 model were taken from the Viper GTS/R concept car unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show. Swept-back fenders, deep-cut side scallops and lowered hood lines resemble the styling cues of the original Viper but give the low-slung roadster a more modern appearance. Dodge installed a belly pan as one of several steps to improve the Viper's aerodynamics.

The Viper's fabric roof uses a single center latch. Forged aluminum wheels hold 18-inch front tires, while P345/30ZR19 rear tires are mounted on wheels that are 13 inches wide. The Viper SRT10 stretches 175.6 inches long overall, rides a 98.8-inch wheelbase and stands 47.6 inches tall.


Interior
Inside the two-passenger racing-derived cockpit, the driver starts the V-10 engine via a button and sits before a 220-mph speedometer and a center-mounted tachometer. Dodge claims the Viper SRT10's interior will fit drivers like a glove, calling it "the automotive equivalent of a jet fighter."

Under the Hood
The Viper's 8.3-liter V-10 generates 500 hp and 525 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed-manual gearbox is the sole transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.


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2005 Dodge Viper Copperhead Edition

by Rick H. from Pocono Mtns. of PA on March 26, 2018

Although a bit tight to wiggle into, this car is a beast. Not for the meek at heart. How much more power do you need. Flawless finish, paint, interior...body lines..... Not for a snot nosed kid as it ... Read full review

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Absolute fun

by Viper torque from Amarillo, TX on May 20, 2013

I bought my viper a few weeks ago and drove it back from Florida to Texas and never had so much fun doing so. I had always heard about how rough the suspension was and they are not comfortable. What? ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Viper received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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