2005 Dodge Viper

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$81,795

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2005 Dodge Viper

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Heritage
  • Assertive appearance

The bad:

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

1 trim

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.8
  • Interior design 3.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

A Constant Head Turner

This is the forth Viper roadster I've owned ('1994, 2000, 2003, 2005) and no complaints about any of them. I love the "wow" comments I get when people see the Viper. Corvettes, although great cars also, are a common site everywhere you go. Not true with the Viper. I also love the rear wide track and bodacious rear tires. There may be more comfortable and higher H.P. sports cars, but none as good looking, worry free, cheaper to maintain/repair or fun to drive. I believe the Viper gives you the most bang for your buck.

4.4

2005 Dodge Viper Copperhead Edition

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 will easily kill you. Love the color and everything inside it!

4.6

Absolute fun

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? Maybe if you are 6'3" and 300 lbs. you're not going to be comfortable. Do you really expect it to ride like a cadillac? Would you seriouslly want it to? The viper has an unbelievable amout of torque and if you drive that car and are not smiling the whole time you are either brain dead or you truly know nothing about performance cars and don't appreciate them. I would recommend this car over any other performance car out there for the money it can't be beat......Period

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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