2009 Dodge Viper
If you’re looking for a luxury sports car for around 100 grand, the 2009 Dodge Viper is definitely worth a look. Originally made in 1992 to be a sports convertible, the designers finally added a hardtop roof to this model four years later. Now, the 2009 Viper brings you a sexy combination of power, handling, and speed with an exterior body that’s sure to turn heads on the street.
The Viper saga began in 1992, when Dodge released a rare lineup of just 200 cars. Their newly-introduced model came equipped with a 8L 488 cu. in. V10! Now, if that couldn’t impress a luxury sports car buyer in 1992, then it’s unclear what else could. This two-door bullet had a manual 6-speed transmission, and could crank out 400 horse powers. In 1996, Dodge added more colors to its palette of choices, and it redesigned the Viper’s exhaust pipes to enclose them, rather than leaving them open as before. According to their engineers, this improved the Viper’s horse powers by 15, to 415hp. They also restyled the wheels, and made a removable hardtop an optional upgrade. A GTS coupe version was also introduced; it boasted a 450hp engine, and featured a set of crucial improvements, such as 17” wheels, an anti-theft system, safety-oriented redesigned seats, dual airbags, a better CD stereo, as well as power windows and adjustable pedals.
In 1997, Dodge continued to improve the Viper; particularly, the original Roadster featured all the nice upgrades that the GTS coupe had. They redesigned the exhaust system in 1998, making it lighter, and added metallic silver as a color option. By 1999, the Viper was upgraded to 18” wheels, a redesigned interior (including optional leather), and black color for the GTS. In 2001, ABS and two new colors were added. During the following years, Dodge continued to tweak the interior options, adding support for upgrades like Sirius radio, navigation systems, and iPod/MP3 support.
If you’ve ever seen a Dodge Viper on the road, you’ve probably noticed the unique side exhaust pipe that’s located under the door rather than under the back bumped. This unique feature is what makes a Viper… a Viper. So how far has the 2009 model come?
This rear-wheel beast is at 600 horse powers, thanks to the enormous 8.4L V10 engine and 6-speed manual gears, which come standard on the Coupe and the Roadster models. This means acceleration from 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, and a ridiculous 11.8 second quarter-mile time. No wonder many video games and movies have picked up on this car, featuring it as one of the best in its class! The 2009 Dodge Viper’s independent, 4-wheel suspension and coil-over shock absorbers are made of light aluminum, and provide a low center of gravity. Along with a wide-stance design, this means unparalleled stability on the road. Also, the 2009 Dodge Viper offers state-of-the-art Brembo breaks, featuring 14” rotors all around. No other car can break from 60mph to 0mph in under 100 feet like the 2009 Dodge Viper.
The interior looks, feels, and smells luxurious; with leather seats and professional-grade equipment installed on the dash board, you really feel like you’re driving a sports car. Although the 560 pound-feet torque sounds impressive, it comes at a price; approximate city gas mileage is estimated at 13mpg, or 22mpg on highways. You’re looking at doing about 260 miles per gas tank, and the 2009 Dodge Viper takes 16 gallons to fill up. Other things to consider prior to buying this explosive rear-wheel drive vehicle are insurance prices, as well as cost of maintenance: because there’s only a limited amount of 2009 Dodge Vipers out there, the cost of parts will be through the roof for this american muscle car.