Dodge Viper driven
It was slated for destruction, but it’s back from the dead. And sharper than ever…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012
The newly sorted chassis definitely helps, but much credit has to go to the engineers who got this setting so right. And made it so easy to operate. No cryptic pushing and holding sequences here - just press the steering-wheel-mounted button to turn it on or off. The other bonus of this electronic system is there's now a similarly simple launch-control button, too. Can't imagine the paint on that switch lasting long.
The other towering achievement of the new chassis-control system is that it handles all the monster power and torque from the familiar but now totally reworked 8.4-litre V10 engine. Maximum output is now up 40bhp to 640bhp, and max torque is now a very generous 600lb ft. But it's the torque curve that really catches the eye. Even at just above tickover, this engine makes more torque than an M3 makes at full chat.