Many people are scared of snakes. Even more people fear the Viper. But I must have one of those strangely long flutes because I charmed this snake.
The 1998 Dodge Viper has an 8.0L V10 and 6 speed manual transmission. The 8.0L V10 is easy to be intimidated by, and for good reason. The V10 puts out about 450 horsepower, which can get wild in a light (ish) car. Although it is powerful, the car isn’t as unmanageable as a lot of other reviewers make it out to be. As long as you have a solid head on your shoulders, you should be able to keep the car out of a ditch. The first trick is to not drive in the rain, or even wet. There is no traction control or ABS so you will have a bad time.
The interior is crammed. Shoulder width is fine, the center console is enormous. It’s the tear drop design of the cabin that creates an issue. Your knees begin to be compressed as they get closer to the front of the car. The cramped cabin really hit it’s crescendo with the pedal box. If you’d like to experience a 1998 Dodge viper’s pedal box but don’t have access to one, take a cinder block and stick your whole foot into both of the holes. Then try to move them around as if to shift gears. That is what it is like.
The 1998 Viper is really what would happen if a 7-year-old boy wished his Hotwheels toy was real. The car has side pipes which burn your legs. The interior is uncomfortable and hard to see out of. The engine is comically large for no real reason. The body is rounded like a concept car and thus has a $15,000 hood.
That being said, the Viper is a full experience. Personally, I would never own one. But I am thankful to have had the opportunity to drive one and experience the snake!