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FEATURES | 6 out of 10
I'm a little disappointed by the lack of cruise control
after a week I longed for a cupholder
offers a "seven-speaker, 300-watt audio system with a six-disc CD changer
You'll likely be shocked to find out that the 2010 Viper is still around-it survived Chrysler's bankruptcy by the skin of its fangs-and stunned that it offers niceties like satellite radio, power windows and locks, and a couple of airbags for good measure. There's even an option for a navigation system.
The 2010 Dodge Viper comes with few standard features, and even less on its options list. Edmunds lists standard "power-adjustable pedals, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel, keyless entry and a seven-speaker, 300-watt audio system with a six-disc CD changer." Reviewers from around the Web seem to accept the lack of features as part of the Viper's mission. Cars.com thinks the omission of this equipment "seems to say, 'if you disapprove, buy something else.'" Edmunds concurs that the Viper "makes no apologies for its lack of key luxury and safety features." And while the Cars.com reviewer confesses "that after a week I longed for a cupholder," they also "respect Dodge's exclusion of one." All of this makes it even more surprising, as Kelley Blue Book confirms, that "a navigation system combined with SIRIUS Satellite Radio" is on the options list. One downer is noted by Cars.com: "I'm a little disappointed by the lack of cruise control...I find cruise control helps me keep from inadvertently creeping above the speed limit...cruise would add little cost and practically no weight."
The Viper would rather you remove stuff, anyway. In the case of the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR, drivers can even choose to strip out some features. Motor Trend reports that "40 pounds can be removed by opting for the 'Hard Core' package, which deletes the audio system" and "underhood silencer pad, trunk carpet, and tire inflator" on the Dodge Viper ACR, making for an even quicker and more formidable racer.
The Dodge Viper offers more finishes and customization options than it did just a few years ago, and a tan interior package lifts some of the gloom that a black-upholstered Viper can show. It's not luxurious by any means, but it's a big improvement over the first Viper-and with its recent reprieve from death row, maybe the Viper will grow up like the Corvette and 911 have.
Modern conveniences? The 2010 Dodge Viper thinks that stuff is for wusses, but it gives in on satellite radio and navigation.