Dodge Announces No-Cost Viper Customization Program


Bet you didn't know just how much of the latest-generation Dodge Viper is actually hand-built. Most people don't — they think it's just another muscle car, albeit an expensive one, not a hand-built and customizable machine on par with the best European supercars. Dodge has decided to use its slow-build technique to its advantage with a new personalization program.

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In a first for the industry, Dodge has announced the new Viper 1 of 1 program in which customers can now customize their Viper in one of 25 million possible variants — at no extra cost. Ordering a new 2015 Viper GT Custom (known as the GTC) will begin a very special process for the buyer, who will get to choose from a palette of 8,000 colors, 24,000 hand-painted custom stripes, 10 wheel options, 16 interior trims, six aero packages and a host of stand-alone options.

When a customer selects a color and stripe package, a small paint chip will be sent to the buyer for confirmation. After that, a 1-18 scale "speed form" model of the Viper painted in the chosen colors will be sent. When the owner gives the final go-ahead, the car's colors and specs will be locked in — and no other Viper will be built with that configuration for that model year, guaranteeing an exclusivity not found in cars costing less than $100,000.

By Aaron Bragman | January 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Dodge SRT Viper


Vehicles Affected: More than 1,600 model-year 2013-14 Dodge SRT Viper supercars manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and June 26, 2014

The Problem: Due to inaccurate seat position sensors, the frontal airbags may deploy with a lower velocity than designed for the actual seat position. In a crash necessitating airbag deployment, an airbag that deploys at a lower velocity than designed increases the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners on Oct. 24, and dealers will install a metal shim on the detection plate to correct the seat position sensors' accuracy for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Are the Top 10 Exhaust Tips On Sale Today?


Aesthetically, there is a lot to consider when analyzing a car's design. Most people probably focus on a car's grill or even the profile. But for a certain group of people the tailpipes have an allure all their own. Here are what our editors consider the 10 best examples of exquisite exhausts on the market today.

By David Thomas | September 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

Dodge Knocks $15,000 Off 2015 SRT Viper


Here's some math we can get behind. Want to get your hands on Dodge's V-10 stick-shift SRT Viper? The price of entry just fell by a cool 15 large. Dodge slashed its SRT Viper by $15,000 for 2015, dropping the starting price to $86,990, including destination. Any existing 2014 Vipers in inventory will be discounted $15,000, too. Get shopping; there are 501 examples currently in's new car inventory.

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Dodge points out that the Viper's new starting price reflects pricing of the original 1992 Viper, which had a starting MSRP of $50,700 back then. That's about $86,100 in 2014 dollars. Recall, too, that the '92 Viper was Spartan even for its day. It lacked air conditioning, antilock brakes and glass windows.

The 2015 Viper has all of those features and comes in four trims: the SRT ($87,990, all prices include destination), a new GT ($96,990), the TA ($102,990) and GTS ($109,990). Sales begin in early 2015. SRT models get new accent stitching and Alcantara accents on the doors and instrument panel; the GT adds Nappa leather seats, a two-mode suspension, five stability-control modes and upgraded brakes. Dodge will also offer special editions of the TA and GTS.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2014 | Comments (4)

Cyber-Security Experts Name 'Most-Hackable' Cars


We'll get right to the point, as time is of the essence in this fast-paced new world of connected cars and cybersecurity anxiety: You may be driving one of the "Most Hackable" cars as designated by researchers. On Wednesday, Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek, director of Security Intelligence at computer security firm IOActive, presented a study at the 2014 Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, identifying popular car models they determined to be the vehicles most vulnerable to a remote cyber-attack.

Related: AAA Wants to Protect Personal Data With Connected-Car Bill of Rights

The top three Most Hackable vehicles are:

By Matt Schmitz | August 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold


With the Chrysler brand headed for mainstream battle against the likes of Ford, Hyundai, Honda and Chevrolet, the Dodge brand is about to take a much more specialized route: performance, and lots of it.

The bigger news: The SRT brand is being folded into Dodge, ending the confusion of whether it was something separate and apart. The focus on performance and the new directive not to compete with Chrysler brand means that some models will be discontinued, namely the Avenger midsize sedan and Grand Caravan minivan.

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High-performance variants of the Dart and Journey are on tap, with high-output turbocharged engines; the SRT versions of the Challenger and Charger will get supercharged Hemi V-8 engines. Here's what to expect from the Dodge brand over the next five years:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 SRT Viper Stryker Green Photo Gallery (27 Photos)


If the Wicked Witch of the West were to trade in her broom for an image-appropriate whip to tear down the yellow brick road in, it would be the 2014 SRT Viper in Stryker Green. But don't be intimidated, the Chrysler-made supercar isn't exactly known for its subtlety, so there's no reason why the average Emerald City resident can't rock this wicked Oz-tentatious paint job — if they're willing or able to afford it, that is.

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Stryker Green is likely in line with the Red Tinted Pearl color, which costs just shy of $15,000 and is available only on the pricier Viper GTS and standard model with the GT package, which includes high-end stuff like Nappa leather seats. Check out the photo gallery below and see if this green is worth your green.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition Photo Gallery


Get a good look right here, or make your way this week to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where it's making its debut, because your chances of parking the 2014 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon special edition in your driveway are less than stellar. Only 50 of the limited-run version of the "American exotic supercar" will be available starting in early 2014, according to Chrysler. The automaker says the Anodized Carbon paint job is meant to create "greater accentuation to the vehicle's form," as the metallic finish adds depth while the dark matte color amplifies the Viper's "sinister" quality. Beyond the color, unique exterior accents include Black Vapor Chrome five-spoke Rattler wheels, Gloss Black GTS badging, a Satin Black exhaust bezel, an Anodized Carbon fuel-filler door, orange brake calipers and carbon-fiber brake ducts.

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Interior accents include an Alcantara-wrapped headliner, door bolsters and knee blockers; orange accent stitching on the Nappa leather-wrapped door trim, center console and instrument panel and on the Nappa leather and Alcantara seats; carbon-fiber flourishes are added throughout the center stack, door panels and steering wheel; and an exclusive carbon GTS badge adorns the dashboard. Check out the photo gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Dodge SRT Viper Review


Remember the Aesop fable of "The Farmer and the Viper"? With an emphasis on cosmetics and interior luxury, the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is like that. The two-seater dazzles with highfalutin options like leather-covered everything and a $14,000 paint job you'll consider a bargain. However, reviewer Aaron D. Bragman admonishes, once you're in the cockpit, this street-legal racecar turns on you, its intimidating V-10 taunting you to top 200 mph while pummeling you with sport-stiff suspension. Consider that parting exhaust burn on your leg payment for your "reward from the wicked."

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

What to Drive to the World's Biggest Classic-Car Cruise


The Woodward Dream Cruise happens every year on the third Saturday in August as it has since 1995, when a group of volunteers decided to try and relive their youth from the 1950s and 1960s, back when evening entertainment in the Motor City often involved aimlessly cruising up and down the well-known street.

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The street is M-1, Woodward Avenue, stretching 25 miles from the heart of Detroit into the suburb of Pontiac, crossing a dozen communities and the sites of many former drive-in restaurants. Since its humble beginning, the event has become the largest classic-car gathering in the world, with this year's event reportedly drawing 1.5 million people and more than 60,000 classic and modern specialty cars over the course of roughly a week. It is the ultimate event for the classic-car enthusiast, and the perfect place to take a classic, interesting or just plain fun car.

It just so happened this year that I had a test car that met all three descriptors. In a sea of extraordinary muscle cars, classic rarities and outrageous iron, what could possibly make the spectators sitting on the side of the road drop their Big Gulps, quickly whip out cameras, yell encouragement, flash thumbs-up and even in one case burst into applause en masse?

How about the redesigned 2013 SRT Viper GTS coupe in stunning, eye-popping Stryker Red Tinted Pearl?

By Aaron Bragman | August 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

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