Oct 23, 2002
Reviewed By Bengt Halvorson
Price as Tested $80,795

No matter what gear you’re in, torque, torque, torque; mammoth 500-hp, 8.3-liter V10 ups the ante even more; excellent brakes scrub off speed quickly and finally have ABS; new top is easy to raise or lower and clicks neatly into place; clean interior design no longer a parts-bin disaster area; better cowl aerodynamics now keep the bugs out of your face; raspy new engine sound finally fits the Viper’s character.


Cumbersome clutch and shifter action still feels big-rig derived; rear end gets very nervous on pockmarked pavement surfaces; choppy ride over all but glass-smooth roads; headroom is tight with the top in place; a high-involvement car that tires you out on longer drives.


We’re glad the crew in Auburn Hills didn’t change it too much. More refined where it counts, but still a savage beast that doesn’t know finesse. Like no other current production supercar, it’s easy to see why the Viper has a loyal enthusiast following.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating