2008 Dodge Viper

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New 600-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine

  • New hood with restyled, functional air extractors

  • New flat-top pistons with 10.2:1 compression ratio

  • New platinum-tip spark plugs and larger-valve cylinder heads

  • New Venom engine oil controller

  • New air gap headers and low-restriction exhaust system

  • Available two-tone interiors

  • Eight exterior colors, including five new colors

  • New Razor wheel with five U-shaped spokes
The 2008 Dodge Viper benefits from the addition of an all-new, 600-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine, giving the car a top speed of 200 mph (according to Dodge). Now in its third generation, the updated 2008 Viper SRT10 roadster and coupe competes with the Corvette Z06, Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 GT3, and Audi R8. There was no model production in 2007, while Dodge allowed the 2006 model an extended run while gearing up for the more powerful 2008 model.

Model Lineup
For 2008, the Dodge Viper comes in two models: SRT10 convertible and SRT10 coupe. Standard equipment is extensive and includes a leather-wrapped shift knob; suede seats with leather trim; rear-view mirror with reading lamps; power mirrors; convertible top cover boot (roadster only); sport suspension; dual side exhaust; speed-sensitive power locks; power trunk lid release; power adjustable pedals; 18- and 19-inch forged polished 5-spoke wheels; high-intensity-discharge headlamps; remote keyless entry; fog lamps; battery rundown protection; and front power windows with one-touch down feature. Tires are P275/35ZR18 front and P345/30ZR19 rear and have black sidewalls. Eight exterior colors are available on the Viper for 2008, five of which are new: Venom Red, Snakeskin Green, Viper Violet, Viper Orange and Bright Blue.

Options on the 2008 Dodge Viper include a protection group; dual painted stripes (in white, silver, black, graphite or red); premium 2-tone leather (standard on coupe); embroidered floor mats; cargo compartment carpet (coupe); car cover; light arc or graphite instrument panel bezel; and 18- and 19-inch forged polished H-spoke or Razor wheels with five U-shaped spokes.

Power for the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 comes from an all-new, 8.4-liter (510 cubic inch), aluminum block V-10 engine with sequential fuel injection that produces 600 hp at 6000 rpm and 560 lb.-ft. of torque at 5100 rpm. Power is transferred through a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission. Also new for the V-10 are the Venom engine oil controller; air gap headers and low-restrictor exhaust system; flat-top pistons with 10.2:1 compression ratio; platinum tip spark plugs; low-restriction air induction system with dual mass airflow; twin-disc clutch; cylinder heads with larger valves; and dual electronic throttle bodies. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 13 mpg city/22 mpg highway.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 coupe and convertible have advanced multi-stage front air bags; security alarm; Sentry Key theft-deterrent system; anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes; child seat upper tether anchors; adjustable brake and accelerator pedals; belt alert; seat belt constant-force retractors; 3-point belts with pre-tensioners; knee bolsters; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 coupe and roadster have not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front or side crash tests, or for rollover protection.

The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 coupe and convertible sport an AM/FM stereo with CD play and CD changer with a 7-speaker system that includes subwoofer and tweeters. An AM/FM CD GPS navigation system is also available. Sirius satellite radio with 1-year service is another option.

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