8 Cars You Might Not Realize We’re Based On the Dodge Viper
It’s common practice for small boutique manufacturers to base their products on other carmaker’s platforms. Most times, it’s only the engines that are borrowed, but there are more than a few cases where chassis and even whole vehicles are being used as a basis for a new car. In the high-performance segment, the Corvette is the most popular choice on which other cars are based. However, the Viper platform is equally, if not more, capable and there are more than a few cars based on it.
2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock HPE1000 by Hennessey
Dodge unveiled a special-edition model of the Challenger Redeye Widebody last year called the Challenger Super Stock. The car comes with the famous 6.2-liter, V-8 supercharged HEMI engine that churns out over 800 horses. Hennessey brought this car over to its factory and equipped it with its HPE1000 Performance Upgrade package. The result? 1,000+ horses on paper, but around 800 horses on the dyno. In Hennessey’s defense, it is still more than the Challenger Super Stock’s dyno figures.
A Dodge Viper Just Ran the Quarter-Mile In 6.8 Seconds
What according to you are impressive specs for a fast car on a drag strip? About 1,000 horses and a sub-10-second time? I’m sure a car that can achieve this will have your attention. But, what about a car that can make 3,250 horses and clock sub-seven-second times? You’ll probably tell me to get out of here, but hey, I’m not kidding.
Will Dugas, the owner of a second-gen Dodge ‘Juggernaut’ Viper, has managed to complete a quarter-mile in 6.8 seconds at the Hail Mary Derby! This is now officially the world’s quickest Dodge Viper. That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Enjoy This 2015 Dodge Viper’s Half-Mile Speed Test
Running the half-mile gives us a good idea of a car’s acceleration as well as its aerodynamic capabilities. Although we are used to seeing highly modified vehicles (some with over 2,000 horsepower), it’s more interesting to see what a can do in its factory state. Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is a place where EPA ratings and other data are being accumulated through testing. In this case, a 2015 Dodge Viper is the guest of honor.
This 2009 Dodge Viper ACR Is Basically Brand New
On August 31, 2017, FCA shut down the Conner Assembly Plant in Michigan and the Dodge Viper was officially axed because it couldn’t meet new safety regulations.
Is the Viper dead, though? Not really. Yes, Dodge isn’t making it anymore, but the carmaker managed to sell four Vipers in 2020, according to a report by MotorTrend. While it’s unclear how those units were snagged by new owners, if you’re really looking to get your hands on a special Viper, check out this 2009 Viper ACR.
Can the C8 Corvette Beat The Three-Row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat On A Drag Strip?
Hennessey has been quite active on its YouTube page lately. The aftermarket company is planning to infuse its famed HPE1000 package into the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. But, before the SUV went under the knife, Hennessey decided to race it stock with some other sports car. Recently, the company brought the Durango SRT Hellcat and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to the drag strip and raced them both. This time, it’s the family SUV versus the Chevy C8 Corvette. Can it make short work of the C8 ‘Vette?
Dodge Durango Hellcat Takes On A Shelby GT500 - Does AWD Give the SUV an Edge?
Hennessey Performance had two new visitors at its facility, both of which came to be tuned up to around 1,000 horses. One was a family SUV with a sports car alter ego called the Dodge Durango Hellcat, and the other one was a two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car from Shelby called the GT500. Both makoverof 700 horses and took under four seconds to 60 mph from rest. These are the stock specs, in case you were wondering. So, before they were injected with steroids, the folks at Hennessey decided to race the two of them because, well, why not! Who do you think will win?
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat - Driven
Until 2020, the Dodge Durango was a family SUV with a sporty side to it. It came with a V-8 engine that churned out enough power to fulfill the adrenaline rush while also serving as a practical utility vehicle. For the 2021 model, however, Dodge upped the ante. As part of its process to plonk in the Hellcat engine in every product in its portfolio, the automaker transformed the Durango into a beast incarnate that just can’t be tamed. On paper, the Durango SRT Hellcat is now the most powerful production SUV. It can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. Isn’t that a wonderful and frightening sight at the same time?
The Dodge Intrepid Was a Stealthily Disguised Mitsubishi 3000 GT With the Engine in the Middle
Before embracing the muscle car vibe, Dodge was all about making a halo car able to compete with and even outdo the Corvette. While the fruit of the labor of Dodge’s skunkworks ended up being a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive gorilla of a car that’s glorified even almost 30 years after its launch, the story could’ve been entirely different if a largely forgotten concept from 1988 had been given the upper hand. That concept was the Intrepid.
This 2,000HP Dodge Viper Is Stupid Fast
Power is great, but just how much power is enough? Apparently, there is no such thing, as one of YouTube’s go-to racing channels – “That Racing Channel” (TRC) – gives us a ride-along in one very fast Dodge Viper. This isn’t just any Viper, as you will find out below. As usual, we get the story behind the car, how the owner got it, and what’s been done to it. Spoiler alert: there are some pretty crazy facts about this particular snake.
5 Alternatives to the Dodge Demon That Will Fill The Void
By now, many of us motoring enthusiasts have heard the sad news about the Dodge Hellcat and Demon. The SRT department has long cemented its reputation as the creator of some of the most outrageous, awesome, zero f***s given muscle cars and the Demon was the last and most powerful of them all. For around $85,000, you got a 9-second car with over 800 horsepower that can do wheelies. Who does that? All good things must come to an end, however, as stricter emission regulations bring an end to big supercharged V-8 engines. With this in mind, here are some alternatives to the tire-shredding unholy creation. If you’re a Dodge fan, you might want to stick until the end, for this one.
Here’s the Next-Generation Dodge Viper That Will Probably Never Exist
It’s been four years since Dodge discontinued the Viper and we’re still hoping that the nameplate will return soon. The Viper was unlike any other American car. It featured a sleek and powerful design, a massive V-10 engine under the hood, and delivered outstanding performance on both the road and track. Dodge isn’t planning on reviving it but the Viper is still getting a lot of love. And someone even went as far as to design a sixth-generation model from scratch. And it looks like a superb successor to Dodge’s already iconic sports car.
SpeedKore’s Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart
It has been a while since we last heard about SpeedKore and in a way, the whole waiting paid off. The Wisconsin-based custom shop that used to delight our eyes at SEMA has been brewing something over the past months and now it is finally out. Meet the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser built specifically for comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
Dodge Prepares The World For The Death of Supercharged V-8 Performance
The days of Dodge’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine are numbered, says company CEO Tim Kuniskis, who predicts that the infamous Hellcat models won’t be around for long. But while V-8 power is slowly dying due to tightening fuel economy requirements, muscle cars won’t disappear altogether. Kuniskis predicts that electrification will bring a new "golden age of muscle cars" upon us.
Someone Seriously Put a Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Buggy Wheels
YouTubers are known to do some pretty silly stuff in order to rack up followers, or simply to entertain their existing audience. That said, what sometimes seems downright stupid, occasionally gives us answers to questions we never knew we wanted to ask, or simply wouldn’t dare test for ourselves. US-based YouTuber WhistlingDiesel decided to see how usable a 700+ horsepower muscle car can be if you change the sticky rubber with buggy wheels.
What is the Cheapest Dodge?
The Dodge Journey wears the crown for cheapest in the Dodge lineup with a starting price of just $22,995, which isn’t a bad price for a midsized crossover. Of course, Dodge couldn’t charge much for the Journey as it went into production back in 2008 and has never seen a real redesign since. Dodge has a bad habit of letting models live longer than they should, and the Journey is a prime example of this. While it might be the cheapest and will get the job done, the chassis underneath is old and outdated, as is the technology inside. Be that as it may, Dodge still managed to move nearly 100,000 examples of the Journey last year, which really isn’t bad for an 11-year-old design in the grand scheme of things.
What is the Sportiest Dodge?
Believe it or not, the Charger, Challenger, and Durango are all sporty in their own right, and all three can take home the trophy for being the sportiest. The Charger is the brand’s only sedan offering and, if you’re into sedans, you’ll find that it’s a pretty sporty proposition for something that starts below $20,000. It’s definitely sportier than comparable offerings from Ford and Chevy. The Challenger is our personal favorite and is a pretty sporty coupe with a lot of muscle car DNA built in. The Dodge Durango is a prime example of what a sporty SUV is supposed to look like, and it can even be had with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
What is the Most Popular Dodge?
Dodge’s most popular model is the Dodge Grand Caravan, with sales totaling 151,927 for all of 2018, with the second best seller being the Journey (yes the one that it seems nobody still buys). If you add the sales of the Charger (around 80,000 for 2018) and the Challenger (around 66,000 for 2018) they wouldn’t match the high sales number of the Grand Caravan. Part of the Caravan’s success, however, is the fact that it’s used largely by municipalities and is also great for customization for handicap drivers.
What is the Most Expensive Dodge?
With the Dodge Viper no longer in the lineup, Dodge’s most expensive model is the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. It is powered by the same 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 but delivers 797 Horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It’s the closest you can get to the now sold-out Dodge Demon and commands an entry price of $77,945. That’s $43,000 more than the entry-level Challenger. If you’re interested in sedans, the most expensive Charger is the SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower and an entry price of $67,495.
What is the Fastest Dodge?
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is actually, somehow, 1 mph faster than the Challenger Hellcat Redeye with a claimed top speed of 204 mph. Be that as it may, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is able to hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and run a 10.8-second quarter-mile straight off the production line. If that’s not fast enough for you, then you shouldn’t be looking at an American car company to quench your thirst for speed.
Are Dodges Reliable?
How reliable a Dodge really is varies greatly depending on who you ask. According to JD Power, Dodge is ranked No. 29 in the U.S. out of all major automakers, beating out only Fiat, Land Rover, and Volvo. According to JD Power, Dodge has been found to have 178 problems per 100 vehicles built. On the other hand, Repair Pal ranks that Dodge brand with a four out of five rating, or No. 15 out of 32 car brands. According to that outlet, the average cost of repair is $580, which is $51 below average, while the frequency of unexpected repairs comes down to 0.3 times per year, 0.1 times below average. 13 percent of all unscheduled repairs for Dodge models is considered severe. So, as you can see, there are polarizing opinions.