2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR design and safety, performance sports cars

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The Viper Bites Back

November 13, 2007 by  
Filed under Features

With the increasing pressure on vehicle manufacturers to create faster and more dynamic sports cars than their competitors, it seemed only fitting for the Dodge Viper so receive a facelift. Even though the new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR has only been slightly modified on its exterior, there have been major changes under its skin that have led to a better performing and safer Viper.

Many of the latest sports cars that have been manufactured by companies such as Ferrari and Lamborghini are far out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens, but with the Viper SRT10 ACR, having a starting price tag of $100 000, there might be more on the roads. And it is not just the reasonable price that makes the Viper SRT10 ACR such a magnificent choice, but it is the new performance of the vehicle that makes it worth the money. In recent tests, the improved Dodge Viper was able to reach speeds of approximately two hundred miles per hour, a cornering G-force of 1.5 and even the convertible could make it round the corners at a respectable speed of almost 197 miles per hour. The aluminum 8.4 liter V-10 engine produces a staggering six hundred horse power, allowing the Dodge Viper to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

With so much power under the hood it is important to keep the car on the ground, and to ensure that this powerful Viper stays stuck to the road, engineers have ensured that a large rear spoiler and a three-way splitter have been modified to the exterior of the car. The wheels on the front of the car are able to do all the steering, while the modifications generate a thousand pounds of down-force on the vehicle as soon as speeds of 150 miles per hour and over have been reached. The openings on the hood, even though they add a great look to the car, were installed to create a greater flow of cold air to the engine. An adjustable racing suspension and thicker anti-roll bar increases safety and performance.

Attention to safety has also ensured that the Viper SRT does not put drivers in unnecessary danger, with features such as advanced multistage front air bags and occupant classification systems, anti-lock braking system, seat belt alerts, constant force reactors, crumple zones, energy absorbing steering system, interior head-impact protection, knee-bolsters, remote keyless entry, and tire pressure monitoring systems. The interior of the Viper SRT has remained as luxurious as it is known for, with carefully designed finishing touches, making it extremely pleasant on the eyes.

For an aerodynamic, boldly designed sports car that was inspired by racing cars and has the handling capabilities and grandeur of a luxury vehicle, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 SCR, is the perfect choice. It is an intimidating powerhouse that has been designed for drivers who find adventure and endless possibilities around every corner of the open road.

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