CHANGES FOR 2014:

-New stability control system with “rain mode”
-More options for exterior colour and stripe packages

Following the Viper’s return to the Dodge lineup (though it’s officially sold under the SRT brand) for 2013, the 2014 model returns with a couple of minor updates. Available in standard and GTS versions, all Vipers use a massive 8.4L V10 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, a torque figure that Dodge claims is best of any naturally-aspirated engine. The only transmission is a six-speed manual.

Dodge doesn’t have much to say about the Viper’s list of standard features, and we can’t blame them; despite being far more refined than previous generations, this car is still basically a big motor with a steering wheel. You do get a multifunction steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, Bluetooth, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, Chrysler’s excellent Uconnect multimedia system, LED taillights, a nine-speaker stereo and 14-inch brakes with four-piston calipers all around.

Opt for the GTS and Dodge adds even better brakes, a 12-speaker stereo, four-mode stability control, launch control and a two-mode driver-selectable suspension setup.

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