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Edmund’s Inside Line has had one of the coolest long term test vehicles. The will go out and buy a used performance car, like a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi or 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, when most car publications shy away from the extremely impractical and used.
Their latest long-term test vehicle will show how much stamina the writing staff has as they drive around in one of the last 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10s. They point out that the while the Viper isn’t going away forever, the versions packing a hairy-chested V-10 that most of us have grown up lusting after will. As they put it, the test will be a “six-month going-away party.”
The Dodge Viper is a crude extreme driving experience according to our own Marty Padgett. In the Dodge Viper bottom line he wrote, “The 2010 Dodge Viper is truly, truly outrageous, from its ground-shaking performance to the paucity of space and comfort it doles out to its owner.”
Don’t think this is going to be a specialty long-term test, where the staff will only drive it to track days, autocross events or even to car shows. The article states that they want to see how the car will be on a daily-driver basis. It’s no easy task as the Viper comes without any electronic nannies to reign in the 500 horsepower that the engine makes or any real niceties like an iPod cable. Their goal is to put on between 10,000 and 20,000 miles on the odometer before handing the keys back to Dodge.
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[Source: Inside Line]