Dodge Decide To Upgrade To The Dodge Viper TA 2.0
Published February 27, 2015
Is this the return of Dodge?
It’s surprising to say that Dodge is releasing a new range of Vipers, including SRT and TA as last year Chrysler were contemplating scrapping the badge all together. Their showrooms were cluttered and only a massive mark down seemed to rouse certain buyers, but here we are in 2015 and happy to announce the new Dodge Viper TA 2.0!
So, what has really changed in the new model? Well, not much actually, it still has the same sleek body, the interior hasn’t changed and neither has the suspension. We have only really noticed a few tweaks here and there.
The new updates:
At the front, they’ve added a carbon-fibre splitter with lower dive planes, and at the rear it is now sporting carbon-fibre and a huge spoiler. This vastly increases the down force leading to better handling.
As for the visuals, they’ve slightly modified the graphics, adding decals on the nose and the front fenders. To finish the look it comes with matte-black, ultra-lightweight 18 inch in the front and 19 inch in the back wheels.
I may have lied a bit about the suspension; it has been tuned but only very slightly, not really enough to be called an upgrade, but altered nonetheless.
It does have a new carbon-fibre X-brace in the engine bay as for the engine, well that bolsters an extra five horses than the 2014 model giving it a total of 645 HP at 6,200 RPM with a total torque of 600 lb-ft at 5,000 RPM. It still has a V10, liquid cooled 8.4-litre engine. This little baby can go from nought to sixty in three seconds and get up to a top speed of 206 mph. The new Viper also comes with an extra mile per gallon totalling at 20 mpg on the highway.
As the name suggests, where the Dodge Viper TA 2.0 really gets to show off its prowess is on the track. With the tuned suspension that was great in the 2014 and has now been made slightly better, the carbon-fibre X-brace and the high performance shock dampers, spring and stabilizer bars all give it a 50% improvement in torsion rigidity, and with the new two-piece Brembo rotors and callipers set it apart from all the other track runners.
The Dodge Viper TA 2.0 has a long waited rival and in 2015, it will have to come up against the new Corvette Z06. It runs on a supercharged, 6.2-litre V-8 engine with a smashing 650 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque making it slightly faster. In fact, it beats the Viper in 60 by just 0.05 seconds, but on the track, that’s a lifetime but the top speed clocks off at 200mph, a whole 6mph slower.
The new 2.0 version doesn’t sport a massive upgrade, but it’s an upgrade nonetheless, and it’s all for $20,000 cheaper than last year’s making it the right choice in TA’s. However, the new Corvette Z06 is faster and a further $23,000 cheaper than the Viper, meaning you could save money on track time and leave Dodge enthusiasts in the dust.
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