The 2004 Dodge Viper SRT-10 is an instant classic. After all, with
a 500 hp V10 motor and extra creature comforts over the previous
generation roadster, this is the kind of machine that we're going
to want for generations to come. So it's great to find a low
mileage example that has been treated with the right care since day
Viper Red is one of the best colors around. It's so vibrant that it makes people instantly stand at attention (even before they hear the side pipes growl.) So it helps to have an example that looks this good. After all, averaging around 1,000 miles annually means this roadster only left the garage for special occasions. This also means the body panels are excellent, which is exactly what you want on one of the most aggressive designs ever. The extra-long hood showcases the aggressive snake-eyes headlights, heat extractors for the big motor, and a power bulge that ends in a scoop with two venomous fangs on the side. The deeply scalloped sides look awesome as they extend seamlessly from the fenders through the doors. And the shaply rear hides some of the car's best wind-cheating abilities. The only hint of brightwork this machine has are on the large alloy wheels (18/19 inches front/rear,) and it earns this flair because of the amount of wide and grippy rubber it brings to the road.
If you like the way the crisp black roof looks against the red paint, then you'll love taking it down to reveal the full black interior. Just like the exterior, ultra-low mileage means hardly any moments to even put a crease in the leather-lined sports seats. This generation of Viper was more accommodating that its predecessors. For example, the suede insert in the seats makes it quite nice to hop inside even on sunny days. You also get a ton of features, like power windows, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control, dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, cup holders, power steering, and a premium AM/FM/CD stereo system. Plus, the cold-blowing factory air conditioning allows you to enjoy this Viper with the top down even in the summer. But this more accommodating Viper doesn't mean it lost its wild side. You instantly know this is still a machine built around the driver the moment you slip behind the grippy sports steering wheel. There's a large speedo and tach directly in front, crisp white-faced auxiliary gauges running up the center stack, and a gear stick exactly where your right hand wants to be. So you know you want to push the red start button and awaken this beast.
The 8.3-liter V10 is one of the most imposing motors around. It has that extra-long look of power that we love on other exotics like a Ferrari, but this also has its own distinct flair from the twin-plenum intake and big red valve Viper covers. This is the original motor, and it starts up like a well-cared for fuel-inject powerhouse should. The six-speed manual transmission means you are in full control of the street-eating 500 horsepower and the sweet soundtrack coming from the side exhaust. And because this Viper comes with a fully independent sports suspension, beefy limited slip rear end, and a large four-wheel disc brake package, you really are in full control of this big power droptop.
This Viper SRT-10 has the ideal mix of features that lets you enjoy it today and appreciate it even more as it matures into full classic status. It's the slick V10 machine you've always wanted, and this one has been treated with respect from day one. Call today!!!
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