British automotive journalists, like Jeremy Clarkson, for example, have always been a bit hard on American cars. Despite its endearing nature, the Dodge Viper has never been safe from their criticisms of poor build quality and uninspiring handling, but it seems the Dodge Viper ACR has managed to kick the American stereotypes and win over the UK’s motoring press.
The latest British journalist to climb out of the Viper ACR with their world turn upside down was Carfection’s (formerly XCAR) Alex Goy. In his words, the Viper has always been “a bit unruly, a bit skittish and mad,” which turned much of Britain’s more sophisticated car-buying public off of it. For that reason, Goy has never really had the chance to see, hear or drive a Viper- but now he has.
Goy was surprised by the Viper ACR’s immense capability on the track, leading him and the team to label their review “Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome.” He does have typical Viper complaints about noise, ride quality and fearing for your life, but in conclusion he seems to quite like it. He does call it “stupid,” at one point, but it’s hard to argue that a road-going racecar with a six-speed manual transmission and an 8.4-liter V10 in the year 2016 isn’t a bit silly. The words ‘Dodge Viper’ doesn’t belong in the same sentence as ‘sensible’, anyway.