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New cars: What the critics say

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Car & Driver
“Oh, brother.” After the Chevy Corvette Z06 came out with a 505 hp engine, Viper felt the only way to maintain its cachet was to produce 600 hp. Dodge’s sledgehammer approach to greater power is balanced with an upgraded transmission, stronger gears, and smoother synchronization. None of that really matters. The SRT10 “will still be delightfully brutal with all that delicious, face-melting power.”

Motor Trend
The SRT gang has done the impossible with its trademarked CamInCam system, “a world’s first innovation.” A two-piece hollow camshaft helps minimize valve overlap at both high and low engine speeds. A lighter sidepipe exhaust system is also 20 percent more efficient than standard, and combustion chambers in the cylinder heads are computer-operated to provide smoother airflow.

Road & Track
“Hello, hyperdrive.” When the pedal’s to the metal, this monster distorts distances like a carnival mirror, pummels the driver’s senses, and deafens passengers. Top speed is more than 200 mph, and, theoretically, it can even corner at 150 mph. At its most venomous, the Viper comes with Razor wheels and in an array of vibrant colors. This is “one serpent to be reckoned with.”

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