...and asks me if I'd be interested in driving a Viper from Margate, NJ (AC) to Roxborough, PA (Philadelphia). Naturally, I said yes. So the next morning I got up at 5:45am to pick up Carl at 6:30. We drive to Nick's house in Philly. Joe, who was supposed to drive the Prowler, but ended up riding with Carl instead, shows up around 9am. We all pile into Nick's Eclipse and drive to Margate.
Carl decides to drive the Cingular Spiderman Viper GTS. I gladly accept driving the white Mamba (Limited Edition) 2004 Viper convertible. The first thing I notice is that the car has <800 miles on it. It's not even broken in yet! Oh well. The second thing I notice is how close together the pedals are and how tall the clutch is. The lack of deadpedal means your foot rests UNDER the clutch pedal when you aren't using it. It took me a while to get used to the pedal layout. We rumble out of Margate and onto the AC expressway. Traffic (and following an Eclipse) limited me to only about a half a dozen third gear pulls, but it was prettyy fast. The thing about a Viper is they don't FEEL fast because of the flat torque curve. The brakes are awesome. The fit and finish on the 2nd gen Viper is excellent. The car felt very solid and substantial.
I got to put about 80 miles on a virtually new Viper and I got paid $50 to do it. All in all it was a good day.
If you ever get a chance to drive a Viper, take it!