SANTA BARBARA, CA – Although it’s darn near unpatriotic to admit it, I’ve never found much to love in the Viper. Once you drove one for 10 or 15 minutes, the point-and-shoot audacity of it all soon wore thin, and you realized DaimlerChrysler AG’s V-10 muscle car was just that: a muscle car too ridiculous even for muscle-car devotees. In exchange for wowing the clerks at 7-Eleven, you were subjected to ride quality and ergonomics on par with Spanish Inquisition torture chambers, ...

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