The 2017 Dodge Viper has an 8.4-liter V10 engine, a race-car-like cockpit, and the manners of a voracious grizzly.

Driving one is a visceral, violent, and unadulteratedly raw experience.

Its trim levels range from bare-bones and stripped-down to a really unique automobile that can win on any circuit.

It attracts attention just as much as exotics that are three times as expensive.

The Viper isn't your automobile, though, if you're also looking for some civility and functionality. To begin with, it's not really comfy.

Even for a sports car of this level, it rides quite stiffly, offers little support in the seats, and is oppressively noisy on the highway.

Granted, the Viper has been criticised for all of these reasons ever since it was introduced in 1992, so it's not exactly breaking news.

One of the greatest and closest competitors to the Viper is the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It rides better, has a roomier cabin, and has a comparable amount of power.

The Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type are two additional opulent options that we both heartily endorse.

It is illogical to purchase this vehicle. But before Dodge retires the Viper, 2017 will also be its final model year.

All 2017 Dodge come equipped with antilock brakes, stability control, side-door mounted airbags, and a rearview camera as standard safety features.

A simulated emergency stop at the Edmunds test track required the Dodge Viper to stop from 60 mph in 103 feet.