(Brian SD @ 21 July 2004, 2:12) Quote
Dodge Viper SRT-10 (relatively affordable exotic. True convertible, 2nd coming of the Shelby Cobra, 70,000 mile warranty)
A viper... exotic? Sorry, I chuckled when I read that.
Depends on your definition of "exotic." If you define "exotic" by performance, then I would think that the Viper certainly qualifies. It will hang with cars like the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale and Lamborgini Gallardo, which I think most folks will agree is an "exotic." In terms of numbers, I guess it's relative. There are a lot fewer Vipers than there are Ferraris, but the Vipers are not a limited production car like the Enzo. I'd be willing to bet that in Europe, at least, that there are more Enzos than Vipers. I think in my entire life, I've seen less than 10 Vipers total on the street. They certainly aren't common. I've seen a lot more Ferraris than that.[/quote] I guess it all depends where you reside. Here in South Florida, I see Vipers all the time; of course I also see Ferraris, Lamborghini's, Aston Martins, RR and Bentleys, several Maybach's (I was in one, the 62, that is one massive car, like a S600 on steroids with 20" wheels). Notice I don't mention Porches? Why? Because I must see 50-60 Porsche everyday. And most of them are not Boxster's, they are 911's. The Toyota Camry of SoFLA is either the Lexus ES 300 / Mercedes C-Class. I have even seen classic cars on the street before...and I don't mean Ford T's. I have seen a 1928 MB SSK, an Auburn Boat Tail Speedster, and a MB 500k Special Roadster, plus several others. A trip to South Beach, Palm Beach, or Las Olas Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale will certainly prove my point. But, unfortunately the display of wealth sterilizes you, and you notice that it no longer fazes you, which is not good. Jon. Also, There have been a lot more Ferraris made than Vipers, and for a much longer period of time, so the probability of seeing a Ferrari before seeing a Viper is great, just based on statistical data.