RT-10 Convertible 1997-2002 * Dodge Viper
GTS Coupe 1996-2002
A coupe model called the GTS was also
introduced in 1996. Dubbed the "double bubble", the roof featured
slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of
helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose. Indeed, the
Viper's performance has made the vehicle popular for both
amateur and professional racers. Vipers can be seen
participating often in drag racing, road racing and drifting.
The GTS, like its predecessor, was chosen as the pace car
for the 1996 Indianapolis 500.
generation models were upgraded bringing increased engine power,
an improved suspension, and reduced braking distances; the 1996
to 2002 Viper GTS had a 450 bhp (336 kW) engine, which could
complete the quarter mile 0.7 seconds faster and increased top
speed by 35 km/h (22 mph) or so.
Along with the updated performance came the
inclusion of some of the "luxuries" the car did without before.
Dual front airbags were added to the vehicle's safety equipment
list in 1997 as mandated by the government. The car was also
exported to Europe, where it was re-badged as a Chrysler, and
sold under this marquee from 1997 to 2003.
In the first six years of production almost
10,000 Vipers were sold. Minor evolutionary changes including
new 18" diameter wheels were introduced in the 1999 model.
Subsequent versions featured light-weight hypereutectic pistons
and an improved exhaust system. 1999 saw the introduction of the
Cognac Connolly interior package. Continuing the refinements, an
ABS system was introduced in 2001. In 2002, the end of second
generation production was celebrated with the release of 360
commemorative "Final Edition" models. These models were painted
red with white stripes, paying tribute to the famous
race-winning Oreca cars.
0-60: 4.0 sec.
0-100: 8.6 sec.
quarter mile: 12.2 sec @ 118 mph (190 km/h)
top speed: +190 mph (306 km/h) (again proven by Road and Track
Slalom: 71.3 mph (115 km/h)
skidpad average g: .98
||2-door roadster 2-door coupe
||8.0 L V10 450 hp (336 kW)
||96.2 in (2443 mm)
||175.1 in (4448 mm) (1996-99 RT/10)
176.4 in (4481 mm) (2000-02 RT/10)
176.7 in (4488 mm) (GTS)
||75.7 in (1923 mm)
||44 in (1118 mm)(RT/10)
47 in (1194 mm) in (GTS)
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1996 Year of the
Dodge Viper GT Coupe
The 1996 Dodge Viper brought forth some major changes in this muscle car
institution since its inception in 1992. First and foremost, the once solitary
beast has split into two models: the standard RT/10 roadster and now the GTS
coupe. Both 1996 Dodge Vipers seem to have found some more of that power
This year, it was the 1997 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster that got the upgrade, and
designers took their cues from the GTS. First and foremost, the standard
8.0-liter, V10 engine in the Roadster was upgraded to meet the 450 hp the GTS is
capable of. Air conditioning, power windows, power door locks and
The 1998 Dodge Vipers rolled off of the assembly almost identical to what they
were in 1997. After all, why change so soon the perfect muscle car? With a
8.0-liter, V10 engine producing 450 hp in both the Viper RT/10 Roadster and the
Viper GTS, either 1998 Dodge Viper is capable of out-performing virtually
The 1999 Dodge Viper welcomes a new member to the muscle-car family: the 1999
Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer). This very limited edition (less than 200
were made) hybrid of the GTS is proof once more that Dodge can continue to
deliver the unthinkable: more power to its most powerful sports car.
The 2000 Dodge Viper continued the tradition of the near identical dual-styles,
the RT/10 Roadster and the GTS Coupe, both with 8.0-liter V10 engines that pump
out a staggering 450 hp. But if that's not enough power, Dodge also continued
producing a limited number of ACR (American Club Racer) Vipers,
The 2001 Dodge Viper came out of the factory with an important, and somewhat
revolutionary, change: a 4-wheel anti-lock brake system. Even more than the
comforts that had been added over the previous few years, this new brake system
takes a step towards taming the beast that is the Dodge Viper, and
The 2002 Dodge Viper is the last car in an era, the era of the original Dodge
Viper style. As such, almost nothing is different about the 2002 Dodge Viper
from the 2001. Both the 2002 Dodge Viper Roadster and GTS have massive
8.0-liter V10s under the hood that harness the power of 450 horses, allowing