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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

In 1995 Dodge introduced the second generation of the Viper, and it offered it into a coupe shape that added more practicality without spoiling the performance.

The Viper was the car that brought back the Dodge brand on the car magazines' front pages. Thanks to it, Chrysler ended the Corvette domination as the American fastest sports car and started a new car culture. It was a true daily driver supercar in the coupe form, just with a truck engine at the front.

Its long, curved hood featured an air scoop in the middle and side vents. The design team drew the lines with a purpose and in a flamboyant style. The fenders were big and featured vents behind the wheels. The duck-tail in the rear was both elegant and useful. Even the two bubbles on the roof, named Guerney-bubbles after the tall racing driver, served to increase the headroom, mostly when racing helmets were used.

Inside, the Viper GTS Coupe featured air-conditioning and roll-down power windows. It was not possible on the first generation, which featured zip-folding side windows and a canvas top not bigger than a handkerchief. The sport-bucket seats were meant to keep its occupants in place during hard cornering. In the back, only the sloped window could have been open to access the trunk, which was large enough.

They said that the car was built around the engine. It might be true since the 450 hp V10 engine was huge. It was cast by Lamborghini, which at that time belonged to Chrysler. There was only one transmission available, a 6-speed manual.

DODGE Viper GTS 1996 - 2002 4 Photos
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DODGE Viper GTS 8.0

ENGINE SPECS  –  8.0
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
7990 cm3
Power
335 KW @ 5200 RPM
455 HP @ 5200 RPM
449 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
490 lb-ft @ 3700 RPM
664 Nm @ 3700 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
180.2 mph (290 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 6 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
335/30 ZR 18
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.7 in (4488 mm)
Width
75.7 in (1923 mm)
Height
47 in (1194 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/60.6 in (1,514/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
96.2 in (2443 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.1 cuFT (258 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3459.6 lbs (1569 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)
Highway
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
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