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Dodge Viper GTS

Dodge Viper GTS

Chrysler debuted the first concept Viper in 1989 at the Detroit Motor Show. It was very well received. Two years later a production Viper RT/10 paced the Indy 500 and by 1992 the car was on sale, with buyers lining up. A year later, Chrysler did the same again by debuting a coupe concept of the Viper, and again it hit the spot with potential buyers. The first GTS coupe appeared in 1996 and addressed some of the roadster's shortcomings. It had a roof for a start, and every body panel was new. Virtually new was the engine, with so many components changed for the GTS. Power was up, naturally, but cleverly the weight was down by over 40lb (18kg) due to composite bodywork and all-aluminium suspension. It was surprisingly practical, thanks to the rear hatch/window and generous trunk space. Massive 335/35x17 radials helped put down the enormous torque through rear-wheel drive.

Dodge Viper GTS Specifications

Top speed:179 mph (286 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.7 sec
Engine type:V10
Displacement:488 ci (7,996 cc)
Transmission:6-speed manual
Max power:450 bhp (336 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (663 Nm) @ 3,700 rpm
Weight:3,384 lb (1,538 kg)
Economy:24 mpg (8.5 km/I)
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