Originally unveiled as a concept in 1989, the Dodge Viper is one of the longest running sports cars the brand has produced. As it came up for sale in 1992, the 8.0-liter V10-powered coupe represented a truly high performance, road-legal car to carry Dodge’s name for the ‘90s. Built with the engine as a centerpiece, the Viper favored a front-engine, rear wheel drive layout with a six speed manual to place the 8.0-liter engine’s 400 horsepower to the ground. With a tubular, race-inspired steel frame and fiberglass body, the first generation Viper was capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.
The original viper was a rather purpose driven sports car with comfort as an afterthought. Offered as a two door roadster, the soft top that came with the car required driver and passenger to zip it onto the clear plastic side curtains and pin it in manually.
In 1996, a roadster GTS version of the Viper was introduced as the second generation, or Phase II-SR, of the model. In this new and improved version, the V10 retained its 8.0-liter displacement, but upped its horsepower to 415. Like its predecessor, the GTS was chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 that year. As an extension of the Viper’s second generation, the GTS RT/10 edition was offered from 1998 to 2002 as a track ready road car, with further horsepower improvements and weight saving efforts.
In 2003, the Viper underwent a massive redesign and facelift, bringing the snake into the next decade. With an improved and lighter chassis and modifications from the Street Racing Technology group, or SRT, the Viper got an upgrade to 500 hp to keep up with competition.
Since then, the fourth and fifth generations have followed with overhauls, suspension improvements and power increases, still keeping it a strong contender in the sports car group. With the length of the Viper’s production run, many special editions and trim lines have followed, such as the Viper TA or Time Attack option, a $16,000 limited package that adds additional aerodynamic improvements, carbon fiber replacements for heavier steel or aluminum components, and strengthening and bracing to improve the car’s rigidity under its new top speed of 193 mph.
For those of you interested in purchasing a Dodge Viper, we have a limited number listed for sale with various options and trim levels. Should you come across a Dodge Viper posting where the price is not listed, please contact the dealer or one of our representatives for the cost and more information.