Viper Magazine Viper of the Year GTS Supercharged Viper V10 719 RWHP 6 Speed
- Paxton-supercharged 8.0 liter V10 / 719 rear wheel horsepower
- High-flow catalytic converters / Billy Boat Performance Exhaust cat-back system
- Borg Warner T56 6-speed manual transmission
- Dana 44 rear axle / 3.07 gears
- Modified suspension / 1 inch (front) and 1.5 inch (rear) lowered ride height
- Factory power steering
- 4-wheel disc brakes
- 19 and 20-inch iForged Astra wheels
- 10,831 miles
- Viper Magazine's 2009 Viper of the Year
The mighty Viper needs no introduction. Over-the-top since day one, America's most dramatic sports car has ALWAYS been about excess and performance above all else. And after four successful years of producing brutal RT/10 roadsters, Dodge introduced the first generation GTS coupe – an offering that upped the super car ante by virtue of classic good looks and raw, Detroit-style muscle. Today, there's still nothing on the road that can compare to a Viper in terms of sheer audaciousness. And with over $19K in mechanical upgrades, this super clean GTS is a downright scary road rocket that produces 719 dyno-proven rear-wheel horsepower. If you're a fan of style, speed, track capability or flat-out wicked performance, here's an opportunity to put the 'you' in 'ultimate sports car'!
The best part about buying this Dodge, a car that claimed Viper Magazine's 2009 Viper of the Year, is the understanding that you're scoring an improved version of an already great car. Visually, the formula consists of a slick, garaged and trailered body that's been limited to roughly 11K miles of sunny day road use. That body was factory-equipped with wet-looking, and predictably named, Viper Black two-stage. That two-stage is a low-key option which, with this much power on tap, definitely plays to the new owner's advantage. And naturally, it all adds up to a showroom-fresh sports car that's free of any notable flaws.
Inspired by Pete Brock's storied Shelby Cobra Daytona, and sporting one of the most unique shapes unleashed on American roads, this GTS looks fantastic from every angle. At the front of the car, a lightly modified air dam hangs a menacing crosshair grille between a smooth chin spoiler, optional fog lamps and HID headlights. At the top of that grille, a monochromatic Viper emblem leads the eye to a ram air hood which features aggressive heat extractors. Behind that hood, factory glass rides between body-matched mirrors, unique door handles, a traditional Monza fuel cap and a classic 'double bubble' roof. At the sides of the car, aggressively sculpted doors and chip-free rockers found clear marker lamps, super wide quarters and bright “VIPER GTS” emblems. And at the back of the car, a body-matched spoiler reflects showroom-fresh tail lights, a stylized bumper and stainless, center-exit exhaust pipes.
Even more outrageous than this coupe's swoopy bodywork is its 8.0 liter, supercharged V10 that twists 719 rear wheel horsepower into 669 lb./ft. of Ferrari slaying torque. 1 of 19 Vipers to receive $19K in performance upgrades from Heffner Performance of Sarasota, Florida, the car comfortably mixes daily driver manners with track day dominance. At the front of the powdercoated mill, a custom-mounted Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger jams air into custom-fabricated intake tubes. That air meets fuel under stock heads and enlarged injectors. That rich air/fuel mixture is compressed by forged, factory-spec internals. Power is optimized by a programmable engine management system that virtually perfects fuel and timing. There's a high-flow air to air intercooler that's complete with ceramic-coated piping. Colder plugs and high quality MoPar Electronic Suppression Cables combine with upgraded fuel and oil lines to ensure adequate spark and circulation. And billet brackets, billet pulleys, billet fuel rails and an aluminum compressor bypass valve add stellar form to everyday function.
Crawl under the car and you'll find a virtually spotless chassis that utilizes a Borg Warner T56 6-speed to spin a Dana 44 limited slip around 1,000 horsepower halfshafts and mild, 3.07 gears. That first class drivetrain rolls on a cast, unequal-length control arm suspension which wraps re-valved Konis, Eibach springs and an aggressive street alignment in a 1 (front) and 1.5 (rear) inch lowered stance. Turns come courtesy of factory power steering. Stops are provided by standard, 4-wheel disc brakes. Spent gases roll from factory manifolds to high-flow catalytic converters and stainless, cat-back pipes that were provided by Billy Boat Performance Exhaust. Power spins new iForged Astras, which wear fresh 275/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sports in front of fresh 325/25ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sports. Everything, from this Dodge's high-torque starter to its race-spec fuel pump is built solid, professionally finished and ready for action. And, in case you're a MoPar purist, the car's factory exhaust system is currently available for purchase.
Like the cars which inspired it, this Viper features a simple black interior that places an emphasis on performance and usability. Front-and-center, comfy seats wrap perforated leather around molds that are designed to keep you in place during the most spirited driving. Between those seats, an industrial console props a Viper-branded shifter between a leather-wrapped emergency brake and switches for factory power windows. Below that console, like-new carpet is flanked by billet GTS foot pedals and thick, Viper-branded floor mats. At the front of that carpet, white-face gauges, which include a slightly optimistic 200 MPH speedometer, keep an eye on the big engine's vitals. Below those gauges, billet-capped climate control buttons look almost as natural as the car's modern Alpine CD player. In front of the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel features a conservative, Viper-branded airbag cover. The tight black headliner on the car's 'double bubble' roof flows into a relatively large storage area. And everything inside this cockpit, from the tilt steering column to the bright courtesy lamps, functions properly and looks great.
Like any responsible car nut, this coupe's owner saved everything related to his muse. Here's a list of the items included with this sinister snake's sale:
* An original Owner's Manual
* Original warranty paperwork
* An official dyno sheet
* Miscellaneous receipts
* Two key fobs
* The car's original wheels (which are fitted with brand new tires)
* The car's original marker lamps
* The car's original climate control knobs
* The car's original shifter
* The car's original oil cap
If you haven't driven a Viper, prepare for a mind-altering experience! This coupe accelerates like an experimental rocket sled. Yet, despite the car's brute power, it's easy to drive, comfortable and relatively docile if you can manage to keep your right foot away from the floorboard. And, rest assured, putting something like this in your garage is about the most fun you can have when it comes to four wheels!
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