Dodge Viper: 1996-2002, 2nd generation

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Second generation Dodge Viper GTS had minor face-lift, but the most noticeable feature was its roof which was slightly dubbed in both sides to accommodate helmets. Besides face-lift the new Viper lost some weight and gained more power – 7.9 liter V10, 1996 RT/10 – 415 HP, GTS – 450 HP. The chassis was almost completely redesigned – it got stiffer and lighter too. The transmission was 6-speed manual. Due to these changes Viper became a bit better in aerodynamics and had better lateral grip. The weak point was the lack of ABS system. Due to performance research Dodge’s snake was better than Ferrari, Corvette, 911 and NSX, but ABS absence pushed Viper down in the list. Later, in 2002, ABS was added into production, but brakes hadn’t been improved significantly.
Dual front air bags  were added in 1996 and when exported to Europe Dodge was rebadged as Chrysler and was sold so in 1997-2003 period. The 1999 model got 18-inch wheels, leathter interior package [Cognac Connolly]. Later model featured lighter pistons, improved exhaust and the already mentioned ABS system. The last generation year, 2002, was celebrated by introducing 360-unit limited edition called “Final Edition“. FE were painted red with white dual stripes in order to remember the famous winners – Oreca cars.

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