A coupe model called the GTS was introduced in 1996. 6796 Coupes & 3626 Roadsters (RT/10) have been produced.
Dubbed “double bubble”, the roof featured slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose, taking design cues from the Pete Brock designed Shelby Daytona. The GTS, like its predecessor, was chosen as the pace car for the 1996 Indianapolis 500.
Despite its similar outward appearance, the car was distinct enough to be considered a new generation model.
Differnces with First Gen Viper.
The GTS would come with the same 8.0 liter V-10 engine but power would be increased from 415 to 450 hp in 1997. The ’96 GTS would be the first Viper to be equipped with airbags and also included air conditioning, power windows and door locks.
Extensive modifications included a reworked engine with higher power and less weight, an almost completely redesigned chassis that was made 60 lb (27 kg) lighter and 25% stiffer in torsional rigidity through meticulous computer analysis, a thoroughly redesigned suspension, and reduced braking distances
Along with the updated performance came the inclusion of some of the “luxuries” the car did without before. Dual front airbags were added to the vehicle’s safety equipment list in 1996 on the GTS and 1997 on the RT/10 as mandated by the government. The car was also exported to Europe, where it was rebadged as a Chrysler, and sold under this marque from 1997 to 2003. European models had a detuned version of the Viper V10.
Changes during production
♥ 1997 Dodge Viper Roadster (RT/10) comes with a standard hard-top, though most people had been getting one in previous years anyway. The loud side-pipes that the Dodge Viper Roadster had become known for are now gone, replaced by the quieter rear-exhaust system of the GTS.
New 18″ diameter wheels and tires were introduced in the 1999. Also 1999 saw the introduction of the Cognac Connolly leather interior package.
ABS was introduced in 2001
In 2002, the end of second generation production was celebrated with the release of 360 commemorative “Final Edition” models. These models were painted red with white stripes, paying tribute to the famous race-winning Oreca cars.
Other specs of Secong gen. Viper
- Borg Warner T-56 6-speed manual
- Wheelbase 2,440 mm
- Length 4,490 mm
- Width 1,920 mm
- Height 1,190 mm – Coupe / 1,120 mm – Convertible
Colors available for 2 gen Viper
Gallery of 2 gen Viper
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