|Dodge Sharpens Fangs of Viper GTS |
limited-edition Viper GTS, built to commemorate the company's FIA
championship in GT2 last season, goes on sale in August. This GT2
Championship Edition Viper is not just a decal job. Horsepower has been
increased to 460 bhp at 5200 rpm, up 10 from the stock GTS. Torque is
increased to 500 lb.-ft. from 490. The peak occurs at 3600 rpm, 100 revs
lower than stock.
John Fernandez, who
oversees the Viper racing program, said the improvements in output were
obtained by using a different air filter element produced by K&N as
well as using smooth instead of corrugated tubes to direct air from the
air dam to the airbox. "We get more air into the engine," Fernandez
explained. "This package is not just cosmetic."
The car looks like
the GT2 race car with a full aero package that includes a front splitter,
side splitters and a carbon-fiber rear wing similar to that used on the
first GT2 racers. "We set the wing for a zero angle of attack since this
package is primarily designed to be used on the streets," Fernandez
In addition to the aero kit, the GT2 edition rides on 18-in.
BBS alloy wheels similar to the ones used on the race cars. The Michelin
MMX3 tires are the same compound and construction as those mounted to the
stock car's 17-in. wheels.
The interior is black with blue accents
on the door
inserts, seatback bolsters, center console and parking
brake. Blue stitching is also used on the leather-wrapped steering wheel
and shift knob. A five-point harness with 3-in.-wide straps is standard
(and detachable, allowing use of the stock three-point harness for street
Only 100 cars, each with a numbered dash plaque, will be
built as 1998 models. The price is $85,200, a $15,000 premium over the
Viper GTS Coupe.