During the late-1990s, the Dodge Viper GTS-R was a dominant force on the race track. After winning the 1997 FIA GT Championship in the GT2 competition, Dodge decided to celebrate by creating the 1998 Dodge Viper GT2 Championship Edition (commonly referred to as the GTS-R Commemorative Edition). The car was an instant hit, thanks to its iconic Stone White with Viper Blue stripes color combination.
Contrary to popular belief, the car was not built to meet any homologation requirements, as the race car was built first. Only 100 units were produced and due to its popularity, it became a highly regarded collectible in the Viper community.
So what separated the 1998 Dodge Viper GT2 Championship Edition from a standard GTS Coupe?
- GT2 Championship Edition Group
- Front Air Dam & Splitter
- Nose Winglet Aero Plates
- Ground Effect Side Sills
- Tall Rear Spoiler
- Air Cleaner – Low Restriction
- 18-Inch BBS Forged Aluminum Wheels
- Two-Tone Blue and Black Leather Upholstery
- Red Oreca-Logoed 5-Point Racing Harnesses
- Serialized Plaque On Console
Under the hood, the GT2 Championship Edition received the same powertrain that would make its way into the 1999 to 2002 Viper GTS ACR. Rated at 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 500 lb.-ft. (678 N⋅m) of torque, the 8.0-liter (488 cubic-inch) VIPER V-10 was the highest horsepower sports car in America at the time. It was backed by a 6-speed Borg Warner T-56 manual transmission.
With only 1,937 miles on the odometer, this example is listed on the popular automotive auction site BringATrailer.com (BaT). Wearing No. 90/100, this car looks to be an amazing shape.
With an original window sticker of $66,500 for the GTS Coupe, the car added $15,000 for the GT2 Championship Edition package, and adding the $3,700 for Gas Guzzler Tax ($3,000) and Destination Charges ($700), the car totalled for $85,200 in 1998. That is $154,863.28 in today’s money with inflation.
The Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage and lists registration activity in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. A recall was issued in 2002 for the steering and differential frame.
The car will continue to be active on the site until Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 at 1:35 p.m. For more information and a ton of more photos, you can visit the dedicated BaT listing.
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