A stunning piece of automotive history, the 1998 Dodge Viper GTS GT2 Championship Edition, is currently up for auction on the renowned automotive auction site BringATrailer.com. This particular model, No. 90 out of 100, was built to commemorate Chrysler’s remarkable victory in the 1997 FIA GT2 championship and their class triumph in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998.
Finished in an elegant Stone White Clearcoat, complemented by distinctive blue stripes, the GT2 Championship Edition boasts a factory aero package that includes a front splitter, ground-effect side skirts, and a fixed rear wing. The projector-style headlights, fog lights, vented hood, and front bumper canards contribute to its aggressive and purposeful appearance. Completing the ensemble are the dual center-exit exhaust outlets and the iconic GTS-R badging, reminding onlookers of this car’s unique lineage.
This Viper GT2 rides on factory-fitted staggered-width 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, a distinguishing feature of the Championship Edition. The wheels are paired with Michelin Pilot SX tires, measuring 275/35 in the front and 335/30 in the rear, offering excellent grip and stability. The four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, adorned with black Viper-branded calipers up front, provide exceptional stopping power.
Inside the cabin, black and blue leather upholstery adorns the bucket seats, with a color-matching dashboard, center console, and door panels adding to the cohesive aesthetic. Noteworthy features include red Oreca racing harnesses, an Alpine CD stereo system, air conditioning, adjustable pedals, power windows, and dual airbags. A plaque on the center console proudly displays the limited edition number, indicating that this car is number 90 of the exclusive 100 Championship Edition examples built.
The leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel frames a set of white-dial instruments, including a 200-mph speedometer and a tachometer with a redline at 6,000 rpm. Atop the center stack, auxiliary gauges for coolant temperature, oil pressure, fuel level, and voltage provide vital information to the driver. The six-digit odometer shows a mere 1,900 miles, with only 100 of those added by the current owner.
Under the long hood lies the legendary 8.0-liter (488 cubic-inch) VIPER OHV V10 engine, boasting a low-restriction air cleaner and delivering an impressive 460 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque in GT2 Championship specification. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential, ensuring exhilarating performance and an unforgettable driving experience.