While the Dodge Viper might be gone, the second-generation (GEN II) Viper has started becoming more of a car collector’s must-haves over the past five years. With the push to electrified powertrains, complex traction control systems, and multi-adjustable suspensions, the GEN II Viper is considered to be one of the last pure driver’s machines from an American automaker. With its beautifully sculpted body, no added electronic assists, manual-only transmission offering, and massive 8.0-liter (488 cubic-inch) VIPER V10 engine, that the GEN II has become a popular choice for collectors.
This 2002 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe, recently caught our attention on the popular auction site Bring A Trailer. Despite looking like a Final Edition model (which was Dodge’s farewell to the GEN II, with Viper Red exterior paint and Bright White stripes), this particular model features Bright Silver stripes. While looking exceptionally striking, this car only has just under 3,400 miles on the odometer.
The GTS Coupe itself features large halogen fog lamps, a NACA duct built into the hood, the famed double-bubble roof, a ducktail rear spoiler, dual rear-exiting exhausts, and the GEN II GTS Coupe’s iconic aluminum fuel door located behind the passenger side door.
Under the hood, the massive 8.0-liter VIPER V10 produces 450 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, the V10 is mated to a Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission. With the GTS Coupe weighing in at 3,479 lbs, the combination is good for passes of 0 to 60 mph in about 4.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.2 seconds @ 119.8 mph, depending on how good you can get the car to hook up and shifting abilities.
This car features the stock 18-inch polished wheels wrapped with the original 275/35 front and 335/30 rear Michelin Pilot Sport tires. It also features an alarm system, air conditioning, and an Alpine AM/FM CD head unit with 5 Alpine speakers and a subwoofer. Those creature comforts were never found on the first-generation (GEN I) Viper R/T10.
The seller even has all of the maintenance records, the original window sticker, purchase documents, manufacturer’s literature, and even a VHS promotional tape.
The back of the center console is also signed by Olivier Beretta, the man who was one of the trio of drivers who piloted the Team Oreca #91 Dodge Viper GTS/R to its 2000 24 Hours of Daytona win.
There are still a number of people who say that the GEN II Viper is still the best-looking Viper of them all. Of course, it was this generation of Viper that did inspire the fifth-generation (GEN V) Viper, which may go down as the greatest and fastest manual transmission track car ever produced by an American automobile manufacturer.
To see detailed videos and pictures of the car, or place a bid, visit the car’s auction page. Bidding ends on June 7th.
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