The Dodge Viper keeps a very special place in the world of performance and sports vehicles and in the hearts of auto enthusiasts. When the first generation of the model went into production in 1991, it became a sensation on the market with its monstrous V10 naturally aspirated engine and impressive performance. The final model year for the Viper was 2017, though examples of the vehicle were still available at the dealers a few years later.
There’s no better way to celebrate the life of one of the greatest sports cars in history than a drag race between two Vipers. This is no ordinary race, however – or, rather, the two competitors are far from being standard factory Vipers. The video at the top of this page comes from the Hoonigan channel on YouTube and shows us two very capable machines going against each other.
Gallery: Second-Generation Dodge Viper (1996-2002)
The red machine is a 2001 Dodge Viper, which means it is from the second generation of the model. This was a heavily updated version of the original Viper with the same 8.0-litre V10 engine under the bonnet. This particular example, however, doesn’t have the V10 and instead, there’s a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet. The engine comes from a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and has 850 bhp (625 kilowatts) after minor modifications. The power is channelled to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Against it is a much newer 2016 Dodge Viper GTC. It has its stock 8.4-litre V10 mill, which has been modified to deliver more than 900 bhp (662 kW). Again, the power reaches exclusively the rear wheels via a six-speed three-pedal transmission. The red car weighs 3,500 pounds (1,587 kilograms), while the white one tips the scales at 3,350 lbs (1,519 kg).
As you can easily tell by the numbers, these cars are very well prepared for drag racing. But which one is quicker of the line? The video here contains three rounds of drag racing – see for yourself which one got the overall win.