The first prototype was tested in January 1989. It debuted in 1991 with two pre production models both for the Indy 500 pace car. The centerpiece of the car was its engine. The Lamborghini Company, then owned by Chrysler Corporation, designed the V-10 for the Viper by recasting the block and heads in an aluminmn alloy, and was based on the Chrysler LA V8 engine. A major contributor to the Viper since the beginning was Dick Winkles, the chief power engineer, who had spent time in Italy. The engine weighs 711 lb and produces 400 bhp at 4600 rpm and 465 lb·ft. The body is a tubular steel frame with resin transfer molding (RTM) fiberglass panels. It has a curb weight of 3,284 lb The car is spartan, although it features inflatable lumbar support and adjustable seats, along with the absence of exterior door handles, the vehicle lacks side windows and a roof. Although a soft top cover was available, it was designed primarily for indoor vehicle storage. Side curtains of fabric and clear plastic operated by zippers can be inserted into the door and hand-bolted when needed. All of these decisions were made to reduce weight. The battery is located in the sealed compartment over the rear wheels to increase rear-end weight and traction. The car shipped with a tonneau cover and video tape on soft-top assembly (the soft top is removable and folds to fit in the trunk). In 1994 the car came for the first time since release with several options available to the buyer. These included air conditioning, adjustable suspension, larger diameter wheels to accommodate larger brakes, and a fiberglass hardtop for the roof. 0-60 mph @ 4.6 sec, 0-100 mph @ 9.2 sec and the quarter mile in 12.9 sec @ 113.8 mph with a top speed of 168 mph. #000632…….This is a stunning example of a 1996 Dodge Viper roadster. Finished in its original and RARE Viper Red, Black leather with Yellow wheels and side markings, 166 Vipers ordered with a red body and yellow wheels, making one of the rarest factory shipped combos produced. The total build production was just 721 units for 1996. This car is world-class, dependable, collectible, wicked FAST, handles like it is on rails and a must for any car-nut. It has had only 2 adult owners and ONLY 20,660 ORIGINAL MILES. The soft top, optional hard top and side windows are included. It has a clear title and a clean car fax. Now on display at the home of “over the top cars” VALUE PRICED AT $49,900
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