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Dodge Viper GTS Coupe (1996-2002)

Dodge Viper GTS 2002Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster was presented to the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1992. Four years later, the coupe version, Dodge Viper GTS, joined the Viper lineup.

The Dodge Viper GTS was seen as catering to a broader customer base than the RT/10. While the Roadster was designed for the aggressive, wind-in-the-hair driver, Dodge Viper GTS Coupe provided the same capacity to exhilarate the senses, but in a more refined manner.

Planners wanted the Coupe to retain the agility of the Roadster in spite of added amenities of a roof and roll-up windows. To get the Coupe weight down to that of the original Roadster, the car went on a weight-reduction program.

While the GTS and the RT/10 look much alike, more than 90 percent of the Dodge Viper Coupe was new. Every major part was subjected to scrutiny with telling effect: the GTS with air conditioning weighed nearly 100 pounds less than the 1994 RT/10 without air conditioning.

Significant changes, introduced on the 1996 Coupe and carried over to the Roadster, reduced weight by 200 pounds. These included an all-aluminum suspension system and re-engineered frame. Other weight reductions were distributed throughout the car. For Dodge Viper GTS, weight reduction was focused in the engine and cooling system where more than 80 pounds were removed.

Dodge Viper GTS Coupe was produced until 2002.