Few cars in American automotive history stand out as much as the Dodge Viper. From its unapologetic design to its raw performance, it captures the essence of what a true American muscle car should be. It’s a symbol of American prowess, a testament to the idea that there truly is no replacement for displacement.
The second generation Dodge Viper GTS, running from 1996 to 2002, elevated the Viper’s game, introducing a closed roof and an increased emphasis on creature comforts. Despite these concessions to practicality, the 2002 Dodge Viper GTS maintained the raw, visceral, almost primal driving experience that the Viper was famous for. It continued to be a car that wasn’t tamed but managed, its venomous performance providing a thrill like no other. With its monstrous 8.0L V10 under the hood and built to the highest racing standards, it is no wonder the GTS became an icon for generations of gear heads worldwide.
The 2002 Dodge Viper GTS is an exceptional vehicle, a paragon of American muscle cars. It demands respect and reverence for the performance capabilities it possesses, and yet, the modification scene around this beast is buzzing. There’s a certain audacity to modifying something so iconic, yet gear heads thrive on this audaciousness. The vehicle we have today is an example of how these audacious modifications can add to the inherent grandeur of this muscle machine.
About the Model
It all starts with the heart of the beast, the V10 8.0L engine.
V10 8.0L Engine Performance
This naturally aspirated colossus of an engine defines the Viper experience. It produces a whopping 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, with that torque being accessible nearly all the way across the RPM range. It provides the Viper with a level of raw, unfiltered power that few other production cars could hope to match.
Viper GTS ACR, GTS R and Final Edition
Then there were the special editions. The 2002 Dodge Viper GTS ACR took the already intense Viper and pushed it to the next level with enhancements aimed specifically at track performance. The GTS R was a celebration of Viper’s dominance in GT racing, while the 2002 Dodge Viper GTS Final Edition for sale marked the end of the second generation with a special commemorative edition.
Colors and Stripes
The Viper has always been known for its striking colors and classic stripes. Dodge Viper yellow with black stripes is particularly eye-catching, a bold choice that stands out in any crowd. It makes the Viper instantly recognizable, even among a sea of exotic cars.
Over the course of the Viper GTS’s production run, just over 14,000 were made. While this might seem like a relatively large number, it’s important to remember that this includes all the different variations and editions, making each individual variant quite rare.
Let’s take a closer look at the feature car we’re here to discuss today.
Our 2002 Dodge Viper GTS comes with the necessary muscle car modifications to elevate its performance. An installed cold air intake system enhances the car’s breathing, allowing for better performance. The modded Viper also boasts a performance exhaust that not only adds a few extra horses but turns the already aggressive growl of the Viper into an absolute roar.
A Dodge Viper lowered on BC Racing coilovers brings an aggressive stance and a superior handling experience. The car hunkers down on the road, becoming one with the asphalt. It’s a modification that combines aesthetics and performance seamlessly.
The Wheel Deal
This yellow Viper rides on Forgestar F14 rims, a set of wheels that strikes the perfect balance between weight and strength, adorned with BF Goodrich tires which maintain a firm grip on the tarmac.
Exquisite Exterior Modifications
On the outside, an AutoForm TA front splitter and spoiler improve aerodynamics, while a Maxton Designs rear diffuser adds to the car’s stability. Completing the look are Klearz clear turn signal lenses which add to the car’s clean, streamlined appearance.
Specs & Mods:
2002 Dodge Viper GTS 8.0L
in Race Yellow Color
- Forgestar F14 Rims
- BF Goodrich tires
- BC Racing Coilovers
- AutoForm TA front splitter and spoiler
- Maxton Designs rear diffuser
- Klearz clear turn signal lenses
- Cold Air Intake system
- Performance Exhaust
In conclusion, the modified 2002 Dodge Viper GTS is a bold testament to the legacy of American muscle cars. It embodies power, passion, and unapologetic grandeur that only gets better with the audacity of modifications.
|2002 Dodge Viper GTS Specifications|
|Number of cylinders||10|
|Displacement||8.0 liters (488 cu in)|
|Bore and stroke||4.00 x 3.88 inches|
|Horsepower||450 @ 5,200 rpm|
|Torque||490 lb-ft @3,700 rpm|
|Redline||6,000 rpm (6,200 rpm fuel shutoff)|
|Design||90-degree V10, cast aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder liners, aluminum heads and oil pan, forged aluminum pistons with forged steel crankshaft|
|Drivetrain||Transmission: Six-speed manual, fully synchronized, with aluminum housing. Gear ratios: (1st) 2.66:1, (2nd) 1.78:1, (3rd) 1.30:1, (4th) 1:00:1, (5th) 0.74:1, (6th) 0.50:1. Differential: Clutch-type, limited-slip, modified mounting, final drive – 3.07:1|
|Steering||Type: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion. Ratio: 16.7:1. Turns: 2.4 (lock to lock). Turning diameter: 40.5 feet. Maximum turning angle: 28 degrees (road wheel)|
|Wheels and Tires||Front wheel size: 10 inch x 18 inch. Rear wheel size: 13 inch x 18 inch. Tire type: Michelin Pilot Sport high-performance steel belted radials. Front tire size: P275/35ZR18. Rear tire size: P335/30ZR18|
|Suspension||Front: Independent with unequal-length upper and lower cast aluminum control arms, coil-over-shock units. Rear: Independent with unequal-length upper and lower cast aluminum control arms with separate toe link, coil-over- shock units|
*Based on a Dodge Viper 2002 Brochure.
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Automotive journalist and technical writer with more than 10 years of experience. Specialized in aftermarket parts and performance modifications. Loves everything on four wheels and obsessed with modified muscle cars, both classic and modern.