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The second generation Viper GTS coupe was introduced in 1996, as the first Viper hardtop. The GTS is a more luxurious car, with added features like glass side windows and exterior door latches. In 1997, the Viper RT/10 was also upgraded to second generation specifications.


The GT2 Viper is a 1998 model and street-legal with a limited-production of only 100 cars. Chrysler built 100 street-legal 1998 GT2 Championship Edition Vipers to publicize the winning achievements of the Viper GTS-R in the1997 FIA GT2 championship and the 1998 24 hours of Le Mans in the GT2 Class.

This makes the GT2 a commemorative edition Viper, dedicated to the GTS-R that won the GT2 class championship. The GT2 package consists of special badging and graphics that include a "Viper GTS-R" banner on the windshield. The GT2 also has unique 18-inch one-piece wheels with a chrome Viper snake head logo on the center caps.

The power rating for the GT2 V10 Viper engine increased from better air intake system components. Specifically, air intake tubes were straightened, the airbox was improved, and low-restriction K&N filters installed. These improvements increased horsepower by 10 to 460 bhp at 5200 rpm and torque also increased by 10 to 500 lb.-ft. at 3600 rpm.

The special edition Dodge Viper ACR was introduced in 1999, as a more powerful, faster and better-handling version of the Viper GTS. The Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) was developed to be street-legal and race ready. The power was increased, while weight was reduced and the Viper's outstanding handling was further improved by the use of Viper GTS-R race suspension
components.

The ACR Viper engine produces 460 hp and 500 ft-lb torque from better breathing air intake system components. The increased power, reduced weight and better suspension components make the ACR a superior Dodge Viper.

Dodge produced a special GTS Final Edition Viper model to commemorate the last 2002 Viper Coupes.

These Final Edition GTS coupes represent the last 360 cars built on the 2002 Dodge Viper platform. They are the first production Vipers to wear Viper red with the dual stone white striped paint scheme. The white over red theme was the same one that carried the Viper GTS-R/T race car to motorsports acclaim with an outright win at the 2000 Daytona 24-hour sports car racing event and consecutive American Le Mans Series manufacturers championships.

The 2002 Final Edition Viper GTS represents the last of the 2nd Generation model Vipers and their victorious race heritage.

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