Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
New Viper - 0-400m in 11.8sec
For sore eyes only
First Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2001 By CHRIS GABLE
Chrysler has started taking orders in the US for the even-more-brutal Competition Coupe version
of its Dodge Viper ... but only experienced race
drivers need apply.
For now, Chrysler is releasing only estimates of the Viper Competition Coupe's power, torque and performance. However, those estimates are a sight
for sore eyes to anyone with even a passing interest in potent cars.
Try around 390kW and 730Nm from the 8.3-litre aluminium V10. Then focus on 0-100km/h acceleration in about 3.9 seconds, 0-160km/h in 9.2sec and 0-400m in 11.8sec. At the end of the 400m, the thing is said to reach almost
200km/h. Top speed is 309km/h.
Because it is a race-only model that can't be street registered, braking capability is equally impressive. From 100km/h the Viper Competition Coupe is said to stop in just 27 metres. Lateral acceleration is 1.25g.
The car comes with full racing exhaust system, fuel cell, lexan rear window and wind tunnel-toned aerodynamics, including rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser and partial underway.
Chrysler says it will build only about 25 Competition Coupes a year, and would-be buyers have been asked to stump up a certified deposit of
$US20,000 ($A38,755) towards the $US100,000 ($A193,780) full ticket.
Production doesn't even start until late next year.
To join the queue, prospective buyers must also show evidence of intent to actually race the car, along with their current racing licenses.
The Competition Coupe isn't intended to replace the three-time Le Mans GTS Class-winning Viper GTS-R, and Chrysler says it is instead a grass roots-level race car based on the underpinnings of the 2003 Dodge Viper Convertible.
However, standard equipment in this particular Viper includes a full roll cage, window net, fire-suppression system, six-point harness, differential cooler and ducted brakes.
The Competition Coupe was officially unveiled in August, this year.
"It's no exaggeration to say customers began lining up the minute we pulled the cover off the new Viper Competition Coupe," said Jim Julow, Vice
President, Dodge Global Brand Centre. "We received an immediate response among the Viper owners and grass roots racers.
"When we introduced the new 2003 Viper Convertible, they [owners and racers] were the ones who asked for a version that they could race
competitively on the weekends."
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.