2000 Viper New Car Test Drive
The Viper is a no-compromise, take-no-prisoners high-performance sports car. The Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911 are more refined and easier to drive, but they each convey a different image than the Viper. Yet, despite its seriousness of purpose, a dedicated enthusiast could commute to work in this car.
The Viper line has two models, the original Viper RT/10 Roadster ($67,225) and the newer Viper GTS Coupe. The RT/10's inspiration was the Shelby 427 Cobra, while the Coupe is clearly modeled after the Shelby Daytona Coupe.
Base price for the GTS Coupe is $69,725. The test car included the racetrack ready American Club Racing competition package, a $10,000 option that adds 10 horsepower, stiffens the suspension and deletes features such as air conditioning, stereo and fog lights. The $910 comfort group re-adds the A/C and the stereo.