I already miss the Dodge Viper. It may have been big, brash and basic but there was nothing like listening to that V10 roar. They just don’t make them like that any more. Unless you’re called Calvo Motorsports that is.
The Calvo Motorsports Dodge Viper just appeared in the U.S. at the Drag 965 Pump Gas Invitational in Caddo Mills, Texas. It is a race for performance cars that only use standard gasoline rather than race fuel. It is a true test of tuning as standard gas is a lot lower octane that race fuel.
As the headline says, the Calvo Motorsports Dodge Viper generates a cool 1,607 hp using standard pump gas. Fill it up with full octane race gas and that power output increases to 2,300 hp!
Here’s a video
The General Lee colours probably add a few extra horsepower and a couple extra miles per hour to the performance too.
There are few cars like the Dodge Viper, which is why you rarely see them in any Car Nation Canada forecourt. Even when they were in production they were very sought-after.
The awesome design was one reason for that. The huge hood, panel detailing and vents everywhere, the rear-biased cabin, sloping roof and big rear end all combined to make a very aggressive car. Even when parked, the Viper looks as though it is ready to pounce.
The main attraction was the 8.4-litre V10 engine though. Rated at 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque in standard specification, there were few cars that could touch it on the track. Served by a specially tuned Tremac six speed manual transmission that sent all that power to the rear wheels, it was very fast off the lights.
The cabin was sparse and compact but no more so than many other pure performance cars. You didn’t get all the leather and comfort options that you do in many cars but then you didn’t buy a Viper for comfort.
It is a real shame that the Dodge Viper is no longer in production but it was a product of its time. Now they are rare. If you find yourself hankering after one, inquire at your nearest Car Nation Canada dealership. As official Dodge dealers and specialists in certified used cars, if there is one available we can locate it.