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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This Dodge Viper Packs 1,000 HP and Looks the Part Too


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Love it or hate it, the Dodge Viper has long been a car dead set on outperforming. It boasts one of the biggest engines in the performance car world, top speeds that make pony cars look sluggish, and an unequaled stage presence. 
So how do you out-do a Viper? Simple, with an even nuttier Viper. And here’s a prime example.

When this Dodge Viper SRT-10 rolled off the Conner Avenue assembly lines in 2004, it fashioned an eye-opening 500 horsepower from 8.3-liters of V10. Today, this poison adder terrorizes eBay and it brandishes twice that amount. Heavens above.


The source of that serious performance enhancement comes courtesy of California’s A&C Performance, which ran this Viper through a veritable “best-of” collection of engine mods. The brutish V10 was blueprinted and outfitted with high-performance heads, pistons, rods, fuel injectors, and a punchy camshaft. Then a Paxton centrifugal supercharger, air-to-water intercooler, and methanol injection system were added for good measure.

All told, the engine churns out over 1,000 horsepower at the crank and a usable 936 hp at the wheels, which gets translated to the dirt through the Viper’s T-56 six-speed. For comparison’s sake, that makes it 33 horsepower more powerful than a McLaren P1 hypercar, and just 64 hp shy of the original Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Intimidating neighbors.


A set of Toyo R888 competition tires are on the receiving end of that massive power blast, which wrap four OZ Challenge wheels. Next to them, KW V2 coilover shocks and AP Racing brakes ensure that the Viper SRT-10 stays on its feet.

Blacked-out from head to toe, it’s a seriously looker, eclipsed only by the latest and greatest Vipers of today. Hopefully, just hopefully, we’ll continue to see these V10 snakes for many years to come.