The already powerful 8.0-liter V10 is aided by two Garrett turbochargers.
In a straight line, few cars can hope to match the performance of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the retro-styled muscle car will hurtle off the line with an almighty shriek, as it sends 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
It's an impressive piece of engineering but it lacks the wow factor of the now-discontinued Viper. Introduced in 1991, the first generation was designed to capture the spirit of the much-loved Cobra wrapping its unique attributes in a modern package. With dramatic styling, a powerful 8.0-liter V10, and a featherweight mass, it succeeded.
The original was often criticized for being too unwieldy - something that was rectified with the second generation you see here. This particular example is a 1998 model and, aside from the 18-inch Forgeline wheels, appears to be a perfectly original vehicle. But beneath the curvaceous hood, there lives a monstrous powerplant.
The '98 Viper GTS can never be described as underpowered, with stock outputs of 450 hp and 490 lb-ft. That wasn't enough for the previous owner, who outfitted the Dodge with a Corsa exhaust system, Oliver Racing connecting rods, T&D Machine Products roller rockers, and two Garrett turbochargers.
These modifications have resulted in a monstrous 891 hp and 917 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels via the six-speed manual gearbox. To handle the incredible power, the Viper is said to have been equipped with a Centerforce Performance clutch. The muscular brute is slowed down by four-wheel ventilated discs with Viper-branded calipers.
If you're salivating at this point, you'll be pleased to know this particular Viper is currently being offered on Bring A Trailer at no reserve although, at the time of writing, the highest bid stands at $40,500. That's a lot of horsepower for the money, but those looking for an entirely original Viper won't appreciate the modifications.
It appears the handsome silver paintwork and black stripes aren't original. The seller notes the vehicle has received a respray, along with reupholstered seating. The leather-clad interior may not be factory fitted, but we're not complaining. The cream and black combo looks good and uplifts the otherwise somber cabin. It's certainly not the last word in luxury, but this second-generation example does, at least, have air-conditioning, power windows, and dual airbags.
The aftermarket Forgeline wheels look great. The front set wears 275/35 Michelin Pilot Sport tires while the rear wheels have been wrapped in thick 345/35 Mickey Thompson items for improved tractability - something you'll need with all that power. Prospective owners may be put off by the mileage.
While the odometer has a recorded 21,532 miles, the listing says several inconsistencies have been recorded and, as such, the true mileage is unknown. Still, if you're looking for a massively powerful American icon to play with on the weekends, this could make for a great buy.