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1996 Dodge Viper Review
Luxurious, sporty, and exotic.
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The 1996 Dodge Viper comes in either the GTS, which is a coupe, or the RT/10, which is a convertible. Both body styles come with an eight-liter V-10 that's paired with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The V-10 engine is one outstanding feature since it's capable of an impressive 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque.
Engines: 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Dodge Viper GTS, Dodge Viper RT/10
The 1996 Dodge Viper gets a more powerful V-10 engine in its final year.
The 1996 Dodge Viper comes standard with 17-inch silver alloy wheels and performance tires. A compact alloy spare wheel/tire is also included as a standard feature. Other standard features include body-colored front and rear bumpers, monotone paint, a window grid antenna, spoiler, light tinted windows, and dual manual mirrors. The RT/10 also comes with a manual sunroof.
The 1996 Dodge Viper have front bucket seats, fixed front head restraints, leather upholstery, leather gearshift knob, leather tilting steering wheel, and driver and passenger lumbar support as standard features. Other standard features include a day-night rearview mirrors, center front armrest with storage, glove box, full floor console, two seatback storage pockets, manual air-conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, an in-dash CD changer, a premium amplifier, automatic equalizer, one 12-volt DC power outlet, a driver foot rest, power front windows, and covered floor storage. The GTS also comes with an overhead console with storage, four-way driver and passenger seats, six speakers, and front reading lights. The RT/10 adds a two-way driver and passenger seats and five speakers.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Dodge Viper is equipped with a sport suspension, which is a four-wheel independent suspension. It has coil springs in the rear and front to support the vehicle. Front and rear anti-roll bars are built in to help improve stability when cornering at high speeds. It's equipped with rear-wheel drive and limited slip differential as standard and utilizes rack and pinion steering, while power steering is standard on both models.
The 1996 Dodge Viper has a plethora of safety features; the only thing that is really missing is an option for anti-lock brakes. However, it is equipped with four-wheel disc brakes. Driver and passenger air bags are standard, as are power door locks, remote keyless entry for all doors, and a systems monitor. The standard security system includes ignition disable and a panic alarm. Variable intermittent front windshield wipers, a dome light, front fog lights, under hood light, and a center high mounted stop light are other standard safety features. The GTS also comes with a rear window defroster and also warns the driver when the oil pressure level, battery charge level, or fuel level become unacceptable. Other warnings include when the lights are left on, when the keys are left in the ignition, and when a door is left open.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful engine
- Safety features
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- No anti-lock brakes
- No automatic air-conditioning
Luxurious, sporty, and exotic.
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