The 2000 Dodge Viper, which stems from a model that debuted in 1989 at a car show in Detroit, began as a show car. Due to public demand, Chrysler began making a street version, which debuted in 1992. The GTS Coupe started its journey in 1996 with not only a bump in horsepower but a lighter, revised motor than its sister RT/10. Now both come with the upgraded drivetrain.
For those ready to take their cars to the open road and get plenty of speeding tickets, the ACR edition, produced in limited numbers for 2000, offer 10 extra horsepower and lose 60 pounds of curb weight. Most of these only see amateur and semi-professional racing events.
Under the hood, drivers find tubular headers and cast-aluminum intake runners with a bare engine block. It has a deep-skirted design with six-bolt main bearings. The engine for the 2000 Dodge Viper derives from the cast iron Dodge Ram truck engine.
Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Dodge Viper ACR Competition, Dodge Viper GTS, Dodge Viper RT/10
The new 2000 Dodge Viper comes in a new steel gray color. The ACR model also starts new this year, offering additional performance.
The Viper ACR competition models come in a choice of six exterior colors: bright silver, viper black clearcoat, viper red, viper red clearcoat, viper steel gray, and viper steel gray pearlcoat. The GTS model features optional special factory paint. The RT/10 scales back to just three exterior paint options and a standard soft top (with a hardtop roof and Tonneau cover optional).
Look through standard tinted glass and sit on 18-inch alloy wheels. A keyless entry system, an anti-theft alarm system, limited-slip differential, power brakes, a rear window defroster, intermittent windshield wipers, and power exterior mirrors come standard as well.
Exterior specifications measure in at 75.7 inches wide, 47 inches tall, and 176.7 inches long with a wheelbase of 96.2 inches and a curb weight of 3460 pounds. Ground clearance reaches only five inches.
Once inside, enjoy leather bucket seating in black or regal cognac hues. A center console, driver and passenger front airbags, power steering; a leather-trimmed tilt steering wheel, a leather shift knob, power windows and locks, tinted glass, and a tachometer all come standard on the 2000 Dodge Viper. True roadsters appreciate analog gauges and the option of adjusting pedal height. The seats, however, hardly adjust and the car proves quite difficult to enter and exit.
Air-conditioning and an AM/FM/CD audio system provide optional upgrades.
For those who want to go out racing, the full harness option protects you. A three-point harness suffices for daily use. Front headroom in the sport car reaches a generous 36.8 inches, while occupants enjoy 42.6 inches of front legroom and 53.8 inches of front shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Dodge Viper flips easily at high speeds due to a lack of anti-lock brakes and traction control. Power steering, a four-wheel independent suspension, and alloy wheels sum up the suspension and handling package on the car.
Safety features on the 2000 Dodge Viper include an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. The vehicle also features a built-in security system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Viper: 11/19 mpg city/highway
- Exotic car performance
- Imposing looks
- Value price
You Won't Like
- Lacks refinement
- Low-tech design
- Easy to spin
A true bargain for an exotic sports car.
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