This is probably why my data is wrong.(it is the wiki so)
Although the 1996 model year
is the beginning of the second generation, in the Viper community, the 1996 model of the RT/10 is sometimes referred to as "Generation 1.5" since it saw the carryover of many first-generation parts during the model year while transitioning to second-generation parts. The roadster
relocated the exposed side exhaust pipes
to a single muffler
at the rear exiting via two large central tailpipes
during the middle of the model year, which reduced back pressure, and therefore increased the power to 415 hp (309 kW; 421 PS). Torque
would also increase by 23 lb⋅ft (31 N⋅m) to 488 lb⋅ft (662 N⋅m). A removable hardtop
was now available along with a sliding glass window. Some steel suspension
components were replaced by aluminum, resulting in a 60 lb (27 kg) weight reduction.
Later in the 1996 model year, Dodge introduced the Viper GTS, a new coupé
version of the Viper RT/10. Dubbed the “double bubble”, the roof featured slightly raised sections that looked like bubbles to accommodate the usage of helmets and taking design cues from the Shelby Daytona
designed by Pete Brock
More than 90% of the GTS was new in comparison to the RT/10 despite similar looks. The GTS would come with the same 7,990 cc (8.0 L; 487.6 cu in) V10
but power would be increased to 450 hp (336 kW; 456 PS) at 5,200 rpm and 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m) of torque at 3,700 rpm.
The 1996 GTS would be the first Viper to be equipped with airbags
and also included air conditioning
, power windows
and power door locks
as standard equipment.
The Viper GTS would be chosen as the pace car
for the 1996 Indianapolis 500