The Dodge Viper GTS wasn’t just a Viper with an impressive roof. About 90 percent of the car was all new. Inspired by the 60s Cobra Daytona Coupe racers, the GTS sweeping double bubble roofline gave a much batter drag factor too, helping to push the top speed up to over 180 mph. There was a bigger front spoiler with NACA intake, and louvers to stop air pressure building up. Inside the facia was all new, with the speedo and rev counter closer together and the inevitable air bag where the glove compartment was on the open topped version. However, what you lost in the glove box you more than gained in the boot. For the first time Viper had a luggage compartment, now accessed through a glass rear panel, and what’s more, it was big enough to hold two or three large cases. Best of all, the GTS had an improved, lighter V10 engine with an extra 35 bhp and 10 extra lb/ ft of torque thanks to reworked heads and block. All this was slotted into a car that was actually lighter than the roadster by 27 kg, despite the added weight of the glass and the roof.
Though still a challenging drive, improvements to the suspension had produced a car that was just that little bit more forgiving in the hands of a novice, though the razor sharp steering and strong brakes remained. Never a car for the shrinking violet, the Viper driver could at least now pose in all weathers in a car that was much more usable day to day.