Buckle your five-point harnesses everyone, its time for another Sn210 Maisto!
His highness The Bell King thinks I have some weird obsession with the Viper, so who am I to disappoint? Besides, the only other V10's in my collection are the Audi R8 I used for Car Week and a Kyosho M5 or M6 I have would just been pictures of a plastic cover and two air boxes. So I decided to stay true to my budget minded collection and show off one of the three low-end Vipers in my collection, plus you’ve already seen the other two. Unlike Howhow, I’ve only got these sad, old, cheap Vipers, sorry!
To celebrate its back to back FIA GT2 manufacturer’s championships in ‘97 and ‘98, and its 1-2 class victory at LeMans, Dodge built this special edition Viper to celebrate. Limited to only 100 models, the Viper GT2 was a street Viper with a race suit. They gave the GTS model all of the aero bits of the racing car, plus K&N reworked the intake to bump the power output to 460hp and 500lb feet of classic Viper torque. Interestingly (that’s a word, right?), the reworked intake eliminated the functional NACA duct on the hood, making it only a show piece on the GT2. Other than that, the engine and exhaust were left alone as far as upgrades go.
Those aero bits I mentioned included a carbon fibre rear wing, and a new chin, splitters around the fogs, and unique rocker panels. Sadly, the rear wing was just for show with its factory set-up, but still the car laid down an impressive 4 second 0-60 time.
This Maisto model has got to be one of those quintessential models that every 1/18 collector has had at some point in their life. They’re everywhere. I’ve even seen one in a shop at the Venetian in Vegas with a $135 price sticker on the base (LOL!). For me, it was one of my firsts, purchased at the Exoticar showroom way back in the day. As a teen, this was the ultimate Viper, the OG ACR. The regular GTS was for the plebs.
I think its safe to assume that there’s no special K&N intake under the hood. I honestly don’t know if the NACA duct is sealed or not, that was a fun fact I uncovered after shooting the photos. In all likelihood, it was probably sealed from the get-go.
So there you have it, my Engine Week entry for V10 day. Now please, go enjoy some of the other AutoArts posted today and leave me to play with my Maisto “toys”.
I used this Motor Trend article for most of the info in this write-up