Most people would be rather content with the rarity of the standard Dodge Viper. With roughly 24,000 units made world-wide between all its model years, it is hardly a common sight.
It’s performance will also please most people. The original 1992 Viper made 400-hp, and over the years that figure raised to 600-hp. Considering these fiberglass bodied supercars weren’t exactly heavy, any Viper is a seriously fast machine. But there’s always room for improvements.
That is exactly what ASC (American Specialty Cars) and McLaren Performance Technologies (not to be confused with the McLaren Formula One team) set out to do, to improve on one of the fastest street cars ever made.
The collaborative effort resulted in the Viper Diamondback, a mostly carbon-fiber bodied Viper coupe with a tuned motor. This car made its debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Diamondback was 1.25-inches lower, and 85-lbs. lighter than the standard Viper coupe. Also, the standard Viper coupe at the time produced 510-hp. McLaren Performance Technologies massaged the 8.4-liter, V10 motor by giving it a unique in-hood trumpeted air intake system with individual port throttle bodies, resulting in 615-hp. This Viper Diamondback is claimed to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Thanks to custom stainless-steel quad-outlet exhausts, it should sound pretty good also while accelerating away.
This one-off project car reportedly cost $750,000 to make. Now this car is up for sale in Fresno, CA. and asking a much more reasonable $249,000. That is still a lot of money for a Viper, but exclusivity does come with a premium price tag. Owning a one-off Viper will certainly make you King of the snake-pit at any Viper gathering.
Gallery: ASC McLaren Dodge Viper
[Source: Dodge Vipers For Sale]