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Dodge to Produce Viper Coupe for Racing

23 August 2001

Dodge unveiled the next chapter in the Dodge Viper racing legacy, the new Viper Competition Coupe

In August 1995, Dodge unveiled an extraordinary racing coupe that would ultimately make an historic mark on the world's motorsports stage. The Dodge Viper GTS-R was the answer to enthusiasts and competitors who asked if a racing version of the amazing Viper RT/10 was in the works.

""We knew when we introduced the GTS-R race car that it was ambitious, yet extremely logical,"" said Jim Julow, Vice President, Dodge Global Brand Center. ""We set out to develop a history and tradition for our brand's performance icon that would cast a halo over every racing endeavor, and every car and truck we built. ""The Dodge Viper has exceeded our highest goals for what an American sports car should be. But as we turn the page and herald the arrival of the third chapter in the car's history -- the 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10 Convertible -- we can't lose sight of the heritage this car has built. And with that, we introduce a new generation of Dodge Viper racing car, the Competition Coupe.""

With a coupe-shaped composite body based largely on the Dodge Viper GTS/R concept car shown at the 2000 North American International Auto Show, and a track-ready chassis based on the new 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10 convertible, this new car should emerge as a serious competitor from the first lap. Dodge officials expect to build 25 cars in the first year, but have the ability to expand production as demand grows.






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