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Watch As A Hellcat Redeye-Swapped 2001 Dodge Viper RT/10 Takes On A 2016 Dodge Viper GTC With Nitrous

TopSpeed logo TopSpeed 11/29/2022 Dimitar Angelov
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Hoonigan’s “This vs That” series is nothing short of bonkers as it brings together some of the craziest vehicles out there. The latest iteration is definitely up there as it pits two venomous snakes against one another - a 2001 Dodge Viper RT/10 with an engine swap takes on a 2016 Viper GTC with nitrous. Regardless of the generation, the Dodge Viper is not known to be a car that forgives driver error. As you can imagine, two Vipers make for a very exciting battle, and the usual 1,000 feet drag race is in order.

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The big V-10 is a large part of what makes the Viper a unique sports car. However, YouTube channel, "throtl" decided to do away with the snake’s distinctive feature and throw in a 6.2-liter, Hellcat Redeye V-8. This means the RT/10 has a 2.7-liter, screw-type supercharger on top helping it make 797 horsepower (595 kilowatts) at 6,300 RPM and 707 pound-feet (959 Nm) at 4,500 RPM.


Purists will surely frown on the fact they have thrown out the 8.0-liter V-10, but really, the power-to-weight ratio has been greatly improved. At 500 pounds (227 kg), the Hellcat Redeye engine is lighter than the 750-pound (340-kg) Viper V-10. At the same time, with only a pulley and injectors, it now makes “about 850” horsepower on E85. Interestingly enough, it was Dodge that commissioned the build for an event. Power still goes to the rear through a T56, six-speed manual.

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Proof That The Viper’s Stock Engine Is A Beast

The new school is represented by a 2016 Dodge Viper GTC. The owner explains that, for the “last call” Viper models, you could mix all the options the way you wanted. This one features a lot of GTS bits along with ACR seats, and apparently, an 18-speaker sound system. More importantly, the 8.4-liter V-10 has been left completely stock, which means 645 horsepower (474 kilowatts) at 6,200 RPM and 600 pound-feet (814 Nm) at 5,000 RPM.

This one also packs a 300-shot of nitrous, so grunt is, supposedly, around 920 horsepower. Power goes to the rear through the stock, six-speed manual. The new car is also 150 pounds (68 kg) lighter, but it’s on street tires while the other one has slicks. We won’t spoil the video, but we can say things got very interesting when the two Vipers go head-to-head.


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