In 1996, the 8.3-liter V10 engine powering the Dodge Viper was rated at 415 horsepower. By comparison, this supercharged 1996 Dodge Viper for sale on Craigslist is fitted with a Paxton blower and makes more than 900 horsepower to the rear wheels on e85 fuel.
To take the comparison one step further, the cheapest 1996 Dodge Viper for sale on Cars.com is a white convertible for $30,995 with 50,175 miles, while the most expensive is a black convertible for $47,500 with just 4,100 miles. The supercharged Dodge Viper in question has an asking price of $50,000 and over 54,000 miles. We’ll chuck the price difference up to the extensive list of modifications the car features, including a forged bottom end, ported head, AEM Infinity 8 stand-alone ECU, twin-disk clutch, and a ton of other upgrades.
If you aren’t buying the car as a collector’s item or simply aren’t interested in the resale value, then why not go for the boosted one with a built motor? Sure, it’s a bigger risk, and it might not have any traction, but isn’t that just amplifying why one buys a Dodge Viper in the first place?
If it were my own money, I’d probably fork over another $15,000 – $20,000 (easy to say when it’s hypothetical) and go for a third-gen Dodge Viper. But that’s just me.
That’s not to say that I wouldn’t absolutely love to drive a 900-horsepower Dodge Viper on a very long (and wide) runway; I just wouldn’t want to own it. To see the listing, click here.