Top Ten Viper Engine-Powered Rides

Seeing the twin-turbocharged Viper V10 engine-powered Mustang the other day made us think about other cool Viper-powered rides out there. We've compiled a list of the ten best 10-cylinder beasts below. » 12/16/08 3:00pm 12/16/08 3:00pm

Jaguar XJS

We’re really not sure what was happening the moment the guys at Hesco Inc. decided to put a Viper crate motor into a mint, 14k original mile, V12 Jaguar XJS, but we’re betting it had something to do with mass quantities of booze. They purchased an 8.0L V10 from the Mopar catalog and from the looks of it, leisurely… » 12/16/08 2:26pm 12/16/08 2:26pm

Dodge Ram VTS

Released in 1996, the Dodge Ram VTS Concept was merely a design study featuring Viper GTS-inspired bumpers, mirrors, 17-inch wheels, Blue Paint, dual white stripes and Viper GTS sourced 415bhp V10. While we never got to see a Viper powered Ram in this generation, it paved the way for the 500bhp Ram SRT10 that… » 12/16/08 2:25pm 12/16/08 2:25pm

Dodge Sidewinder Concept

The Dodge Sidewinder Concept was built for the ’97 Sema show to explore the design language for the next-gen Dakota pickup truck and featured a 604bhp Viper GTS-R race motor under its bright orange clamshell hood. If you squint your eyes, you can almost see the Chevy SSR in its design, a similarity we’re sure isn’t… » 12/16/08 2:24pm 12/16/08 2:24pm

Dodge Tomahawk Concept

At the 2003 Detroit Auto Show, Dodge surprised and impressed the world with its 4-wheeled, 500bhp, Viper V10 powered motorcycle. While we doubt it’ll reach its claimed top speed of 350mph, we want to believe this is what Batman would be cruising around on instead of that goofy Batpod bike that he had in Dark Knight.… » 12/16/08 2:24pm 12/16/08 2:24pm


In what should have been a hint to NBC on why not to produce a new Knight Rider series, the Viper TV show was just slightly cooler by featuring a morphing ’92 Dodge Viper. Set in the “near future,” an elite government taskforce used the Viper as a front for the much badder-ass silver Defender. Designed and built by… » 12/16/08 2:23pm 12/16/08 2:23pm


Unveiled at the 50th anniversary party for Hot Rod magazine, designed by Chip Foose and built by Troy Trepanier, the Sniper was introduced as the “crowning achievement of fifty years of Hot Rodding.” The Sniper started its life as a 1954 Plymouth Belvedere “Savoy” convertible and was radically modified with the help… » 12/16/08 2:22pm 12/16/08 2:22pm

1962 Jeep CJ-7

A 1962 Jeep CJ-7 wouldn’t be our first thought when trying to find a donor vehicle for a Viper V10, but we’re sure glad this guy did. The CJ-7 body panels were replaced with aluminum pieces and the suspension was revamped to harness the power of the V10 beast under the hood. We’re sure this would make for an… » 12/16/08 2:22pm 12/16/08 2:22pm

Bristol Fighter T

We never claimed it was beautiful when we first showed you the “batshit-mad,” Viper-powered Bristol Fighter T in 2006. Using twin-turbos and twin intercoolers attached to the 8.0-liter V10, the Bristol makes an astonishing 1,012 bhp and 1,036 lb.-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The Bristol uses this power to reach 60 mph in… » 12/16/08 2:21pm 12/16/08 2:21pm

Velocity 360 Twin 8.3L V10

We’re all about giving you more, so we couldn’t end this list with a PT Cruiser. As a bonus, take a peak at one of Velocity PowerBoats Twin 8.3L Viper powered boats. The 8.3L V10s are prepped for marine use and produce a combined 1300 horsepower, more than enough to travel over 90 mph on the water. » 12/16/08 2:20pm 12/16/08 2:20pm

Decoma PT/10

Here's the ultimate in sleeper transportation and the top in our list for baddest-asp Viper powered rides. As you all know, here at Jalopnik, we love anything El Camino or anything that’s been El Camino-ized and when you mix it with a 500bhp Viper V10; how can you go wrong? While we admit, it’s still a PT Cruiser, we… » 12/16/08 2:18pm 12/16/08 2:18pm

1970 Six-Shooter Barracuda

What appears to be a 1970 Barracuda with a simple Viper motor swap is actually a heavily modified Viper ACR chassis with a ‘Cuda body laid on top. The Time Machines built Six-Shooter retains the Vipers donor chassis, suspension, brakes, a Paxton-supercharged 650 bhp V10 and the Viper interior was also installed. This… » 12/16/08 2:18pm 12/16/08 2:18pm