Why The Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway Was A Legendary American Sports Car

Dan Smith

The 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 is an icon in its own right.When I think of America sports carthe Viper is always at the top of the list, regardless of model year - and what makes it so appealing is its masculine proportions. The Ford Mustang may have a stronger legacy, but dodge The Viper was nothing short of a hero car among kids and Hollywood stars who could afford it. You might argue that the Mercedes SL55 AMG is also a man's car. Yes of course, but more family friendly. Not someone who wants to brag about how ridiculously loud their engine is. The Viper RT/10 fits that category. The bumpy hood and his 8.0-liter V10 engine scream another kind of American muscle. Cars that don't mind that bystanders have to wear noise-cancelling headphones as they pass by. RELATED: Why the Dodge Viper RT/10 Became an Insane $50,000 Sports Car

The Dodge RT/10 Callaway Was A Viper Like No Other

Apart from the aluminum 8.0-liter V10 engine, it featured the Callaway 440 Performance Package, which saw a 40 horsepower bump up from the 400 horsepower the standard RT/10 produced. Callaway also worked on improving the exhaust system flow and intake system flow. The 3 Callaway Dodge Vipers were built in New London, Connecticut. In case you're wondering why it has speedway lights, it's because Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, where he was used as his official pace car in 1993, '94 and '95. is.
Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car side view
The Dodge Viper Callaway had a removable soft top and side curtains, plus a handful of dealer-installed accessories like custom Viper GTS stripes, removable speedway lights and custom Viper car covers. This particular Callaway Viper vehicle has only driven 7,918 miles since new. Also signed by Bill 'Maverick' Golden, Harry Gant and Tommy Johnson Jr.

Callaway makes fast cars go even faster

Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car V10 Engine
Callaway has largely focused on improving the engine. For Callaway, the engine is the heart of the car, performance and sound. These guys have state-of-the-art facilities built solely to improve the power, fuel economy and emissions of their vehicles and push them to their limits. From the design and development of DOHC 4V cylinder heads for Aston Martin, or twin-turbocharger conversions for General Motors and Alfa Romeo, Callaway representatives have it all covered.
Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car Dashboard
Whether it's the efficiency and optimization of Range Rover's powertrain, you can rest assured that your job is done. In fact, Land Rover just announced the Callaway Special Edition. Callaway also manufactured turbochargers for the Mazda Speed ​​Protégé series. This indicates that these engineers are willing to take on the work of his OE high performance engine. RELATED: A Detailed Look Back at the 1964 Dodge Dart GT

The Dodge RT/10 Viper car was a ticking bomb

Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car Rear View
The Dodge Viper RT/10 is inherently very different compared to all other American muscle and sports cars. Most muscle cars of the time were built to increase numbers, but the Viper, especially the original RT/10, didn't seem to care. The Viper screams power to overwhelm any V8 engine car. Dodge's development strategy was to make the body out of fiberglass and have the exhaust from his mighty V10 exit through the side pipes.
Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car 6 Speed ​​Manual
It was a handful, so the intimidating nature meant buyers were skeptical. That was to bring in buyers who would sit there and drive and understand what was different. If you don't like it, there was a Ford dealer a few blocks away. Worse than the unsophisticated chassis design and horrible engine was the lack of safety features or even driving aids. That meant I was investing in the fastest box money could buy. The first-generation Viper was a car that didn't seem to care much, and with Callaway throwing in a faster bit, it was more like a ticking bomb.
Red 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Callaway 440 Pace Car Front View
There was no ABS, no traction control, no airbags, no stability control. But what the RT/10 Callaway does is deliver 440 horsepower to the rear wheels and 465 lb-ft of torque paired with his T56 six-speed transmission. The Viper was not a car for the faint of heart. It wasn't meant to be a car for college freshmen to get to prom: the Viper is the most unfiltered, hairy-chested, pure American sport he car, and the Callaway is even more Just added protein his powder. Source: Dodge, Mecum Auctions