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Without even knowing you or what you drive, Im going to tell you that this 2004 Dodge Viper Mamba Supercharged convertible is the fastest car youll ever drive. How do I know this? Well, not only does it pack an 8.0-liter V8, some deranged individual decided to install a Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger to feed it. The result? More power than two tires should be asked to handle. Before we get to the engine upgrades, however, lets take a look at this beautiful Viper. Theres nothing else on the road with the presence of the Viper and everyone knows what it is. Sure, the coupe is a bit more practical, but if youre serious about speed, this nasty black convertible is a great way to do it. Obviously reminiscent of the vintage Cobras, it puts aggression in a whole new category. And like so many of its siblings, this one has seen only fair-weather usage and exemplary care, so its in outstanding condition throughout with the low-hanging front bumper having been repainted recently. That vented hood with intake scoop and heat extractors provides a little added excitement, but with the Vipers already outrageous looks, its only one piece of the puzzle. Its got a few very minor signs of use (who could resist putting this car through its paces?) but its obvious that this car has been someones special toy and there arent many other cars that can generate this much eyeball appeal on the road. And thats before you lean on the throttle! The redesigned Vipers interior got a much-needed makeover that transformed it from uncomfortable as hell but at least its fast to a world-class performance machine. Body-hugging bucket seats with built-in provisions for shoulder harnesses, plenty of real sound-deadening materials, and a full package of comfort and convenience features mean that Dodges Snake is no longer a primitive beast. Those features include ice cold A/C, power windows and locks, a tilt steering wheel, leather upholstery, and an attractive center stack with a full array of white-faced instruments. This one also benefits from an AM/FM/CD stereo, the sounds of which can almost compete with the thundering stereo from the side pipes. Theres also a reasonable trunk and a snug-fitting black canvas convertible top. The only notable modification is the Auto Meter boost gauge atop the steering column, and its awesome to watch it twitch in time with your right foot. The 8.0-liter V10 was already making 505 horsepower, which many folks consider plenty. However, this one is a case where too much is just enough and a glance under the massive hood reveals a neatly detailed engine compartment with a polished aluminum Paxton blower nestled up front in the nose. The installation was professionally done and includes commensurate fuel system upgrades and a computer tune, so it starts, idles, and runs like a factory-issued piece, albeit one with about 50% more horsepower. The big red valve covers and twin-plenum intake still look imposing and if you didnt know better, youd figure that the blower must be OEM, too, simply because of how well it fits. The heavy-duty 6-speed manual gearbox doesnt even blink at the massive torque churning through it and the exhaust system gives it a magnificent exhaust note that has to be heard to be believed. The suspension is still ready for the track, the brakes are the size of trash can lids and use bright red calipers, and forged wheels from a later Viper carry staggered 275/35/18 front and 345/30/19 rear Michelin performance radials. This is one of those cases where even a Viper might be considered a sleeper. Its also rare (#87 out of 200 Mambas built) and surprisingly affordable. Call today!
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