Usually, when an automotive conversion is taking place, it’s a road car getting tuned up for the track. But every once in a while, there’s a racer that’s so badass, tuning firms have to make it street legal. This is the case with the Dodge Zakspeed-Viper GTS-R by Heurich Classics. Dodge may be working on their new generation Viper, but for many, the second generation is the true calling for the sports car and the 1998 Viper GTS-R was just too good to be left alone.

The 1998 Viper originally belonged to Zakspeed Racing, but was purchased in 2010 by someone who wanted to recreate the Viper in the original design present during the vehicle’s win at the 1999 legendary 24 h at the Nürburgring, and make it street legal. For this, they turned to Heurich Classics, a Germany tuning firm that specializes in maintaining and repairing vintage classics.

Many changes had to take place in order for this classic racer to be turned into a street legal mad machine. The Viper had to get its spoiler cut, its rear diffuser removed, and its side channels rebuilt, as well as its brake system changed. New tires and wheels were special ordered and a new hand brake system with CNC-machined caliper carriers was installed. For the interior, the seats, harness, and glazing were renewed, and new passenger seats were installed. All of the electrical work was also redone. The finishing touch was provided with the traditional colors and livery of the original Hasseroder Viper GTS-R.

After completing the work on the exterior and interior, the tuner turned its focus on the engine. The steering angle had to be increased, the cooling system changed, additional fans installed, engine peripherals modified, and the exhaust system adapted to get the Viper up to code. As a result, the 6.2-liter V8 engine now delivers a total of 600 HP, combined with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox.

  • 1998 Dodge Zakspeed-Viper GTS-R by Heurich Classics
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    Tremec six-speed manual gearbox
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    6200 L
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  (296) posted on 01.13.2012

Wow! This is rocking with a V8 engine with an output of 600 HP. Something that is really fast to drive with. The headlights of this vintage car looks cute, very small and hard to notice.

  (300) posted on 01.9.2012

The engine specification of this car is enough yet not that outstanding. Yellow cars are absolutely cool but only those cars with less designs or stickers. And I don’t like the wheels of this Viper.

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

This vintage really looks cool on its graphics even on its body paint. Anyway, I just noticed that it looks like Chevrolet corvette on its platform, especially on its front design.

  (419) posted on 12.7.2011

Traditional color is really great on this vintage vehicle. Good thing as well that they still use an impressive engine specification on it, which gives me an idea that it is so fun to drive.

  (427) posted on 12.6.2011

It is the perfect tuning vehicle today! smiley its modification is so lovely on this classic muscled sports car. Good thing as well that it has an impressive engine specification which is only right for it.

  (447) posted on 12.6.2011

It looks like an outdated vehicle on its platform and despite that it still looks very appealing and oozing with angst. Good thing as well that it has an impressive and an efficient engine specification.

  (570) posted on 12.1.2011

Yellow body paint really looks so cool with this one, but I just don’t like the graphic design that they used on it. It looks so nasty on that. Anyway, I’m already satisfied with its engine.

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