By Patrick Rall
We all love the Viper but when I came across this older video of a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 powered by a Cummins Turbo Diesel outrunning a 2nd generation Dodge Viper GTS – it was just too good to pass up for this week’s Black Friday feature.
The video below shows a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 powered by a Cummins Turbo Diesel engine fitted with twin turbochargers, a built transmission, a high performance camshaft setup and a nitrous package – enough to hurdle this heavy hauler through the quarter mile in just 11.546 seconds. That is a quick pickup but to help illustrate just how quick, this classic video shows this particular CTD Ram comfortable outrunning a Dodge Viper GTS.
If you watch the start of the video closely, you can see that the Viper GTS actually gets out first but the modded up diesel Ram three quarter ton pickup quickly passes the Mopar supercar and pulls away. Figure that a stock 2g Viper coupe should run anywhere in the high 12 to low 13 second range so this heavily built Ram is likely racing a stock or near-stock Viper but that doesn’t make this heavy duty pickup any less impressive. Stock or not, the Viper was left driving through a cloud of diesel soot as the big Ram rocketed away to a mid 11 second win.