After some impressive gains from intake work in Part 4, we now turn our attention to the opposite side of the engine to improve the evacuation of exhaust gasses as well as reduce the cabin temperature of our notoriously hot viper. For as outlandish and attention grabbing the Viper’s style was, the exhaust note did not have the same head-turning appeal. To remedy this we reached out to our friends at Corsa Performance for their 3” cat-back exhaust to give our viper a more sporty and refined tone. To further boost the volume and greatly knock down the calf-burning side sill heat, we installed a pair of compact Kooks Green Cats which are both environmentally and power friendly.
The Viper’s odd-firing 90-degree V-10 is not an inherently balanced design like an I-6, V12, Flat-6, or V8. This combined with separated side exhaust made the Gen 1 Viper sound far from ‘exotic’, with a 5-cylinder exhaust note that some described as sounding like UPS trucks (which are usually powered by Ford “300” inline 6-cylinders and sound nothing like a Viper to me). The 2nd Gen Vipers had the exhaust routed to the back of the car which resulted in a slightly smoother sound by having the exhaust pulses of all 10 cylinders coming from the same place.
When it comes to a performance exhaust for the Viper, there are a variety of options which they vary greatly in terms of price, quality, and sound. The Corsa Performance exhaust really seems to stand out with its smoother and more refined pitch while delivering one of the quietest cabins with virtually zero drone; a notorious problem for the Gen 2 coupes.
The installation of the cats was going to require some welding and fabrication to connect to the off the shelf cat-back exhaust, so we headed back over to our friends at RareFab in Boynton Beach, Florida – where the majority of Project Viper is worked on.