It's been a while since I've done a Viper article like this. The last time I went on a spree like this I was tackling the fifth-generation Viper dimensions and I did one article on its weight. Now, after went on a Quiz spree, I'm back to doing articles. And I could think of no better way to get back into the swing of things than to write more Viper dimension articles. However, I'll be covering the Gen II. As always, I will be using one source for all the numbers and that source will be Edmunds. Before we get into the other cars, I should inform you that the Gen II Viper coupe is 176.7 inches (or 4,488 mm) long. Ready? Awesome, let's get into it.
8: The Mk IV Toyota Supra
The Mk IV Supra may or may not have been a proper sports car depending on whom you ask, so it's no surprise that it has made an appearance on this list. Without sugar-coating it, the Mk IV Supra is 177.8 inches (or 4,516 mm) long. Not significantly longer, much to my surprise, but it's on this list for a reason.
7: The C5 Chevrolet Corvette
Personally, I'm not surprised here. The C5 always looked longer in my eyes, but we've learned numerous times that there are cars which aren't as long (or short) as they look. The Viper is an excellent example. Enough rambling though, let's get back to the 'Vette.
Again, I'm not at all surprised the C5 is longer. I wasn't expecting it to be 179.7 inches (or 4,564 mm) kind of long. Three and a bit inches isn't significant in the grand scheme of things, but still more than I anticipated.
6: The 2001 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
This one caught me completely off-guard. I one of these generation Mustangs today and I would've sworn up and down that it was shorter than a Viper. It isn't though. Remember what I said about how the Viper is an excellent example of being a rolling optical illusion? This is precisely what I was talking about. The '01 Mustang SVT Cobra is 183.5 inches (or 4,660 mm) long! I just... how!? How is this generation Mustang that much longer than a Viper!? I'll never look at this generation of Mustangs ever again.
5: The Mitsubishi 3000GT
Any of you who read my recent “Stealth vs Viper RT/10” article won't find this a surprise. In fact, you might be wondering why I've included this car at all. There's nothing convoluted about my reasoning and there isn't some big plot-twist. It's just that I've already done the Stealth and now it's the 3000GT's turn. So how long is the 3000GT then? A longer-than-expected 180.3 inches (or 4,579 mm).
4: The Ferrari 456M
A commonly overlooked Ferrari that I'm quite fond of visually, the 456M is the Scaglietti's prettier predecessor. With 442 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the 456M is no slouch by any means. It is on the porky side but you can't really tell from the outside. Another thing you can't tell from the outside is how deceptively long it is. Measuring 187.5 inches (or 4,762 mm) long, this Ferrari is almost as long as some sedans!
3: The Ferrari 550 Maranello.
Another Ferrari that's longer than one would think is the 575M. You would think that the 456M and the 575M would be fairly similar in length but that's true in the slightest. Both cars look shorter than they really are, but the 575M is significantly shorter. The 575M is 179.1 inches (or 4,549 mm) long! If there was ever a time where I wanted to see two cars side-by-side to physically see the difference, it'd be now.
2: The 1993 Nissan 240SX
Against. All. Odds. The Nissan 240SX has SOMEHOW made it onto this list! When I was looking for cars for the last two spots I was adamant this wouldn't make the list. How impossibly wrong I was, for the '93 Nissan 240SX is 178 inches (or 4,521 mm) long! That's just... whaaaat!? Nissan, you have some explaining to do!
1: The 1991 Honda Prelude
Perhaps even more surprising than the 240SX is this car: The third-generation Honda Prelude. I looked up this car before I got to the 240SX and was completely astonished. I was thinking that, surely, there's no way in all the 9 realms this could grace the list. Once again, I was very wrong. The third-gen Prelude has a length of 177.6 inches (or 4,511 mm). Yep, let that one sink in...
Thanks for reading! Which car made you fall out of your seat in disbelief? I have to say the Nissan 240SX amazed me the most. I actually gasped and put my hands over my mouth when I saw the numbers, haha! Anyway, see you soon.