Craving a Viper convertible? The Prefix Medusa is for you

Prefix Medusa Viper convertible
The current-generation SRT (soon to be Dodge, again) Viper carries on the tradition of its predecessors, but there’s one thing missing.

Chrysler hasn’t gotten around to making a new Viper convertible, so a company called Prefix Performance Vehicles has decided to fill the gap.

In keeping with the snake theme, Prefix’s Viper convertible is named Medusa. It features an automatically-folding soft top that doesn’t impact what little cargo space the stock Viper has, according to the company.

More importantly, the conversion doesn’t look like an improvised hack job. The top folds neatly into a nearly-flush tonneau behind the seats, and the roofless profile is nice and sleek.

Other than the convertible top, the Medusa is a stock Viper, with the same 8.4-liter V10 sending 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Prefix Medusa Viper convertiblePrefix didn’t say how much weight the conversion adds, but performance should be fairly close to the hardtop Viper’s 0 to 60 mph time of around 3.0 seconds and top speed of 206 mph.

Prefix says the Medusa will be built in “limited quantities,” but an actual number wasn’t specified. Each car will cost $35,000, on top of the cost of a stock Viper donor car.

Meanwhile, Chrysler itself seems to be doing the reverse of what it did with the previous-generation Viper, which debuted as a convertible for the 2003 model year, but didn’t get a coupe version until 2006.

Prefix isn’t the first aftermarket company to chop a top an OEM didn’t want to. Hardtop-only models from the Nissan GT-R to the Tesla Model S have been offered up for this cosmetic surgery in the past.

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