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American company unveils convertible Viper

The Prefix Medusa might be given the green light for a short production run if it generates a positive response.

An American company called Prefix Performance Vehicles has published preliminary details about a one-off convertible variant of the newly-renamed Dodge Viper.

Called Medusa, the topless Viper is nearly identical to its hardtop counterpart from the rocker panels up to the belt line. Above that, the Viper's signature double-bubble roof has been neatly chopped off and replaced by a soft top that automatically retracts at the push of a button.

The rear end of the Medusa features subtle modifications such as a longer decklid and a smaller rear window. Prefix says convertible Viper boasts the same amount of cargo space as its regular-production counterpart.

The company has not published pictures of the Medusa's interior, and it has not revealed how much weight the soft top and its associated components add to the Viper.

Prefix has not made any changes under the hood, meaning the Medusa is powered by a stock Viper-sourced 8.4-liter V10 engine that sends 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The topless sports car will be able to reach 60 mph from a stop in a little over three seconds and go on to a top speed of 206 mph.

A full set of details about the Prefix Medusa will be released later today. The convertible might be given the green light for a short production run if it generates a positive response from the Viper community.

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