The Dodge Viper is a V10-powered sportscar manufactured by the
Dodge division of the Chrysler Corp. Production of the two seater
supercar in 1992 and moved to its current home in October 1995. The
car, as well as numerous variations of it, have made countless
appearances in TV shows, videogames, movies, and music videos.
Unlike most Dodge models, the Viper is using the snake badge rather
than the conventional Dodge badge.
The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler’s Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Chrysler Design that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra and a clay model was presented to Lutz a few months later. Produced in sheet metal by Metalcrafters, the car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. Public reaction was so enthusiastic that the chief engineer was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle.
He selected 85 engineers to be the “Team Viper” which started in March 1989. The team asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast a prototype aluminum block for the sports car to use in May. The production body was completed in the fall with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 engine was first used in the test model, the V10 was ready in February 1990. Official approval from Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca came in May 1990. One year later, Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production vehicle as the pace car in the Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the car was released to reviewers with first retail shipments beginning in January 1992.
This Viper Roadster has 450 hp and a 6 speed transmission with 490 ft lb torque.
The automotive industry is full of incredibly fascinating tales of what could have been
This is the ninth car in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale collector car auction
The Pick of the Day is a performance car with awesome capability, but handle with care
This is the 24th vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The fantastic first-generation V10-powered super coupe is priced like a used car for now, but it likely won’t be for long
Now that we know Dodge Viper production ends after this model year, the Pick of the Day goes back to the roots of the V10-powered roadster with one of the first-gen models in low-mileage survivor condition.
The Dodge Viper RT/10 first appeared in 1989 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was quickly put into production for the 1992 model year.
Known for performance automotive parts since 1958, Hurst chose to celebrate its golden anniversary in 2008 by creating 50 special-edition Viper coupes and convertibles.
The early 1990s saw the beginning of the true modern era for sports cars.