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A sports car produced by Dodge from 1992-2010 & 2013-2017. Distinctive among American sports cars because of its V-10 engine.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Viper page on 29 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Dodge Viper is a sports car manufactured by Dodge (SRT for 2013 and 2014), a division of American car manufacturer FCA US LLC from 1991 through 2017, having taken a brief hiatus from 2010–2013. Production of the two-seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly Plant in 1991 and moved to Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in October 1995.

Although Chrysler considered ending production because of serious financial problems, on September 14, 2010, chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced and previewed a new model of the Viper for 2012. In 2014, the Viper was named number 10 on the "Most American Cars" list, meaning 75% or more of its parts are manufactured in the U.S.

The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design Center 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 chief engineer Roy Sjoberg was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle.

Sjoberg selected 85 engineers to be "Team Viper", with development beginning 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 fall 1989, with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 engine was first used in the test mule, the V10 engine, which the production car was meant to use, 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 car as the pace vehicle in the Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the car was released to reviewers with the first retail shipments beginning in January 1992.


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1992 Dodge Viper SCCA Race Car Model 1992 SCCA Race Car
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1992 Dodge Viper SCCA Race Car Model 1992 SCCA Race Car
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1992 Dodge Viper SCCA Race Car Model 1992 SCCA Race Car
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Dodge Viper Station Wagon Modified Station Wagon
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Dodge Viper at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
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Dodge Viper at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
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Dodge Viper ACR at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show ACR
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Dodge Viper ACR Model ACR
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Dodge Viper ACR Model ACR
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1998In-depth Vehicle Occupant Report
1998 Dodge Viper
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Bburago 4115Dodge Viper GTS CoupéStreet Fire, 1:43 scale, metallic blue w/white stripes
Die Cast - AUTOart 89823Dodge Viper GTSR1:18 scale, white w/red, yellow and green #55, 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ni Amorim, Gonçalo Gomes, Manuel Mello-Breyner
Die Cast x2 - Road & Track 15085Red DodgesSmall scale, Dodge Viper, Dodge Dakota Sport
Die Cast - Hot Wheels J3253-0916 G12006 Dodge Viper Coupe2006 First Editions, small scale, metallic dark grey
Die Cast - Hot Wheels J3253-091F2006 Dodge Viper Coupe2006 First Editions, small scale, metallic blue w/white stripes, Ultrafast Wheels!


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
16 June 2009Krajzler ponovo pokreće proizvodnju Викивести
25 November 2013America Still Understands The Need For Speed Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
5 September 2014The 2015 Dodge Viper T/A Looks to Set Records with More Power, ACR FeaturesPatrick Rall
30 June 2015Worst to First: Dodge Viper Wins at Watkins Glen Patrick Rall
5 August 2015Enthusiasts, Dodge Execs Don't Want a Hellcat Viper Patrick Rall


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