One of the most legendary cars produced under the Dodge brand is the Viper, a sports car that is a favorite of all Americans. Its design was initially developed in 1988 at Chrysler Advanced Design Studios, and the goal was to produce a car that could be considered a contemporary Cobra. By the time the 1989 North American International Auto Show rolled around, the car debuted and audiences went wild for it. Public demand for it to become a standard production model became so fervent that Chrysler relented and began planning to put the Viper on the road in March 1989.
After developing a number of prototypes, the Dodge Viper was finally released to the public in early 1992. It has always had a reputation for being difficult for unskilled drivers to control at high speeds, and interior components have been criticized by some. of the Viper, but he is well loved regardless. Since the early days of Viper, the continuation of its production has been questioned. 2017 marks the last year the Dodge Viper will be produced and plans to close the plant where it is produced have already been consolidated. Since this famous model may finally come to an end, here’s a look at the evolution and future of the Dodge Viper.
First generation, 1992-1995
After years of development, Dodge released the first Viper prototype in early 1989. It debuted to the public in 1991 in a big way as the Indianapolis 500 Safety Car and was available for sale in 1992 as the RT / 10 Roadster. . While many were captivated by the car’s profile and styling, the most notable thing about the first Viper was its engine. Having a Lamborghini-designed V10 engine brought new prestige and exotic flair to the American model.
As for the exterior of the first-gen Viper, it set the tone for the image that most have when they think of the car. It had no side windows or door handles on the outside, all for the purpose of reducing the weight of the car. The two-door roadster also didn’t have a roof, but it did come with a cover and video instructions on how to use the removable soft top and how to place it in the trunk when not in use.
The model performed impressive from the start and could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, and went from 0 to 100 mph in 9.2 seconds. In the early 1990s, those numbers caught attention and made it a car on many enthusiasts’ most wanted lists.
Second generation, 2003-2007
So many features and characteristics from the first iteration of the Viper carried over to the second generation of the model that many fans called phase two “Generation 1.5”. A key difference was the relocation of the side exhaust pipes, which became a single muffler. With less back pressure, this increased the Viper’s stopping power to 415. Also, instead of having a soft top, the second generation Viper was fitted with a sliding glass window, removable hardtop, and reduced weight thanks to the replacement of some of its components of steel with aluminum.
Later came the Dodger Viper GTS, also known as the double bubble because of the appearance of its roof. Eventually, more enhancements and colors were issued for the Viper during its second generation, including a major redesign. These changes improved the performance of the car a bit and made it safer. During its second phase, the Dodge Viper could go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 8.6 seconds.
Third generation, 2013-2017
In the fall of 2010 it was announced that there would be no 2011 Dodge Viper, and a prototype was revealed that would launch in 2012. This immediately got to talking about the future of the car and what would happen to the line. The rumors escalated when executives at Chrysler Group and Fiat wondered what changes would come with the next generation Viper.
Although some criticized the differences made and felt that the car was losing its trademark character, most of the public were impressed with its styling and redesign. Beginning in 2012, Viper production moved to the Conner Avenue plant in Detroit, and the entire third generation was manufactured there. 2015 saw the debut of the Dodge Viper GTC, which could be customized in 24,000 hand-painted stripe options, a selection of 8,000 colors, 16 finishes, 10 wheel designs, and 6 aerodynamic options. To handle the custom GTC, the Viper Concierge program was introduced.
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