One Last Super-Charged Ride In The Legendary Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper has had an extensive history that will never be forgotten. Unfortunately, the end is near for the car as production is expected to cease on the vehicle at the end of the year.

One Last Super-Charged Ride In The Legendary Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper Beginnings Thankfully, we’re going to cover the vehicle and explain some of the reasons why the vehicle was such a hit and will remain in the hearts of many for decades to come. With this being said, here’s a look at the legacy of the Dodge Viper. If you’re unaware of the Dodge Viper is, it’s a legendary sports car that is manufactured by Dodge (which is a division of FCA US LLC. The production of this sports car began in 1991 at New Mack Assembly before it was moved to Conner Avenue Assembly in 1995. This two seat sports car was named as one of the “Most American Cars” because over 75% of its parts were manufactured in the United States.

The Viper was conceived in 1988 at the Chrysler Advanced Design Studios after Chrysler’s then-president Bob Lutz suggested that the company should consider making a follow-up to the Cobra.

After a clay model of the vehicle was presented to Lutz, a concept car was created to appear at the 1989 North American International Auto Show.

The public responded with great interest and Roy Sjoberg was directed to develop the idea as a standard production vehicle. From here, “Team Viper” was created and the devlopment began in March of 1989 and the first retail shipments of the sports car began in January of 1992.

Dodge Viper: The First Generation – The first generation of Vipers debuted in 1991 at the Indianapolis 500. When it was initially released, the Dodge Viper had two pre-production models (as a pace car) since Dodge was forced to substitute it in place of the Dodge Stealth. The reason for the substitution was due to complaints from the United Auto Workers.

So once this conundrum was settled and the vehicle was ready for commercial sale, the first Dodge Viper was presented in 1992 as the RT/10 Roadster. The RT/10 Roadster’s engine was the centerpiece of car and the Lamborghini Company (who was owned by Chrysler at the time) designed the V10 by recasting the heads and block in an aluminum alloy.

The Second Generation of Dodge Vipers – The second generation of Dodge Vipers brought forward major re-designs in 2002. Being courtesy of the Daimler Chryser Street and Racing Technology group, the Viper SRT-10 replaced the previous RT/10 and the GTS models. The featured bodywork that was sharp, angled, and heavily restyled. Other features added to the second generation of Dodge Vipers were improved (and lighter) rigid chassis systems and lighter engines.

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First Brush With Death & Third Generation – The first brush with death came on November 4th of 2009 when the CEO and Dodge Car Brand President Ralph Gilles announced the Viper would cease production in the summer of 2010. However, the decision was quickly reversed in September of 2010 when the Fiat and Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled the 2012 prototype of the new Dodge Viper. Noting that there would be no 2011 Viper, it was explained that the new Viper wasn’t based on anything else and the proportions (compared to previous models) were incredible.

Once the 2012 SRT was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in 2012, it assured the public that the Viper was nowhere near the big parking lot in the sky. Featuring more of the same improvements that somehow made the ride more enjoyable than the previous model, Viper had managed to exceed expectations yet again.

Considering the information above, it’s easy to see why the Viper will remain in the hearts of many for decades to come. Given the innovations with every model and the impact it had on the automobile sporting industry, it’s safe to say that the Dodge Viper will never be forgotten.

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