The Dodge Viper is a sports car produced by Dodge (by SRT for 2013 and 2014), a division of the American automaker FCA US LLC, from 1992 to 2017, with a brief hiatus in 2007 and 2010-2012. The two-seat supercar was first produced at the New Mack Assembly Plant in 1991 and then moved to the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in October 1995.
Although Chrysler was considering stopping production due to major financial difficulties, then-CEO Sergio Marchionne announced and previewed a new Viper model on September 14, 2010. , which indicates that at least 75% of the components are made in the United States. After 26 years of production, the Viper was finally phased out in 2017.
The road to the very beginning: the spectacular evolution of the Dodge Viper through several generations
The Dodge Viper made its debut in 1991. It wasn’t until 2017 that Chrysler’s production was halted due to low sales and non-compliance with safety regulations. When the Viper originally came out, it wasn’t the most comfortable car to drive, but it had enough power to compensate. The Viper improved its comfort and performance over the generations.
The first generation of the Dodge Viper debuted in 1991, although it was not available to the public due to Chrysler’s decision. Instead, two pre-production vehicles were used as pacecars for the Indianapolis 500. The Viper wasn’t to be released until 1992, but after United Auto Workers protested the Japanese-built Dodge Stealth being used as a pacecar, Chrysler had no choice but to step on the American-built Dodge Viper. After its debut, the Viper concept attracted a lot of attention and completed vehicles arrived in dealer showrooms in 1992. The Dodge Vipers SR1 series made their public debut at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show, with the RT/10 being the model’s official name.
The code name “SR II” was given to the second generation, which debuted in 1996. This new Viper was redesigned and updated for six years. He also got extra power because it was a Viper. The RT/10 was retained as the model name. The potentially dangerous side tailpipes were still there in the original model offered in 1996, but they were gone by the middle of the year. At the rear of the car, they were replaced by a single muffler. The back pressure of the car was reduced as the muffler exited through two central exhaust pipes, increasing power. This mid-year model has 488 pound-feet of torque and 410 horsepower.
Dodge replaced the old RT/10 with an all-new Viper SRT-10 in 2003. The Viper crew extensively restyled the SRT-10 to differentiate it from the previous two generations. It had a significantly more sloping body, giving it a more angular appearance. In addition, the crew reduced the weight of the chassis and increased its rigidity. Initially, the SRT-10 was only available in a two-door convertible and with a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission.
The fourth generation Dodge Vipers debuted in 2008. The ZB II was the designation for the new generation, which included several new features and changes. A vented hood over the front of the car was one of the major design changes of the rejuvenated SRT-10. Apart from this exterior change, the exterior of the car has not undergone many changes as most of the redesign elements were mechanical.
In 2013, the fifth generation Dodge Viper was released, with more power and the return of the GTS. The GTS or the SRT Viper were the options for buyers. Of course, there were significant differences between the two models, the most notable of which was that the SRT had two functional hood vents, while the GTS had six. The 2017 model year ended the fifth generation of the Dodge Viper.
The 2017 Dodge Viper: a sports car that embodies high performance
The Viper’s body wrinkles with musculature, and there are some menacing vents and inlets drawn along its low-slung body. With touchscreen interfaces and aromatic Ferrari-esque leather seats, the terrifying supercar elements meet a cockpit best placed in a Viper.
Since a boost of 5 horsepower for the 2015 model year, the Viper’s sole powerplant has remained unchanged. It’s a massive 8.4-liter V-10 with 645 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. The massive 600 pound-feet of torque delivered by this naturally aspirated sports car is the most of any naturally aspirated sports cars in the world. 0-60 mph runs take about three seconds; quarter miles are covered in the low teams; 0-100 mph is completed in less than 12 seconds; and top speed ranges from 177 to 206 mph, depending on how much aero is added.
The 2017 Dodge Viper (in SRT form) has a top speed of 206 mph, while the ACR variant has a top speed of 177 mph. According to Dodge, the zero to sixty times for all 2017 Dodge Vipers are in the middle of the three seconds. We timed a 2016 Viper ACR during testing at 3.4 to 3.5 seconds, depending on whether it was in street or track mode.
Source: AutoBlog, SuperCars, CarAndDriver.