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RIP Dodge Viper
Published 08/22/2017

Production Of the Iconic Dodge Viper Ends


The first Dodge Viper prototype was tested in January 1989 and the first pre production models debuted at the Indianapolis 500 in 1991.

The Dodge Viper was manufactured on and off during its production at the Chrysler Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit Michigan.
After debuting as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in 1989 public reation was so great for this car that Dodge chief engineer Roy Sjoberg assigned 85 engineers and designers to develop the car for production.

Lee Iacocca gave it the green light in May 1990 and the car entered production and started to ship in January 1992.

The Dodge Viper lived through five generations during its production life.

The Phase SR Viper started its production run with a V10 Lamborghini engine with an EPA rating of 12 mpg city - 20 Highway and had a top speed of around 150 mph. The car was also a handful to drive at speed.

By the time the Viper entered its final production the Phase VX 1 Viper was a pure bred race car and competed in world class endurance races all around the world and proved it was a real american muscle racecar.

The final version of the viper offered a 645 HP / 600ft/lb TQ 8.4L ALL Aluminum engine that produced 0-60 times of 3.5 secs and a top speed of over 208 MPH.

On August 16th 2017 production at the Conner Ave assembly plant ended when a red viper with chrome wheels was signed off and assigned to the the company's Heritage Collection.

The last customer produced Viper was a yellow ACR with black racing stripes seen - So Long for now Viper.