A More Recent Classic
The Dodge Viper is perhaps not one of the oldest or most successful Dodge models, but it is noteworthy indeed when looking at the history of the company. Production began on the Viper in 1991, a time when pop music sensations were taking over American youth, and image was beginning to mean everything to the new car buying generation. The V10 engine under the hood offered a great deal of power and allowed the car to go 0-60 in a blinding 4.6 seconds. With a top speed of 164 miles per hour, this was a car that could certainly get you where you needed to go.
Since the engine had originally been designed for trucks, it was at first too heavy to use in a flashy sports car, which ultimately led to its improved design, made from an aluminum alloy material, which effectively reduced the engine’s weight. Since there were no outside door handles, the roof and rear windows were sacrificed so that the vehicle could be accessible. Needless to say, the car was certainly not suitable to rainy areas. There was an available soft top roof, but it was designed with the idea of indoor storage in mind more than functionality to protect against the elements on the road.
After a brief break in production in both 2007 and 2011, the Viper is again available in a new model for the 2012 model year.