Sports cars from Dodge, a subsidiary of Chrysler Corporation. The brand was born in the late 80s of the last century within the walls of Chrysler-owned Advanced Design Studios, and in 1992 mass production of the first two-seater Dodge Viper started. Due to the rather good technical characteristics and magnificent appearance, the car immediately attracted the closest attention from the public. He was happy to be filmed in films and used to create video games. This is one of the most recognizable sports cars.
Over the years, several generations of Vipers have been released. The first was produced from 1992 to 1995. These were two-seat cars, devoid of side windows and a roof. Their characteristic feature was the absence of external door handles.
The second generation was produced between 1996 and 2002, the appearance of the car was radically modified, although it remained recognizable as before. The developers corrected the previous flaws and nevertheless equipped their creation with a roof (the so-called "double bubble"), raised above each seat. It was possible to significantly reduce the weight of the car.
The third generation (2003-2006) was also a modification of the previous ones. Improved performance, decreased weight. Employees of Street Racing Technology (SRT), a division of DaimlerChrysler, actively worked on the third generation.
And in 2008-2010, the production of the fourth generation was launched, the main changes occurred in relation to the engine, which acquired a power of 600 horsepower, which is 200 hp. with. more than the first generation Viper.
In addition to the mass-produced models, all kinds of tuned versions were also produced (such as the Viper ACR, Mopar Concept Coupe or Firepower), in some of them it was difficult to recognize the underlying model. Attempts were made to use the Viper in motorsport, but it was not possible to achieve any special results.
However, not the highest sales of expensive cars and the plight of Chrysler led to the fact that in 2010 it was announced that Chrysler would stop further development of the Viper.
But Viper is not dead. Starting in 2013, sports cars will be produced not under the Dodge brand, but under the SRT (SRT Viper) brand. In 2012, the fifth generation was demonstrated, which can be called the most serious step forward. Significant changes were made, both in appearance and from a technical point of view.