The Chrysler Viper – Breaking With Tradition

The Dodge Viper is one of the coolest cars on the road, but it almost didn’t happen. The history of the Dodge Viper is intriguing. The concept for the Viper was the vision of Tom Gale, Chrysler’s Chief of Design and Bob Lutz, Chrysler’s President at the time. There were no bean counters or focus groups involved, and no advertising experts were asked to give their opinion on if the design would sell. Instead, the design team created a car inspired by the famous Cobra. When the first Vipers hit the market, they couldn’t make them fast enough.

The Viper was designed with new technology. It had a modern engine, computer-aided suspension, a new-think transmission, and world-class tires. Even so, the new car wasn’t high-tech or gadget-laden. There were no anti-lock brakes, four-wheel steering, all-wheel drive or adjustable shock absorbers. This Viper was built from a mechanically pure approach. Just like the Shelby Cobra, the Viper’s power came from the simple rear drive.

Part of the Viper’s allure is that it came about right after Chrysler’s K-car period. In the late 70s and early 80s, Chrysler was recovering from financial failure. The company produced incredibly boring vehicles that sold well. These sales helped Chrysler pay back their government loans, but the cars were the epitome of boring.

When the Viper made its first appearance in 1989 at the American International Auto Show, it was a hit. This vehicle had everything Chrysler’s K-cars lacked. It was impractical, sleek instead of boxy, and incredibly fast.

Following its introduction at the 1989 car show, the Viper went into production within a few year. Many of the concept features made it into production, including the 8.0 liter V10 and the six-speed manual transmission. One of the improvements to the concept design was the aluminum block first developed by Lamborghini.

The first production Vipers rolled off the line in 1992 and were sent to selected showrooms. The car was selling for $52,000 which included a gas-guzzler tax of $1,700 but was in such demand that dealers were getting up to $100,000 per car.

The first Vipers weren’t all the comfortable. They didn’t have air conditioning, side windows or exterior door handles. However, it could do 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds and reached top speeds of 165 mph.

Chrysler added a few options such as a fixed hardtop and air conditioning in 1994, but the first major improvements were to the 1996 Viper when they introduced the GTS coupe.

By the time the 2002 Viper was produced, it could do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and reach 185 mph. The price often turned off average consumers, but die-hard track enthusiasts were still in love with the car.

As the economy tanked, Chrysler decided that 2010 would be the last year for the Viper. When Fiat bought Chrysler, they brought the Viper back in 2013. Unfortunately, consumers could now get the same performance for less with other cars like the Ford Shelby GT500 and the Chevrolet Corvette. As a result, Fiat recently announced that 2017 would be the last production year for the Viper.


How Much Are You Going To Have To Pay For A New 2017 Dodge Viper?

All kinds of people want to know how much the 2017 Dodge Viper costs. One of the reasons for that is this is going to be the last year the vehicle is produced. That is pretty astonishing to some people considering how popular this luxury sports vehicle has become over the years. In fact, it has been produced for 25 years now. This indeed is the last year the Dodge Viper will be produced.

So how much does the Dodge Viper cost? In 2017, there will be five different special models manufactured. As you can imagine, the 2017 Dodge Viper has been available to order for months now, many months. So does that mean the prices have gone down? One site talks about how there are millions of different configurations when choosing how you want your Dodge Viper built. Remember, this is a special luxury model edition vehicle, and it’s the last year this car will be manufactured.

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When looking at the 2017 Dodge Viper models, it’s also fun to look back in the past. For example, two other highlight years for the Dodge Viper were 1998 and 2010. There were other special years, too, as this luxury car has always been a favorite. In fact, those years and others are commemorated when it comes to the models that are manufactured this year in 2017.

There is a green model edition that looks cool, but I do not like the name. My favorite would probably be the white model with black stripes. The fins on some of these models are something. Now you are still wondering what a 2017 Dodge Viper costs. Before we get to the starting basic figure, understand that you have to remember, there are many factors that play in to how much you pay for your Viper.

That being said the starting figure is just shy of 88000 dollars for a 2017 Dodge Viper. That’s pretty cheap considering that it’s that type of luxury vehicle, but you have to understand that’s the basic starting price. There are a ton of different things that can up the cost. If you are serious about buying a Dodge Viper, start with the basic cost and decide what else you want. Then you will have the real figure of what you’re going to end up paying for your new 2017 Dodge Viper.


What Is The Fastest Dodge Viper And How Fast Does It Go?

Which Dodge Viper was the fastest one that was ever made? You might be thinking it is one of the newest five models that were produced in 2017. You wouldn’t be too far off at all, but you would be wrong. The fastest Viper model ever produced came the year before, in 2016, and it is the ACR. Just how fast do you think the Dodge Viper can go? This was the idea when they constructed this one in 2016, trying to make it the fastest Viper ready for the track and racing.

Let’s take a look at the top speed for this vehicle. If you had to take a guess, what would it be? What if I told you it was 177 miles per hour? That is a really fast car. However, if you look at the claims from the company itself when it comes to top speeds for their Vipers, the number goes up to 197 miles per hour. Is that for the 2016 viper, or are that current 2017 models that are coming out?

That’s an interesting question and one to consider because that’s a 20 mile per hour difference. Perhaps the claim for 197 miles per hour is for the 2016 model when, in actuality, other experts claim it can only go 177 miles per hour. It is also important to consider acceleration on top of top speed, as well as other performance aspects of the 2016 and 2017 Dodge Vipers.

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If you do dig a little bit deeper into the facts of the Dodge Viper and how fast it can go, you get a better explanation. For example, it is the 2016 Dodge Viper that is said to be able to go 197 miles per hour around a track. That is a good claim, but when you take the Dodge Viper out anywhere else, it is supposed to have a top speed of 177 miles an hour. Is that due to different terrain in different conditions or just a different testing group?

For the average person, both 177 and 197 miles per hour, sound great. In fact, it is pretty great, but it’s just the idea of there’s still a 20-mile power difference. One thing for sure, since this is the last year the Dodge Viper will be manufactured, those numbers will stand. The fastest speed for a Dodge Viper stands at 177 miles per hour or 197 miles per hour, whichever you choose to believe.

They are very fast whichever one you decide to go with. You’re probably only going to get up to 197 miles an hour on a track surface anyway, right? So if you want a fast car and a Dodge Viper sounds like a plan, anything in that range from 177 to 197 sounds good. But if you’re comparing it to other luxury vehicles, get more specific. Are there any comparable vehicles that go over 200 miles an hour? That would be the next interesting question to look up to see what compares to the Dodge Viper.