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The Iconic Run of the Dodge Viper

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The Dodge Viper was discontinued back in 2017, around now is when rumors would persist about the next generation set to come out next year or maybe in 2022. A recent story involving MotorTrend Car of the Year judges Tom Gale and Chris Teodore was published. Both of these men were previously employees of FCA when the launch of the original Viper happened in the 1980s. In fact, Gale was the Vice President of Design for the Viper. They have more experience in regards to how the Viper was first made and what it would take to see another run of the world-famous Viper. Let’s take a deep dive into the interesting history and future of the Dodge Viper!

The Beginning of the Dodge Viper

The debut of the Dodge Viper was in 1992, simply known as the RT/10 and in January 1992 the Viper was off and running for the public. Rear-drive roadster with an impressive 8.0-Liter V10 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Many cars on the road today don’t offer that kind of engineering and impressive strength. This was just the first Viper that debuted nearly thirty years ago. It’s six-speed manual transmission came as a coupe with no other modifications and wouldn’t offer any impressive infotainment as found in later generations. From its first world appearance at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show, the fans flocked to this vehicle. By 1992, the world was ready for the Viper and it beat the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 quickly becoming a much sought after car.

“We really want a V10 car because we want something that had a heroic proportion. We wanted something that was unique—different. I just wouldn’t want something that was in the image of what somebody else did,” Gale said.

Dodge Viper GTS Come Next

Where could Dodge go but continue their progress for the next-generation Viper, which first debuted at the 1993 Los Angeles Auto Show. Known as the GTS, this was the more powerful, better car overall. With enhanced safety and better performance and amenities, owners flocked to get this next-gen Viper. New features included power windows, Nomex-wrapped side-exit exhaust pipes to the rear, increased horsepower up to 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. The Viper was also lighter, yet strengthened by a stiffer chassis and more liberal usage of aluminum in the car’s suspension. The vehicle became available in 1996 and was the kind of car on posters hanging on walls of kids and racing enthusiasts. 

“Bigger-and badder-than life. Few legends truly live up to their press. The Dodge Viper GTS, on the other hand, exceeds the hyperbole that engulfs it,” we wrote in May of 1997. 

Third and Fourth Generation Dodge Viper Models 

Like an action-movie franchise with sequels that kept getting a larger budget, the Viper continued to debut a new version every so often and improved upon what made it so special to begin with. The third-generation Dodge Viper arrived at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show as the GTS-R concept. Stronger and more luxurious than the previous two Viper models. The roadster-only 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10 captured the essence of both the concept and the original Viper RT/10. The powertrain included a V10 that supplied 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed manual transmission and wider rear rubber.

By the time the 2008 Viper SRT-10 coupe and convertible came out, they gave owners a new  8.4-liter V10 that hit the 600 horsepower mark with even more torque at 560 lb-ft and a new limited-slip differential. Production ended by 2010, a short run for Dodge and its powerful Viper. So, with a short period away from the spotlight, yet another Viper came out. 

Fifth and Final Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper SRT (Street Racing Technology) showed up in 2013, then-SRT chief and legendary designer Ralph Gilles added this quote about the vehicle upon its debut, “We had the privilege to design the Viper—not the right.”  The next-gen Viper equipped a 8.4-Liter V10 with 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, with its standard six-speed manual transmission. This new Viper failed to surpass the Corvette this time around. Sales for the fifth-generation Viper were never particularly strong to begin with, and that fact, coupled with tightening safety restrictions spelled the end of the Viper in 2017. After a few limited-edition models, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Connor Assembly Plant in Detroit closed the door on the Dodge Viper production run for good.

What Comes Next For the Viper?

So, is there a chance for another run? A six-generation Dodge Viper? Another sequel to the always compelling Dodge icon? We will have to wait and see. Dodge has seen its brand become entrenched in its muscle car vehicles that returned to prominence in the mid-2000s thanks to the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Both of those vehicles are still enjoying a long-term successful run with both vehicles still using the same platform they debuted with. That kind of success has not made Dodge think about the Viper, but for two of the men responsible for creating one of the Dodge brand’s most iconic vehicles, they are proud of their work and five-generation run of a car they helped create, the iconic Dodge Viper.

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2006 Dodge Viper Twin Turbo Is the Fastest Viper Ever

2006 Viper Miami Lakes

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The Dodge Viper has made new headlines in 2020 despite not being an actual production vehicle. The first-ever Dodge Viper owned by former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca has sold for an incredible $285,500, despite being a 1992 model year Viper. The very first Dodge Viper ever made only had put on 6,220 miles in nearly 30 years. While the Dodge Viper has not been in production since 2017, but that hasn’t stopped enthusiasts and production groups from enhancing their own Viper creations. In fact, news just broke about the fastest Dodge Viper ever.

The Fastest Viper Ever

The latest creation made by Calvo Motorsports, a Texas-based production team that had already made a fifth-generation Dodge Viper hit the 1/2 world record with a time of 208 mph back in 2016. This current record is the fastest time a Dodge Viper has ever set, driven at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. The upgraded and enhanced 2006 Dodge Viper Twin Turbo hit a remarkable speed of 252 mph during a run of 2.7 miles. The limits of the Viper are unknown with feats like this! Check out the record-breaking Viper results for yourself.

Enhanced 2006 Dodge Viper Twin Turbo

While this Dodge Viper is technically street-legal, we can attest those speeds are greatly enhanced with some engineering help. The record was set at Shuttle Landing Facility in Merritt Island, Florida, on January 18, the company announced in a press release. The time it took the driver to hit the record-breaking time was only 40 seconds and kept up the speed for nearly 15 seconds. The scope of its production upgrades have not been revealed, the blue and white coupe’s V-10 gain a twin-turbo that hit a remarkable 1400 horsepower. 

A Flying Dodge Viper?

One surprising detail, but possibly not too outlandish, was the addition of a parachute. It was serving as a precautionary measure since the Viper was tuned to hit over 250 mph. At that kind of speed, maybe the fear was the Dodge Viper taking flight as it soared to such wild speeds. The record broken had stood for nearly two decades. The previous fastest Dodge Viper was a Striker Twin Turbo that hit 247 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats back in 2001. For those looking to drive the latest Dodge vehicles, come to Miami Lakes Automall.

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New Dodge Viper … Again?

Miami Lakes Automall New Dodge Viper

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” That’s the kind of quote we could use when talking about the legendary Dodge Viper. Back in 2016, the nearly 30 year-old sports car was finally being put to rest to downsize the Dodge lineup a bit, along with the discontinued Dodge Dart. Let us tell you, it didn’t quite stick. It first started with some going away Dodge Viper special editions that sold out quick. A second round of more special editions were produced and and then brought back a second time for collectors that got the memo a little late. Then we thought the Dodge Viper said its goodbyes when Pennzoil made a Last Viper tribute video. We thought it was done for … But Dodge has other plans.

The Dodge Viper

If it wasn’t for the Dodge Viper sports car, the high performance automobile group, SRT, may have never come to be. Originally called “Team Viper”, the “Street and Racing Technology” (SRT) group was put in charge of designing and developing the legendary Dodge Viper. The model went through various names – the Dodge Viper SRT-10 in 2008, then the SRT Viper in 2013, and then the latest model, Phase VX (later simply called “Dodge Viper”) that lasted from 2013 to 2017.

Under the hood of the Dodge Viper was a hand-built 8.4-liter V10 engine. Designed with ten cylinders in two banks of five, this engine was rated at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world. With that kind of power, the Dodge Viper had some impressive track times. In 2016, the Dodge Viper, ACR (American Club Racer) was named the “ultimate street-legal race car”, having held more track records than any production car in the world (a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America), and a recorded time of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat. However, one would argue the 2003 Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 650R was better, with a recorded acceleration time of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and able to run a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.

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What Makes Dodge Vehicles Unique?

Miami Lakes Automall Dodge Unique Features

The Dodge automotive brand is pretty unique when you think about it. Is there any brand out there as iconic as Dodge? Every vehicle is infused with their heritage and style. Components, colors, engines, even entire vehicle series make Dodge stand apart as an automotive brand, and although some have been shared in recent years, we can still trace their origin back to the original automaker – Dodge. Let’s take a look at some of the features that set Dodge vehicles and muscle cars apart from the rest of the crowd.

Power

Originally belonging only to the Dodge name, the supercharged engines that now power the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon were at one point, one-of-a-kind, and in some aspects, they still are. Starting with the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, a 392 cubic-inch HEMI engine was put under the hood, able to deliver 485 horsepower. This was the engine that really charged up the Dodge Challenger name, and it could only be found on the Challenger for some time. It was unique to the Dodge name until the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT came out, outfitted with the same engine.

Next came the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Making its debut back in 2015, this muscle car came with a supercharged 6.2L V8 SRT Hellcat HEMI engine, capable of generating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. For awhile, this engine could only be found on the SRT Hellcat, and in essence still is. Consumers won’t find a supercharged 6.2L V8 SRT Hellcat HEMI engine on any other vehicle, but they will find the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

A similar engine to that found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon engine. It has the same name as the engine in the Hellcat with one key difference – “Hellcat” is replaced by “Demon”. In addition, the Challenger SRT Demon can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and that’s thanks to its SRT Power Chiller and a recorded installation of 97 new parts integrated into the SRT Demon engine. This kind of power most likely won’t make it anywhere else.

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Do You Know These Popular Dodge Terms?

Miami Lakes Popular Dodge Terms

Dodge has been making a name for itself since the late 1950’s, and since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they began their muscle car legacy. From that point on, they developed new terms for all of their special performance car features.

Shaker Hood

Also known as the “shaker scoop,” a shaker hood has a scoop-shaped unit attached to the air intake of a car engine that protrudes through an opening in the hood. As the engine makes use of air and fuel, the vibration of engine combustion causes the scoop to shake, giving the illusion that the entire car is shaking due to the power of the engine. It was used on many cars, such as the 1969 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the 1969/1970 Boss 302 Mustang, as well as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda before appearing on the 1970 second generation of the Dodge Challenger. Today however, no one thinks of the shaker hood without immediately also thinking of Dodge.

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Pennzoil’s Awesome Tribute and Farewell to the Dodge Viper

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In a tribute to the production of the last few Dodge Viper models, Pennzoil created a short film and it definitely reminds us of all of the reasons why we will miss the Viper.

Speed, looks, V10 engine, and extreme handling, the Viper has it all.

The Viper is equipped with an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 engine and pushes out 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds.  Before Dodge announced the 2017 model year would be the last for the Viper, the Viper ACR traveled around to various tracks around the country and after all was said and done, the Viper became the “ultimate street-legal race car” with more track records than any production car in the world — a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America. Read the rest of this entry >>

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SRT Past, Present and Future

Miami Lakes SRT Viper Dodge Hellcat

With Dodge coming out with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon next month, we thought it was time to brush up on our SRT knowledge. We also thought our readers would like to know what’s so special about SRT vehicles anyways. Heck, what does “SRT” even stand for? Well, SRT has some pretty interesting history, and if all goes well, it’ll also have a pretty interesting future.

SRT Origins

Believe it or not, “SRT” wasn’t always called SRT, nor was it always a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Not a huge surprise, businesses and project teams go through changes, and that’s how SRT started – a high-performance automobile group, now working within FCA. The team was known as “Team Viper,” and wouldn’t you know they were in charge of designing and developing the legendary Dodge Viper. After a merge with “Team Prowler,” the developers of the Plymouth Prowler, they became known as Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), then renamed as “Performance Vehicle Operations” (PVO), and then the group finally settled on the acronym “SRT” for “Street & Racing Technology”.

This acronym is usually in the title of a car that has an SRT engine, as well as in the name of the engine itself – usually. For instance, the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus comes with the SRT 392 engine, but “SRT” is missing from both, the title of the car and the name of the engine. Since its conception, SRT has made many vehicles with the SRT name, and some of them are still around today.

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Dodge Challenger track times

0-60 in a Flash, Dodge Track Times and Local Tracks

Dodge Challenger track times

American muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger, the Charger or even a performance car like a Dodge Viper fit in on the colorful Miami and Fort Lauderdale streets quite well. Not only is South Florida all about performance vehicles, but its residents are also about making a statement, whether by clothes or car, so those Dodge cars are excellent for cruising the beach. Aside from joy rides, if you live in South Florida and drive a performance car, you can also test out your car’s horsepower and speed on the local tracks — have you been yet?

If you are looking for a good Dodge dealership to purchase a hot and fast car or to find out a nearby track you can test your performance car out, we have you covered at Miami Lakes Automall. Read below for track info and the Dodge Challenger, Charger and Viper track times.

Test your Dodge Performance Model on the Track

There are two tracks located in South Florida where adrenaline junkies and performance car owners can test their personal car on a speedway — Homestead Miami Speedway and Palm Beach International Speedway. Both tracks offer classes by trained professional drivers that can show drivers how to safely maximize their car’s performance and allow drivers to bring and drive their own cars out on select days. Don’t fret if you don’t achieve optimal performance at first, just have fun seeing how fast your car can drive on a real race track. Read the rest of this entry >>

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2017 Special Edition Viper Models Sold Out

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Production of the Dodge Viper began in the 90s, and sadly, it is coming to an end. It’s been 25 years since the Viper’s original debut and Dodge recently released the last five special-edition 2017 models.

The models were released in June, and all of them sold out quicker than anyone could have imagined. And, when we say quick, we mean in the matter of minutes for some of the models, and just two days for some of the others. The 2017 special-edition models include: the Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR; the Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR; the Dodge Viper VoooDoo II Edition; the Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC; and finally the Dodge Dealer Edition Viper ACR. Read the rest of this entry >>

2015 Dodge Viper

Five Final Dodge Viper Models Before It’s No More

2015 Dodge Viper

***The five editions have already sold out. A sixth edition will be added mid-July, but only 30 units worth**

Attention all Dodge Viper fans, attention! Production on the beloved Dodge Viper is coming to an end. In late June, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that the 2017 Dodge Viper model will be the last Viper model year. In 2017, the Viper will have been manufactured for 25 years, and in its final goodbye, five special-edition models will help wave it off.

The Viper supercar is notorious for having an on-again off-again relationship with Dodge, having been once times before, but this is expected to be the final goodbye.

Since the Viper’s initial debut in 1991, over 30,000 Vipers have been built and sold, but in recent years, sales have slowed down and whether continuation of the Viper model was a viable option for production became the topic of discussion within the FCA. In 2015, a contract between FCA and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) was drawn up for future production plans, detailing vehicle production and upgrades. The Dodge Viper was left out of such plans.

Over the years, the Viper has gone through many changes. The first generation of Viper cars lasted a decade. In 2002, it underwent a major design change to better improve its handling, and was initially a convertible, with the 2006 Viper SRT-10 coupe introduced in 2005 at the Detroit Auto Show. As mentioned, this isn’t the first discontinuation, because back in 2009, it was announced that Viper production would end in the following summer. It returned in 2013, but as of September 2015 only 500 Vipers were sold, 200 less than the previous year.

Currently in production are five special-edition Vipers that will pay tribute to past renditions of the Viper over the last 25 years. Check ‘em out.
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