Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper might just be the best car that Dodge has ever coined. The Dodge Viper is in fact the most powerful production car ever made by Dodge. Production of the two seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly in 1992 and moved to its current home at Conner Avenue Assembly in October 1995. The model was conceived as a modern take on the classic American muscle car. The Dodge Viper was initially envisioned in late 1988 at Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra. From this conversation came a clay model that was later presented to Lutz. It must have won over the executive because the car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. The name 'Viper' was not initially the selected title for the model, but rather, this concept vehicle was originally named Copperhead because of it's low, wide appearance characteristic of the reptile. Public reaction was so enthusiastic, that chief engineer Roy Sjeoberg was directed to develop it as a production car. And do the Dodge Viper was born. The Dodge Viper was such a 'swooner' that NBC even created Viper, a television show in fictional Metro City, California. This show starred the Dodge Viper itself as the lead role. The NBC show featured a stock Viper that would transform into a custom, armored vehicle, which was equipped with various defensive weapons at the push of a button. The show miraculously ran for four seasons, with the roadster appearing in the first three seasons. Thereafter, it was replaced by the coupe in the fourth and final season. Most of the vehicles featured on the show were Chrysler Corporation vehicles.