There is good news for American automotive enthusiasts and modern muscle car collectors coming from Detroit. Chrysler has announced that after unsuccessfully attempting to unload their high performance Viper line to the highest bidder, the pentastar brand has decided that the V10 powered back to basics modern day raw driving experience will continue to be made up of Mopar parts.
For many of us theDodge Viper is by far the best car that has ever been produced by Chrysler and when the company announced that the brand had to be discontinued we were devastated. It is good news to know that the Viper will live on. We would surely miss the 2009 SRT10’s 8.4 Liter 600 HP V10 and the car’s sub 4 second 0 to 60 MPH time.
Mike Accavitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler’s Dodge brand said that the “Viper has successfully captured the hearts and imagination of performance enthusiasts around the globe,” and that “We’re extremely proud that the ultimate American-built sports car with its world-class performance will live on as the iconic image leader for the Dodge brand." To date Chrysler has produced more than 25,000 Dodge Vipers since their start in 1992 and we would hate to see them stop.
Press release after the jump.
Chrysler Group LLC announced today that production will continue for the legendary Dodge Viper SRT10.
Originally slated to cease production in December 2009, the Chrysler Group Conner Avenue Assembly Plant — the exclusive home of Dodge Viper production since 1995 — will continue to build the V-10 powered sports car. Chrysler Group is no longer pursuing a sale of the Viper business assets.
“The Dodge Viper has successfully captured the hearts and imagination of performance enthusiasts around the globe,” said Mike Accavitti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dodge Brand. “We’re extremely proud that the ultimate American-built sports car with its world-class performance will live on as the iconic image leader for the Dodge brand."
Introduced as a concept car in 1989 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Dodge Viper was designed and engineered to test public reaction to the concept of a back-to-basics, high-performance, limited production sports car.
The reaction was so overwhelming that customer orders began to flow in even before the auto show was over. Chrysler Corporation immediately decided to determine the production feasibility on transforming the crowd-pleasing Dodge Viper show car into a limited-production sports car in no more than three years.
In May 1990, after months of intensive study and testing, Chrysler Corporation announced that the Dodge Viper, powered by an aluminum V-10 was a “go.”
Dodge Viper production began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant and was moved to Conner Avenue in October 1995. Viper V-10 engine production transferred from Mound Road Engine to Conner Avenue Assembly in May 2001. In 2008, Dodge introduced the all-new, fourth generation Dodge Viper SRT 10. With more horsepower, more torque and more than 30 exterior and interior color combinations, the latest Viper gives enthusiasts the performance they expect on the track and off, with more factory customization options than before.
For 2009, the Dodge Viper SRT10 offers outrageous power, with an 8.4-liter, 600-horsepower (450 kW) V-10 engine contributing to blistering acceleration (0-60 mph in less than four seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the low 12-second range), setting an American sports car benchmark.
To date, more than 25,000 Dodge Vipers have been built.