The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.
When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change.
Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional 5 horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)
Note: 2014 SRT Viper pictured here.
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More Power, Minor Updates
Model-wise, the sports car will be offered with the same packages as before.
Although Dodge has yet to announce any alterations the Viper might receive for the 2015 model year or any kind of specs, expect the sports car to continue mostly unchanged. For the 2015 model year, the 8.4-liter, V-10 engine will deliver 645 horsepower — five more than 2014 — but torque stays at 600 pound-feet. This power will travel through a six-speed manual gearbox on its way to the rear wheels.
Model-wise, the sports car will be offered with the same packages as before. The Grand Touring will sit right above the base model, while the TA package will slot below the range-topping Viper GTS. We expect Dodge to introduce a couple of limited-run packages for the 2015 model year as well. Expect the first one to surface at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January.
SRT CEO Ralph Gilles once said the Viper shouldn’t be compared to the Corvette; and he’s right. The Viper was never intended to compete against the Corvette and it doesn’t benefit from the same heritage surrounding the Chevy-built sports car. However, the two have been paired together for comparisons ever since the Viper was launched, making Viper vs Vette shootouts as common as Mustang vs Camaro encounters.
Rebuilt from the ground up for the 2014 model year, the current Corvette Stingray benefits from brand-new anything. In 2015, the Z06 hits the streets in the same new duds as its base-level sibling. Chevy finally ditched the familiar design seen on the C5 and C6 models, reworked the interior for a much-deserved premium feel, and developed a new V-8 engine. Dubbed LT4, the engine displaces 6.2 liters, and produces 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
The Corvette Z06 likely needs just 3.4 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, which is about on par with the Viper. AS of 7/3/2014, Chevrolet has yet to reveal the Corvette Z06’s price.
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Developed with input from Lamborghini, the unit delivered 400 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
The Dodge Viper debuted as a concept car in 1989 and a pre-production car paced the Indy 500 race a year later. The production-ready Viper was showcased in 1991 and arrived in showrooms for the 1992 model year. The first-gen car featured an 8.0-liter, V-10 powerplant developed based on Dodge’s V-10 truck engine. Devel oped with input from Lamborghini , the unit delivered 400 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The first-generation model was sold through 1995 and was only offered as a roadster. The coupe model arrived only four years later, when the 450-horsepower, second-gen model arrived.
Unlike previous models, the redesigned Viper debuted as a coupe only and had its V-10 engine rebuilt into a 8.4-liter.
The Viper was completely redesigned for 2003. The convertible was joined by a coupe model in 2007 and output was increased to more than 500 horsepower for the first time. 2003 also market the introduction of the larger, 8.3-liter V-10. The Viper was briefly discontinued for the 2007 model year and relaunched a year later. The fourth-generation model took the streets with 514 ponies on tap and only lasted until 2010, when production was interrupted for the second time. SRT resurfaced with a brand-new sports car in 2012. Unlike previous models, the redesigned Viper debuted as a coupe only and had its V-10 engine rebuilt into a 8.4-liter. With 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the current Viper is the second most powerful production Chrysler after the Dodge Challenger Hellcat .