Now that the Dodge Viper name is back and the fifth-gen version of this American supercar has a lower, more realistic price, Dodge is doing a little cheerleading for its world-class halo car with an exhaustive 22-minute video. In this well-done mini documentary titled “Viper: DNA of a Supercar,” Dodge highlights the changes made to the updated and renamed 2015 Dodge Viper as well as showcasing the coupe’s hand-built craftsmanship.
As is the case with the Viper itself, the video is a little over the top with dubbed-in music and exhaust notes and the sometimes-cheesy narrative, but that makes it no less enjoyable to watch with an equal dose of choreographed driving shots and behind-the-scenes action that literally shows how the new Viper comes to life. Just about every aspect of the Viper’s Conner Assembly Plant build process is painstakingly revealed from the construction of the carbon-fiber components and hand-sewn interior bits to the testing of the bare chassis and the final paint process, which alone takes up 160 hours. This video boasts as much about the 2015 Dodge Viper as it does the hundreds of people who help hand-assemble the car in Detroit, MI.
The excitement, of course, comes from the rolling shots taken at Chrysler’s test track, driving around town and even being drifted through a dried up lake bed. All the time the Viper’s retuned, 8.4-liter V-10 can be heard pumping out its incredible 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
If you have 22 minutes to kill, this is definitely not a bad way to do it.