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A Dodge Viper ACR sports car on display at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds at London Concours
Dodge Viper ACR | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

The Dodge Viper was a performance sports car model produced and sold by the Dodge division of Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)). While very popular in its niche, the Viper was eventually discontinued to low sales, as well as new safety regulations that would require a (likely costly) redesign for the model to meet.

The origins of the Dodge Viper began in 1998 at Chrysler‘s Advanced Design Studios, where workers were attempting to create a modern version of the AC Shelby Cobra. The concept premiered at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, and a production version was officially released in 1992.

The performance chops of the Dodge Viper raised immediate interest in the automotive community, especially with racing and motorsports enthusiasts. In fact, many modified Viper models were turned into legitimate racetrack vehicles, and it was used as the inspiration for many other performance-focused models, from race cars to sports cars. During its run, the rivals of the Viper included the Chevy Corvette, the Jaguar F-Type, the Maserati GranTurismo, and the Nissan GT-R.

About Dodge

  • 2017 Dodge Viper (Starting MSRP $87,895)
  • Pros: The Dodge Viper sports car provides an exhilarating ride with a ridiculous amount of power and handling like a race car.
  • Cons: The Viper’s interior isn’t built for comfort, with stiff and too firm seating, and it’s very cumbersome to enter and exit.
  • See Also: Challenger and Charger

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