2022 Dodge Viper Review

2022 Dodge Viper Review

2022 Dodge Viper Review – We all grow up with that car we placed on our bedroom walls. For many my age it was a Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota supra, or McLaren F1. For me it was the Dodge Viper. Specifically, a low-res printout of 2000’s Dodge Viper GTS-R concept. With its average beaker, charger Daytona-like wing, and Le men-inspired body work, this was the example for what would become the third generation Viper coupe. It was a cool car.

2022 Dodge Viper Review

With our new long-term-mid-Engine C8 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is set to arrive in the months ahead, I had to think about what the future could have been for the Viper if it was not discontinued at the end of 2017. So I did what any car enthusiast would do with newfound time on his hands-Hop on the phone with Automobile Trend Motor and SUV of the year judges Tom Gal and Chris Theodore.

Gal and Theodore are among the gods fathers of the original Viper program. Theodore was the director of Jeep/Truck Engine Engineering when the Viper program kicked off in the late ‘ 80’s (and is now the author of the last Shelper Kobra, my time with Carroll Shelby). Gal was the VP of the design; His pen is the one responsible for the looming beaker, classic proportions and clean lines. Both men are too modest to admit this, but it is a fair bet that without them and the teams they worked with, there would be no Viper as we know it today.

Naturally in talking about a future for the Viper, we have to talk about the past. Here are the scores of the Dodge Viper origin, its subsequent generations, and its future, according to two of the men instrumental in its creation.

Viper-origin and the history of SR I/SR II

When the very first 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 had for sale to the public in January of 1992, it outwardly could not have been a simpler car. The front-engine, rear-Drive Padster has a 8.0-litre V-10 manufacturing 400 HP and 450 lb-ft torque, a six-speed manual transfer, two doors, a fairing, and not much else. But being from concept to production was something but easy. We covered the origins of the Viper concept extensively back in this auto-trend classic piece, but the Viper story just really started after she had 1989 Detroit car show debut.

First there was the issue of obtaining that V-10 engine, selected, according to both Gal and Theodore, for various reasons. Theodore points out that “There is no good technical reason for a V-10, ” But one was available in-house-an iron-block 8.0-litre unit destined for RAM heavy duty trucks. Chrysler At present also has the know-How to convert the heavy truck engine into a lightweight, aluminum-block mill based on owning Lamborghini. Dan-Chrysler President Bob Lutz has also really wanted a V-10 engine in the Viper, as has gal. “We really want to have a V-10 car, because we want something that has a heroic relationship. We wanted something unique — otherwise. I just didn’t want anything that is in the image of what someone else has, because you’re going to come into that market and you are going to just look like everyone else, so why bother? “he said.

We all grow up with that car we placed on our bedroom walls. For many my age it was a Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota supra, or McLaren F1. For me it was the Dodge Viper. Specifically, a low-res printout of 2000’s Dodge Viper GTS-R concept. With its average beaker, charger Daytona-like wing, and Le Men-inspired body work, this was the example for what would become the third generation Viper coupe. It was a cool car.

With our new long-term-mid-Engine C8 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is set to arrive in the months ahead, I had to think about what the future could have been for the Viper if it was not discontinued at the end of 2017. So I did what any car enthusiast with newfound time would do on his hands-Hop on the phone with the car trend motor and SUV of the year judges Tom Gal and Chris Theodore.

Gal and Theodore are among the gods fathers of the original Viper program. Theodore was the director of Jeep/Truck Engine Engineering when the Viper program kicked off in the late ‘ 80’s (and is now the author of the last Shelper Kobra, my time with Carroll Shelby). Gal was the VP of the design; His pen is the one responsible for the looming beaker, classic proportions and clean lines. Both men are too modest to admit this, but it is a mere bet that without them and the teams they worked with, there would be no Viper as we know it today.

Naturally in talking about a future for the Viper, we have to talk about the past. Here are the scores of the Dodge Viper origin, its subsequent generations, and its future, according to two of the men instrumental in its creation.

Viper-Origin and the history of SR I/SR II

When the very first 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 had for sale to the public in January of 1992, it outwardly could not have been a simpler car. The front-engine, rear-Drive Padster has a 8.0-litre V-10 manufacturing 400 HP and 450 lb-ft torque, a six-speed manual transfer, two doors, a fairing, and not much else. But being from concept to production was something but easy. We covered the origins of the Viper concept extensively back in this auto-trend classic piece, but the Viper story just really started after she got 1989 Detroit car show debut.

First there was the issue of obtaining the V-10 engine, selected, according to both Gal and Theodore, for various reasons. Theodore points out that “There is no good technical reason for a V-10, ” But one was available in-house-an iron block 8.0-litre unit destined for RAM Heavy Duty trucks. Chrysler currently has the know-How to convert the heavy truck engine into a lightweight, aluminum-block mill based on owning Lamborghini. Dan-Chrysler President Bob Lutz also really wanted a V-10 engine in the Viper, as Gal. “We really want to have a V-10 car, because we want something that has a heroic relationship. We wanted something unique — otherwise. I just didn’t want anything that is in the image of what someone else has, because you’re going to come into that market and you are going to just look like everyone else, so why bother? “he said.

Proving that it could live up to the legend of its press, the Viper GTS-R race car would go on to win its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, 1999, and 2000, with friend of MotorTrend Justin Bell among the drivers behind the wheel in ’98.

The successful Le Mans campaign—not to mention championships in the FIA’s GT Series and the American Le Mans series, and wins at the 24-hour races at Daytona, Nürburgring, and Spa—spurred the creation of the fist Viper ACR. Short for “American Club Racer,” the Viper ACR was designed for owners who wanted to capture the essence of the Viper GTS-R race car in street-legal, track-ready form. The ACR got a minor power boost to 460 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque and, more important, an adjustable competition suspension, 18-inch BBS wheels shod with stickier rubber, a five-point harness, and a weight-savings regimen, among other things.

Around this time, Dodge also built 100 Viper GT2s as street cars (which, confusingly were badged “Viper GTS-R” like the race car), in white with blue stripes, and complete with dive planes and a massive rear spoiler as a homologation special for its FIA efforts.

By the time the Viper was winning at Le Mans and the ACRs were hitting the streets, Gale, who was getting ready to retire from Chrysler, and his team set to work on designing the next-generation car.

Viper Part Deux: ZB I/ZB II

Although a transition to a mid-mounted powertrain was briefly considered by Theodore and his team, what would become the third-generation (ZB I) Viper in 2003 stuck with the SR’s front-engine, rear-drive platform. First debuting at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show, the Viper GTS-R concept was a preview of things to come.

“We put just all the love in that car,” said Gale. Clearly inspired by the Viper race cars, the GTS-R concept featured a low, chopped roof, aero-friendly Coke bottle curves, and new angular fascia signaling the things to come. “That car, just from all the little bits, the hair pins on the center-lock wheels, the little adjustable trunk splitter pieces… just all that was so tastefully done. That car was a precursor of what we were going to do with the next-generation car,” said Gale.

“We wanted to get a more refined car with a real convertible top and windows that went up and down,” Theodore said of the redesign. Despite missing the spoilers, dive planes, and roof of the concept, the roadster-only 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10 faithfully captured the essence of both the concept and the original Viper RT/10. It was stretched slightly, stiffened, and given a power upgrade. The Viper’s trusty V-10 grew to 8.3 liters and a commensurate output boost to match, now making 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque, still routed through a six-speed manual transmission to wider rear rubber .

Soon before the ZB I Viper went on sale, both Gale and Theodore would depart what was then DaimlerChrysler. Gale would retire as the executive VP of product development and design, while Theodore left as senior VP of platform engineering. He would go on to Ford to make the perennial dream of a mid-engine American supercar come true with the 2005 Ford GT.

Although Gal and Theodore are leaving that the team has become Viper, the car soldent ed up in good hands without them.

The Viper SRT-10 coupe, which rejoined the old Viper GTS ‘ now-signature double bubble roof, at the range in 2006. Like the SR II Viders, the new Viper Coupe has a unique klerelig and decklid treatment, too, the latter helps make it more aerodynamic than the convertible. DaimlerChrysler would end up building the 2006 Viper by the end of 2007, turning the model year.

Those who waited for the 2008 Viper SRT-10 coupe and convertible were rewarded with a new, freer-breathing 8.4 litres V-10 (Thanks to some consulting work done by McLaren and Riccardo). The new V-10 made 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of spins and is in a new six-speed manual gearbox and a beefed-UP rear axis with a new limited-slip differential. Small cosmetic and color changes are rounded off the new package.

The new Viper’s production cycle would be short-lived, ending in 2010, largely due to the Great Recession. Even so, it went out with a bang in the form of the Viper SRT-10 ACR. This street-right, but-Track focused Viper variant (not confused with the track-just ACR-X), an adjustable suspension on all four angles, an upgraded stabilizer beam before, competition-specification tapes, and, the most important, front and rear spectacles and carbon fiber dive planes, which combined to give the Viper ACR a reported 1 000 pounds of downforce on 150 mph.

The return: Viper VX

When the SRT (née Dodge) Viper came back in 2013, then-SRT chief and legendary designer Ralph Gilles told us, “We had the privilege to design the fish-not the rights. “According to the man who wrote the original, Gilles, more than the Viper-righteousness. “I thought it really came back and celebrated the original car in the way the surface was handled. In a way, it was an old trick that Bill Mitchell at GM used to do years ago – they would come out with the original car, the next year there would be a change-UP, and then they would come back to what the car started [as], and it’s a great way to have image consistency. Whether it is intentional or not, really hats down to the guys who have created the last car, “says Gal.

Drive on a very revised version of the original Viper’s platform (both Theodore and gal readily point to certain hardpoints on the VX-generation Viper which Gilles and his team have to design around), the new SRT Viper aims to be a better Track weapon, a better daily driver, and a more luxurious Grand tourer. Power came up to a courtesy of a 8.4-litre V-10 with 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque, to-you guessed it – a six-speed manual.

Following the car’s introduction, we put the new SRT Viper GTS against a Chevy Corvette ZR1 (as tradition dictate we do), and the Corvette came out of the Overcomer. Gilles and SRT reacted only nine weeks later with the Viper TA. Short for “Time attack, ” The Viper TA has lighter wheels, better brakes, stickier rubber, revised suspension tuning, and carbon-fiber aerodynamic improvements. The resulting car was able to improve on the Viper GTS ‘ Laguna Seca shot time by more than 2 seconds, clapping the track in 1:33.62, which was in time a Laguna production car shot record.

However, the TA was not the award of the VX Viper. It will be the Dodge Viper ACR (the Viper returned to the Dodge mark in 2015). The final Viper ACR was under the ultimate street legal track motors. While his V-10 had only five extra wasp power, the biggest changes were made to its chassis, which stiffer were created; Suspension geometry, now adjustable; And brakes, now with more bites. The Viper ACR also has stickier rubber, adjustable shock damping (separately for jounce and rebound), and a reconfigurable Aero package well for more than 1 700 pounds of downforce at speed.

Sales for the fifth generation Viper were never particularly large to start with, and that fact, together with stricter safety constraints spelled the end of the Viper in 2017. After a bunch of five limited edition models, Fiat Chrysler Motors ‘ Connor assembly plant in Detroit the Viper line for good.

What’s next?

So What’s next for the Viper? While some at FCA no doubt want to see the Viper return to the kraal, we are currently not aware of any plans to bring it back. However, if it was to come back, both Gal and Theodore had some ideas for what form it should take.

“I will be a heretic. I’m bored with mid-Engine supermotors now. They are all just else stylized by stop. I don’t think the world needs one more, “said Theodore, what, it must be pointed out again, is the father of the 2005 Ford GT. Dodge can build an electric Viper, Theodore start, but ” Everyone’s building of their own electric supercar, also, so how do you differentiate yourself? “

Theodore, instead, suggested going to be barebones-back to what the Viper had made a success when it was launched in 1992. “I will do a front-engine, rear-row car, and I want to try this time to go, because there is only one thing that these electric supercars cannot do – they are not light and not tossable. I would like to see it say with a long nose, short deck, minimalist kind of car, . “I will redeem an aluminium block version of [the Challenger Hellcat] Hemiparese V-8. I’ll probably get rid of the [heavy] supercharger, Twin-turbocharge it, maybe fill it with the electric driving technology they already have, and go back-wheel drive. I would probably have the turbos pouring the gill between the front wheels and the depositions. This would be my last-hurrah Viper. “

“We did not practice it, but I’m just completely on the same page,” says Gal. “If you are going to have the command today, and you are going to build a concept that is going to be what the next generation is, you have something to do that is going to be at least remarkable for someone and not just in the same image of what everyone else does. I couldn’t agree with Chris.

“My personal preference will be to try to find a way to keep something that has the relationship of the original cars, [and in the vein of] the Ferrari 812 Superfast. As you look at that, it has a heroic relationship. I just think there is an opportunity to do something that has a beautiful and loving surface. The bottom line is that everything you do in this category has to be remarkable in its packaging, and in the way it looks, “said Gal. “It can’t really look like someone else’s group you have on; It should look right. When people see it, they must say, ‘ Oh, WOW. It’s a Viper. ‘”

The Dodge Viper can be gone, and despite no known plans for a return, I wouldn’t count it yet. Weirder things have happened-the Corvette’s mid-engste now, and the Ford GT is brought back from the dead once but twice. The Dodge Viper is one of America’s most legendary sports cars, and legends never die.