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The Evolution Of The SRT Viper (Video)

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On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Evolution Of The SRT Viper (Video)

No matter how many times I write it, I still can't get used to it: SRT Viper. Thankfully, Chrysler takes us back to a simpler time when the Viper still enjoyed a comfy home at Dodge. A new video gives viewers an historic look at the flagship sports car.

Those that don't know much about the Viper may be surprised to note that it was the brainchild of two iconic American auto minds that are now more closely associated with the other two members of the Detroit Big 3. Bob Lutz, most recently known for his role as GM vice chairman, and Carroll Shelby, whose name is closely associated with high-end Ford Mustangs, were the driving forces behind the Viper back in the late 80s. They set out to build a throwback, 60s-style muscle car - similar to Shelby's own Cobra, only with modern technology. The concept version of the Viper debuted at the 1989 North American International Auto Show.

"If this doesn't excite you, check your pulse, 'cause you're not well today," then-Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca said when the production model debuted at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show. And thus began a 20-year story that just opened its latest chapter with the unveiling of the 2013 SRT Viper earlier this month. The story has included everything from racing pedigree to a pace car appearance at the Indianapolis 500 to a Viper-centric television show.

We won't regurgitate the entire story, since it's all in the video - a video that includes actual Viper footage and sound bites from over the years. It's definitely an interesting recap for anyone that likes sports cars and automotive history. Watch the backstory on the Viper over the next seven minutes, then open up the latest chapter in our coverage of the newest iteration.


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