Evolution of a Snake

How it came to be a raw, unhinged American supercar.

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Evolution of a Snake:

1989: Viper RT/10 Concept
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Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show

1992-2002: RT/10 Roadster
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The original Viper didn't have roll-up windows, but it did have an 8.0-liter V-10 with 400 bhp.

1996-2002: GTS Coupe
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A bump to 450 bhp and a significant weight savings made the new GTS coupe outsell the roadster.

1998: GT2 (100 made)
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Limited production of GTS-R race cars necessitated a run of street-legal cars for homologation.

1999-2002: GTS ACR
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The American Club Racer was made for those Viper enthusiasts who demanded more in the corners.

2002: Final Edition (360 made)
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Red with white stripes just like the ALMS-winning race cars—326 coupes and 34 ACRs were made.

2003-2010: SRT10 Convertible
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A folding top and a 8.3-liter V-10 with 500 bhp. Who needs a coupe?

2006-2010: SRT10 Coupe
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It wasn't planned, but customers demanded a coupe, so Dodge brought it back.

2008-2010: ACR
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All 2008 models got upgraded to 600 bhp and the ACR came back to dominate the track.

2010: Final Edition
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No 2011 model will be produced and this could be the last Viper made. But nobody really believes that.

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