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The rise and fall of the Dodge Viper

Autocar Logo By Ronan Glon of Autocar | Slide 1 of 24: The Chrysler-owned carmaker didn’t create the Viper by benchmarking the attainable Chevrolet Corvette, copying the ergonomic Honda NSX or Americanizing one of the designs from Ferrari.Instead, the firm’s home-brewed supercar brought together racing expertise from Carroll Shelby, design from Tom Gale, engines from Ram trucks and engineering wizardry from Lamborghini. The end result was a raw, all-American high-performance dragster that showed no mercy for those who couldn’t handle it.Join us for a look at how it was born and why it died.

There was no shortage of high-horsepower, high-dollar supercars in the early 1990s. Dodge ignored them all.

The Chrysler-owned carmaker didn’t create the Viper by benchmarking the attainable Chevrolet Corvette, copying the ergonomic Honda NSX or Americanizing one of the designs from Ferrari.

Instead, the firm’s home-brewed supercar brought together racing expertise from Carroll Shelby, design from Tom Gale, engines from Ram trucks and engineering wizardry from Lamborghini. The end result was a raw, all-American high-performance dragster that showed no mercy for those who couldn’t handle it.

Join us for a look at how it was born and why it died.

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