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Dodge Viper

Having taken a brief sabbatical in 2007 and from 2010 to 2012, Dodge (by SRT for 2013 and 2014), a part of American automaker FCA US LLC, produced the Dodge Viper from 1992 to 2017. The two-seat super car's production started in 1991 at the New Mack Assembly Plant before moving to the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in October 1995.

Dodge Viper

Sergio Marchionne, then-CEO of Chrysler, revealed and showed off a new model of the Viper for 2012 on September 14, 2010, despite the company's dire financial difficulties. The Viper was ranked number 10 on the "Most American Cars" list in 2014, indicating that at least 75% of its components were made in the United States. After 26 years of manufacture, the Viper was ultimately put out of production in 2017.

A Viper's 0-60 mph acceleration time ranges from about 3.5 to 4.5 seconds. Depending on the model and year, the top speed ranges from 160 mph to over 200 mph.

The Advanced Design Studios of Chrysler was where the Viper was first envisioned in late 1988. The contemporary Cobra should be considered for production, Chrysler President Bob Lutz said to Tom Gale at the Chrysler Design Center in February of the following year. A clay model was then sent to Lutz a few months later. The automobile, created by Metalcrafters in sheet metal, debuted as a concept at the 1989 North American International Auto Show. The response from the general public was so positive that head engineer Roy Sjoberg was instructed to create it as a normal production vehicle. The $70 million needed to begin manufacture of the sports vehicle was eventually approved, but Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca withheld his approval because he felt it was an excessive sum to invest without a guarantee of financial gain.

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