Shown as a concept at the Detroit international Auto Show in 1989, the Viper received such an overwhelming response from the public that it couldn't fail to go into production. It was designed as a modern-day version of the 1960's 427 Cobra, with remarkably similar traits. The engine was up front and was full of torque, being the biggest production engine in the world. It sat in a tubular steel chassis which also housed independent wishbone suspension front and back. The car used rear-wheel drive, and torque was sent back via a specially designed Borg Warner gearbox, which had a lockout shift mechanism to go from first gear straight to fourth at light throttle. The motor could even pull from as little as 500rpm, or 35 mph (56 km/h) in sixth gear. The body was reinforced glass-fibre to help lightweight and the brakes were 13-inch (330mm) Brembo discs and calipers, giving immense stopping power.
Dodge Viper R/T 1992 Specifications
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