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Reuters news service reported that Cerberus Capital has received numerous bids for it’s Viper brand of automotible. Belonging to the Dodge Brand, the Viper was introduced in 1992 as a flagship model sportscar. Production numbers have been limited with several special edition models added to the mix.

Chrysler LLC has decided to offer up it’s Viper unit sometime in August, when a few parties became interested. This is a result to raise cash for ongoing operations as the automotive industry is entering a deep slowdown across the board.


The Dodge Viper is a V10-powered sports car manufactured by the Dodge division of Chrysler LLC. Production of the two seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly in 1992 and moved to its current home at Conner Avenue Assembly in October 1995. The car, as well as numerous variations of it, has made countless appearances in TV shows, video games, movies, and music videos.

The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performance. Some saw claims to kinship with the Cobra as a marketing exercise, ignoring that Carroll Shelby was heavily involved in the initial design of the Viper, and subsequent design of the Viper GTS coupe. Notably, the later (1996 through 2002) Viper GTS coupe took a few design cues from the Peter Brock designed Shelby Cobra Daytona. Though the proportions seem similar at first glance, the designs are quite unique. Carrol Shelby was key in the development of the R/T 10 as well as having a hand in the development of the GTS model.

The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler’s Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra, and a clay model was presented to Lutz a few months later. The car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. This concept vehicle was originally named Copperhead because of its low, wide appearance characteristic of reptiles. All engines for the Viper have since been known as “copperhead”. The name would later be changed to Viper. Public reaction was so enthusiastic, that chief engineer Roy Sjeoberg was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle.

Sjoberg selected 85 engineers to be “Team Viper”, with development beginning in March 1989. The team asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast some prototype aluminum blocks based on Dodge’s V10 truck engine for sports car use in May. The production body was completed in the fall, with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 was first used in the test mule, the V10, which the production car was meant to use, was ready in February 1990.

Official approval from Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca came in May 1990. One year later, Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production car as the pace vehicle in the Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the car was released to reviewers with first retail shipments beginning in January 1992.

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What the hell? So Cerberus thinks Chrysler's some old junk heap it can just sell parts off of for scrap to raise some cash? That's bull shit.

I had thought Daimler-Benz was the worst thing to happen to Chrysler, but maybe Cerberus is. That's a shame that Chrysler just gets back to being an American automaker and it's headed for the auction block.
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I WON'T LET IT HAPPEN!

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i will kill my self if they join or i will torch every new dodge motors electric hybrid viper/tahoe thing
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i will kill my self if they join or i will torch every new dodge motors electric hybrid viper/tahoe thing
Nice to see someone shares my point of view!
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What I dont understand is why would they want to ruin a name that has been accepted by everyone. You got Dodge Chevy and Ford and then when Gm and Dodge join it's gonna be such a piece of crap hybrid that everyone is just gonna go for daewoo well not daewoo but what is the next option there isnt the next option is a Dodge unlike Chevy guys that would take a Ford if something like this happened but at least I can say I was the proud owner of a Dodge. Oo and Michigan_intrepd do you mind if I steal that stop the sale siggy you got?
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To me Dodge and GM joining forces is like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs joining forces. It would be the worst thing ever. Honestly I would prefer a Japanese company buying out Dodge.
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To me Dodge and GM joining forces is like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs joining forces. It would be the worst thing ever. Honestly I would prefer a Japanese company buying out Dodge.
Huuhh how dare say you would rather have a Japanese company buy out Dodge the only good part about it is parts will be cheap as hell but id rather have it be American or German engineering :usa: I sir pee on you lol
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Oo and Michigan_intrepd do you mind if I steal that stop the sale siggy you got?
Have at 'er!
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Thank you thought Id ask
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This makes perfect sence the only model line. That has a double digit sales increase this year. Meaning making money for the Co. And they want to sell it???????????????????? I am just waiting for them to cut off the racing money Bye Bye Nascar and Dragracing.
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