Production of the two seat sports car began at the New Mack Assembly in 1992 and moved to the Conner Avenue Assembly in October 1995.
The 1st Generation Dodge Viper debuted in 1991 with two pre-production models set to be used as pace cars for the Indianapolis 500. Dodge was forced to substitute it in place of the Japanese-built Stealth because of complaints from the United Auto Workers, but the Viper still went on sale in January 1992 as the RT/10 Roadster.
The RT/10 was fitted with a V10 engine based on the design of the Chrysler LA although the design was meant for use in trucks. The design made the engine too heavy to be used effectively in a sports car, but the engine was altered by Lamborghini as they were owned by the Chrysler Corporation at the time.
Further modifications were planned for the engine, but these were dropped after Chrysler became concerned with the uncertain production costs and sales potential of the RT/10.
The Need for Speed
The Viper RT/10 appears in The Need for Speed as a class B vehicle that is noted for its acceleration and handling, but also for its low top speed.
|The Need for Speed - Vehicles|
|Class A||Ferrari 512TR · Lamborghini Diablo VT|
|Class B||Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 · Dodge Viper RT-10 · Porsche 911 Carrera|
|Class C||Acura NSX · Mazda RX-7 · Toyota Supra|
|Bonus||Warrior PTO E/2|
|Japan Releases||Nissan 180SX Type-X · Nissan Fairlady 240ZG · Nissan Fairlady 300ZX · Nissan Silvia K's · Nissan Skyline S54B · Nissan Skyline PGC10 · Nissan Skyline KPGC110 · Nissan Skyline KHGC211 · Nissan Skyline KDR30 · Nissan Skyline HR31 · Nissan Skyline R32 · Nissan Skyline R33 · Nissan R390|
|Police||Ford Mustang SSP|
|Traffic||BMW 3 Series (E30) · Chevrolet K-Series · Chevrolet G20 · Ford Probe · Honda CRX · Isuzu Rodeo · Jeep Wrangler · Nissan Axxess · Pontiac LeMans · Pontiac Sunbird · Subaru Leone · Toyota Corolla E70 Wagon · Volkswagen Jetta|