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Dodge Viper

In the U.S. version exhaust will led front laterally to the outside.

Chrysler Dodge Viper
Model designations
EngineV ten-cylinder (90°)
Bore * stroke101,6 mm * 98,6 mm (1994)
CrankshaftBeared sixfold
Cylinder blockLight alloy
Compression ratio9,1 : 1 (1994)
Engine controlOHV (chain) -two valves
Ignition order1 - 10 - 9 - 4 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 8 - 7 - 2
Ignition angle90° and 54°
DrivetrainFront engine with rear-wheel drive, locking differential
Wheelbase2.444 mm
Turning circle12.400 mm
Front suspensionTriangular wishbone
Rear suspensionTriangular wishbone
Wheels f/r275/40 ZR 17 (10")/
335/35 ZR 17 (13")
Rims/TyresBound to running direction
BodyGRP on steel tubular space frame
Length4.480 mm
Width1.924 mm
Height1.190 mm
Luggage compartment565 liter
Payload183 kg
Kerb weight1567 kg incl. driver
Tank capacity83 liter
Top speed
Purchase price165.000 DM (Coupe 1996)
Construction period
Electric system12 V/ 88 Ah/ 120 A (1994)

2011 production tentatively set ...

We have compiled here the data of the Viper from three model lines. So you are able to detect the rapid development of this sports car. Also a few special features of the V10 power train maybe become apparent, e.g. that with 90° bank angle no uniform angular ignition spacing is possible. Unless you give each piston its own crank.

This number of cylinders is somewhat surprising but big V8 with up to 7.7 liters displacement come very close to him. Usually more cylinders rotate higher with the same capacity, but also this is not the case at this engine. So then also this drivetrain except F1 engines, remains unique for a long time. And as a ohv engine in any case.

Would be there a V8, you could consider the Viper as plagiarism of the Corvette. After all, it, too, has a body made of plastic and of course independent suspension. But it distances itself with the mighty performance and never automatic transmission, though indeed also in almost double the purchase price. However, by such a torque the gearbox gets a gear changing, not easy to handle.

Although it sounds different in the brochure, it seems with the ease to use the Viper, but not to be so far afield. Clutch and gear changing take their toll. As an unpractised driver one should also not search so ingenuous the limit range in the driving behaviour. That's what happens when you designate a sports car after a to three feet long poisonous snake. Nevertheless, the black skin suits the car much better than the green. 11/13               Top of page               Index
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