Viper Week: The Very First Dodge Viper revealed & how it got its name

The new 2013 SRT Viper is the 5th generation of the iconic American sports car originally known as the Dodge Viper.

In fact you may not know this but the very first Dodge Viper Roadster wasn’t even a V-10…it was a V-8.

Welcome to TFLcar’s Viper week. Over 5 days we’ll be featuring a new Viper video every day.

Today we continue with a video that profiles the very first Dodge Viper Roadster of them all…as well as the new Viper’s Chief Powertrain engineer.

Why? Because he’s one of the few engineers that’s been with the Viper program at Dodge since 1989 when the very first Dodge Viper Mule was conceived and built.

Check out this video to learn about the early days of the Viper and how it got it’s name.

BTW: Chrysler flew us out to California to test drive the new 2013 SRT Viper. They put us up in a snazzy hotel and even rented Sonoma Raceway to give us a chance to drive the new Viper on the track and they displayed this very first Dodge Viper. Dick Winkles (the Viper’s powertrain engineer we interviewed for this video) was kind enough to share his story with us.