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Chrysler Viper

Chrysler’s Viper strikes

is wide, low and aggressive

It’s a RHD Viper!

When the Dodge first struck in 1992, the public went wild for it. But at the Chrysler was looking very ill

Chrysler was bleeding funds than a start-up Telco, and its seller, the Dodge Ram, had a 3.8% market share.

its 1992 debut, a guy called Lutz – you may have of him – had an idea to pull the company out of its financial woes.

It taking the V10 mill from the Ram and a fairly light RWD sports around it. At first, Lutz’ was met with lots of grumbling and but eventually a prototype was built and in 1989 and, when the got hold of an all-American Lambo Chrysler was back in business.

who saw the design loved it – the American and international press.

forward 10 years and the legendary car is finally being officially at Chrysler dealerships around called the Chrysler Viper.

Unveiled at the Sydney Motor Australia’s first shipment of RHD will total just 20 this year.

The conversion left to right-hand-drive is carried out at the the Factory in Melbourne and involves the

Steering . The RHD Chrysler steering is a one-piece construction, which is to the chassis and X-rayed. The wheel process includes adjustment of steer.

Brake/Clutch/Accelerator Pedals . the process the position of the pedal is such that it gives a in line position to the bodyline. All new lines are checked with an and positioned so if they require major components do not need to be

Dash Assembly . A number of have been refined for appeal and to enable access to in the dash without removing the assembly. The air bag cut off switch has been and the dash panel has no provision for the as Australian Design Rules do not this feature.

Heater/Air-conditioning . The components have transformed and refined into a new box to provide more efficient and cooling.

Centre Console . The handbrake and ashtray have repositioned to accommodate RHD. A new cover has been manufactured.

. The radio is modified by Alpine to meet local reception

Exterior Mirrors . The glass is to meet local regulations and the on the left side of the vehicle is on the door to give the driver a #147;field of vision#148; in the RHD position.

. Before the process commences, vehicle has a full DRB3 to ensure full functionality of all When the process is complete the procedure is conducted on the finished

Electrical . To accommodate the transfer the left side to the right some changes are required to the and other minor wiring When the process of modification is the harness is wrapped in a special proof#148; tape.

The engine and transmission remain untouched, which is no great considering the manic shove the generates.

Air intake is through a aluminium manifold with tubes, including an integral rail cored in the castings. The throttle bodies and bottom-fed, fuel injectors control flow and mixture.

The engine’s aluminium pistons are set in cast liners. The aluminium cylinder features a conventional two valves per with higher-revving dual springs.

Chrysler Viper

Displacing 488 cubic or 8.0-litres, the Chrysler Viperheart and soul is basically a truck engine. Comprising a overhead camshaft and just two per cylinder, on paper at least, the appear dated.

But when a car can to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds and a quarter mile dash in 12.8 seconds, who cares if the is dated. Many enthusiasts say that its old-school rumble from idle to the rev limiter is part of the Viper’s charm.

Peak power hits as the mill touches 5200rpm, a delightful 336kW of power. only 36kW more the HSV GTS, you may say. True, but as is the case, torque figures the real story, with the Viper generating some more than the flagship

A license-voiding 664Nm hits at a low 3700rpm, and is likely to induce cases of whiplash if not applied care.

Putting such amounts of power to the ground can be so a special heavy-duty 6-speed was designed to deal with the torque levels the Viper’s manages.

But equally important in the power down are the wheels, as of traction (aka wheelspin) is a in maintaining consistent lap times or runs. Sitting on 18-inch aluminium wheels, the Viper 275/35 ZR18s up front and P335/30 ZR18s at the rear.

The Viper also has an impressive distribution, with 48/52 front and rear and with independent suspension front and plus power-assisted rack-and-pinion a driving experience like no is all but written into the warranty.

Four-wheel vented disc (with ABS) help maximum driver control hard, high-performance driving. The public relations folk reckon the way the weight shifts the rear of the car during takeoff and acceleration provides better for the rear wheels, hence sprint times.

Judith the MD of Chrysler Jeep Australia had to say at the Sydney Motor Show: is the first time the US has approved a RHD refinish program to be conducted of the US. This is a re-affirmation of Detroit’s to the Australian market.

We are very about the Viper program. A of 64 local produced parts, are to exacting specifications of the original has been used and in some the local parts have further refined to a higher by the Viperformance Factory, said Ms

The Viperformance team understands the that goes hand in with ownership of a Viper and hand build each Every detail of the Viper has checked for maximum functionality and performance.

With just 20 on sale throughout Australia at with most headed for the states, you’d want to be to register your interest. also want extremely pockets as the convertible Chrysler costs a bit over $270,000, the hard-topped coupe fetches

Still, it marks a milestone for in Australia and have the local in a twist. That said, has already declared its plans to a similarly priced ($250,000+) V8 Monaro, which could pip the almighty Viper in the woah-to-go Could this be the start of a supercar war Down Under?

things have happened.

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