Dodge Viper: The Full Story of the World’s First V10 Sports Car (2020)

Viper book review from AutoExpressIf you have any corrections, additions, or updates, please contact me directly from the form on my home page. Note that the softcover version has been updated to avoid these issues.

Jim Donnelly wrote: “In 136 hardcover pages, it tells the story of how the odd couple of Bob Lutz and Francois Castaing brainstormed this Cobra revival, and goes through all the engineering studies, which sadly included a stillborn mid-engine prototype. The full lineup of models, appointments, and the Viper’s impressive competition heritage are discussed in depth. This title comes from Veloce Publishing; we like it because it stands as an easily read model history and a very good quickie reference guide to the wild cars.”

Classic & Sports Car: “a well-rounded and enjoyable book”

Retro Speed: “a great value, 136-page book, full of colour and written with an obvious passion. It also tells the reader everything he/she needs to know about what we may soon regard as the last real American rebel. I give it five stars, to go with the stripes.” wrote: ... “The many color photos and the useful index complete this fantastic book. Just like the Viper, gorgeous! ”

TXGarage wrote: ... “In its 132 pages, Zatz carefully documents the Viper’s development and subsequent offshoots. And while the Viper was first and foremost an engineering exercise, never – in my memory – has so much ink been devoted to an automotive concept; when first revealed, the Viper was still several years from production, and you would have thought the automotive buff books had – collectively – seen the second coming of Jesus.”

AutoWeek wrote: “... with the Viper out of production for a few years now, perhaps it is time to take stock of just what it has achieved for ChryslerDodge, and SRT, but without the rose-tinted glasses.”

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Updates and corrections from Dick Winkles

Dick Winkles worked on the Viper’s powertrain for 21 years, from early in the project (with a six-year break from Viper from late 1993 to 1999) to near the end, when he retired in 2015. His corrections, in some case, conflict with our original sources, including other members of the Viper team and Chrysler press materials, but over time people remember things differently; and Dick is held in high regard by members of the Viper team and others within Chrysler. 

From Maurice Liang

Maurice Liang, a founding member of both major Viper clubs, has written several books about the Dodge Viper, including one where he was embedded in the development process. He pointed out that the Gen II Viper did not have electric-adjustable pedals; it had mechanically adjusting pedals (the Gen III had electric ones). More corrections are coming.

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