Since the early 1990s, American-car lovers have enjoyed the outrageously sporty Dodge Viper. From the concept model that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 1989 to the most recent iteration, the Viper has remained an iconic sports car in the U.S. Following recent contract negotiations, though, it’s become clear that the Dodge Viper won’t be produced after 2017, signifying the end of an era.
Car fans first feasted their eyes on the Dodge Viper as the 1980s came to a close. Chrysler featured the Viper as a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in 1989 to impressed crowds. Its potent V10 engine and muscular body made the Viper an immediate attention-grabber, and few were surprised when the car went into production three years later.
After the first Viper line was released in 1992, the sports car was updated several times throughout its life. Redesigns in 1996, 2003, 2008 and 2013 carried the Chrysler concept into the 21st century. Despite a brief hiatus in production during 2010, the Viper has continually thrilled car owners around the world.
The news about the car’s dwindling days was found within a contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Automobile Workers Union that was recently negotiated. According to the contract, new vehicles will no longer be produced at FCA’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit, where the Viper has historically been hand-built by a team of 80 employees. By the time 2017 rolls around, fresh Viper models will be a thing of the past.