It has been announced that Chrysler have ordered that several of their original 1992 Dodge Vipers are to be crushed.
Chrysler gave a high number of these vehicles to schools about 10 years ago for the schools to use for educational purposes, but they now claim that they are no longer valid to be used for educational purposes. These Vipers can no longer be used on the road as they do not comply with current regulations.
The original Viper does not have emissions controls and also does not have speed limiters which mean it is illegal to use on the roads. Due to the lack of any speed limiter, the Viper is capable of doing 0-60km in under 4 seconds and this car is fitted with an 8.0L V10 engine which offers 400bhp.
There are some real Viper enthusiasts who are upset that this iconic car which is worth more than $250,000 is just getting crushed rather than Chrysler selling the cars and using the money for a good cause or to input back into the schools.
Chrysler had this to say on the issue: “Approximately 10 years ago, Chrysler Group donated a number of Dodge Viper vehicles to various trade schools for educational purposes. As part of the donation process, it is standard procedure and stipulated in our agreements that whenever vehicles are donated to institutions for education purposes that they are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes.”
The Chrysler Group also claim that the equipment used on these cars are out of date and no longer used on cars that the students will work with and they feel no need to save this particular model.
This vehicle is no longer sold as the Dodge Viper as the current version is marketed as the SRT Viper. This version has an 8.4L V10 engine which has 600bhp.
What do you think Chrysler should do with the vehicles and if they sold them where do you think the money should go?
Watch the video below regarding the potential crushing of these Dodge Vipers: