For 2003 the Viper got its first redesign in a decade and became a more civilized and refined car in the process.
The original Viper was a brute-force machine designed for the racetrack, available as a roadster or, starting in 1998, as a coupe.
It was quick, loud, and brash, lacking even such basics as roll-up windows and exterior door handles.
The tight, confining cockpit was furnished with cheap-feeling materials.
Later models received some incremental refinements.
The noise from the V10 engine was loud and not especially invigorating, and the clutch was extremely heavy.
Handling was capable but lacked finesse.
The Viper was dropped from 2011-2012 but came back as a 2013 as SRT Viper.