AUTOS: A Viper On the Loose

A Viper On the Loose

Chrysler has tantalized car buffs for more than a year with glimpses of a muscular two-seater called the Viper. The roadster won rave reviews at U.S. auto shows, but Chrysler coyly refused to say whether the Viper would ever become a production car. The fan dance ended last Friday when Chairman Lee Iacocca said the company will build the car, but only about 500 annually. Powered by a 400-h.p., ten-cylinder engine, the Viper will be built for speed and handling. Chrysler insiders claim that the car will be able to accelerate like a rocket sled, zooming from 0 to 160 k.p.h....

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