The Original 1992 Dodge Viper Was a Ridiculously Basic, Dangerous Sports Car

Doug DeMuro

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    The original Dodge Viper is a special car -- and today I'm reviewing the 1992 Viper. First I'll take you on a tour of this special Viper and show you all the quirks and features of one of the original Dodge Viper models built; then I'll get the Viper on the road and drive it -- and I'll let you know what it's like behind the wheel of Dodge's modern muscle car, the 1992 Viper RT/10.
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    1. Heather Spoonheim

      Question for Doug. I understand why brands like Jeep, Cadillac and maybe Dodge have been maintained - but with so many companies being acquired, why maintain legacies such as Mercury, Buick, Pontiac, etc? We always knew that certain cars like the Comet were offered as the Maverick, but why did car companies maintain legacy branding for so long? I think this is an excellent topic for More Doug DeMuro, and given your history with cars, I think you are a great resource for an answer to this.

    2. Fernando Lopez

      brb guys gonna get a gen 1 viper for free

    3. Heather Spoonheim

      I thought the Viper was incredible - but even if I won the lottery back then, I would have never paid that much for a Dodge. I don't remember the original price, but I do remember thinking that Dodge was out of its league. Today, I think that was the point. This was their way of stretching the Overton window on domestic car pricing. I don't think the Ford GT would exist without the Viper coming first. Sadly, I don't think that Dodge capitalized on stretching that window as much as their competitors.

    4. Victor Trense

      Cool car but those panel gaps

    5. whatever57010

      I love how the trunk is the most secure place 😄 I guess you don't want your hostage escaping 🤪🤣

    6. Mitch Reilly

      Doug: This is last car like this that will ever come from a major automaker Carrera GT: Am I a joke to you?

      1. M D

        ? That car had alot of features and safety measures.

    7. hapwn

      Truly an all American car! 🇺🇸😎💪

    8. Derek Manning

      @25:28 Peterson team - wtf doug? You just blew by us there in a museum car...

    9. Watching Yourvideo

      Needs the factory yellow wheels like on Vegas vacation

    10. d s

      The door-mounted seatbelts were a cheap approach to passive restraints. The idea was that you were supposed to leave them latched all the time. When you open the door, you had just enough room to wiggle out from under the seatbelts.

    11. Kwabena de la sankofa

      the last American pure sports car; makes a C8 look like just what is, an overgrown slot car;

    12. Shooter McG

      Nerd alert

    13. Preston Rodenkirch

      Best drift car EVER! Forget those 4WD rice burners you see in Tokyo Drift. This baby could lap them in less than 10 laps. The definition of orgasmic driving.

    14. Giovanni Miorandi

      What a shtty car always hated and now even more, its a total waste

    15. Fluttrshy Pony

      Doug is the type of guy who can read brochures

    16. DC 421

      If it doesn't have AC why does it have an AC panel?

    17. Carsten

      Only in the us, you call a viper a "small sportscar". Me looking at my caterham -.-

    18. PunkyB 88

      That stray hair on the left side of dougs head is driving me mad 🙁

    19. Trevor Evans

      I always loved the look of that thing and lusted after one, until I had a chance to drive one and thought it was the most impractical thing ever made. Got a Mustang

    20. S W

      Doug: "i hate that it doesn't even have door handles" (15 minutes later) Doug: "I love that it doesn't even have door handles"... Idiot.

    21. Michael Borneman

      No security? Easy to get into?... that's just a normal dodge.

    22. Zoe meow

      It's amazing 😍💖✨✨✨

    23. C. Fecteau-AU-MJ13

      Doug's the type of guy who trades in quality of life after the accident for quality of drive just prior to it.

    24. Aerovette1

      This guy's a dork

    25. reddogbullcat

      This MoFo is worried about Safety... Made me wonder if the adults of the 90’s were truly the last free, brave, down to earth generation

    26. Gonken88

      It's the most typical American "sportscar"; big engine, heavy in the front, light at the rear, no downforce, shitty stiff suspension and unknown top speed. They basically just asked a 10 y/o paint a car with crayons, made a real life prototype and put a big engine in it.

    27. HC DaVe

      finally been waiting 4 this i had this as a toy will always have a soft spot 4 Vipers

    28. Tony Griffin

      Wow, the YUGO of sports cars!

    29. Jono Newman

      insurance companies must've loved it...

    30. CSRB

      Imagine watching this in 100 years. Damn we were dumb. The pyramids still aren’t explained.

    31. Land Nok


    32. JoeTFishing

      I think I saw one on the road once. Never even saw any at all the car shows and cruise-ins I've been to. After seeing this video, talk about a colossal money-grab it was.

    33. Matt Y

      The the moral of the story is, this car is a death trap😂

    34. Philippe Martins

      Simple but so perfect 👌

    35. ws how

      No "Windows"? No need for virus scan. Cool.


      Top Gear N64 anyone?

    37. Leandre Texier

      here's how you should drive viper

    38. Epic LEGO

      A car with no windows! Did it have Linux?

    39. Preproto


    40. donnafromnyc

      Sounds like a 1963-67 Corvette with side pipes and customized with no windows or door handles. He wouldn't like the exposed screws and no side pockets on it either. Whaddya think the floor was for?

    41. Jul P

      8:41 Doug said : "This is an open vehicle, please drive carefully" but what is actually written is : "This is an Open Vehicle -- Drive Carefully" (there is no please)


      No abs, no traction control, no airbags, no ac, no hood release cable....this is like every pre 80's muscle car....why so impressed?

    43. Sincopare

      LOL Watching you drive it away from the Museum. I wonder how large the deposit was to take it for a ride?

    44. Glenn Shoemake

      I remember in summer 1994 driving a Chevrolet Camaro getting passed by one of these cars on I75 and thinking to myself, let me try and catch up. As soon as I got behind him, he hit the accelerator hard and left me like I was sitting still. I remember the huge width of those rear tires. Great memory!

    45. Invocated Agitator

      "THISSss is 1992 Dodge Viper THE original... and I, Doug Demuro, am in an aquarium!"

    46. Joe Mama

      Anyone remember that bad TV show "Viper" in the early 90's starring a Dodge Viper? The car could change color and style, but it was never clear why the guy driving it ever really needed to do that.

    47. tannerin

      i can’t get over the complete lack of security on such a stealable car

    48. Saiful Adli Azahari

      hey doug, review the lightning mcqueen next. heheheh

    49. Christopher King

      Oh I remember..... We all knew who had the coke in the 90's because a certain person's Viper would be in their driveway.

    50. Erik Mason

      Still love this car my dream car

    51. Mario Williams

      This car came out when I was 11 years old, and I instantly fell in love. I believe the first time I saw it was on the cover of Road and Track so many years ago. It's awesome seeing a review like this, and I learned some things that I did not know. Thank you Boss, you just earned a sub from me 👍🏾

    52. Max Harris

      fckn drive it!

    53. Tonberry Hunter

      I had a pretty large scale diecast model of this first gen Viper as a kid in the early 90s. Boy was that my most prized toy. I wish I still had it.

    54. Skodz Gaming

      Wtf interior is crazy cheap

    55. 63FalconHT

      I'm not sure why anyone would let you film a video in their car so you could crap talk it for 20 minutes. it's amazing how little you know about early 90s auto tech. things that seems shocking to you were pretty common place in 1992. ABS, air bags, traction control. options on some cars. the lever to remove a key, like every Ford built in the 80s and early 90s had that button. should named this video i'm confused by stuff from before my time.

    56. Adam Caswell

      I remember seeing the Viper for the first time on the cover of Popular Mechanics in ‘92. I wanted one then (I was 14) and still want one today.

    57. Josh Marcelino

      No air conditioning but it has knobs and vents???

    58. olosnah1

      if you need the ABS and other junk... you are not a real Driver. period.

    59. pat jones

      I made it to 11:10. I don't know why I even tried to listen to this idiot. I really don't like any of these guys who get ahold of something, just anything, and act like they are the foremost expert on it. After a while they start sounding like what thy are, and that is self important bozos. This guy needs to quit worrying about this Viper and get into his Volvo wagon and go back to his apartment and leave the critique to people who are passionate about cars and would give an honest look at what is is supposed to be, and that's a weekend sports car for people who might appreciate it. NOT someone wondering where you are going to put junior and sissy in the back seat and where to put the groceries. I didn't make it that far into this, but I am sure that was next....

    60. olosnah1

      100% pure awesome. Why would anyone want ANY of the modern "safety" garbage.

    61. Tom Selick

      Ha! They installed door locks bc of the seat belt location

    62. Άληστος

      gran turismo 1-2 players still remember these licenses

    63. Greg C

      What is that orange car at about 1:44? The one with what appears to be a slide out engine?

    64. Steven Irby

      In the software world, this is what call an MVP (minimal viable product).

    65. pcallah

      Why the Viper never caught on is beyond me. Perhaps because you had to know how to actually "drive" a car. Could be the last American car made that right off the dealer lot it would scare the hell out of you. Just like growing old the Dodge Viper ain't for pussies.

    66. foosmonkey

      No AC, no storage compartments, just a loud stereo and an ashtray 😎🚬

    67. Anthony Richardson

      I had a friend who owned one of these. It was a SPECTACULAR car!!!!!!!!!!!

    68. D M

      How can you only get 400bhp out of an 8 litre engine? Does it red-line at 2000rpm?

    69. GT 43

      All cars used to be like that, without all the electronic safety stuff.

      1. Steve D

        Yes and then they got better. Don't get me wrong, I love my classics, but they're not safe or efficient.

    70. KÏd BÚddŸ

      God first time seeing this was the nutty professor😂😂

    71. RMAURICIO1969

      So many good things that came out of the 80's and 90's this car isn't one of them.

    72. LBARecords

    73. CR3W1SH03S

      It's raw... that's it.

    74. CR3W1SH03S

      Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!

    75. SHES A. MAN

      You really got to drive a viper on Fairfax

    76. SHES A. MAN

      I want it now

    77. T¡nfo¡l Hat

      Has ashtray though

    78. T¡nfo¡l Hat

      I took one out one night for a joy ride with a buddy drunk as hell. We didnt die but came close. Did donuts in another guys yard for giggles.

    79. Fore Dee

      Dodge Viper and TVR: the "git gud"s of the automotive world.

    80. Skinnex

      These windows must be the most random car fact ever Friends and family, prepare to be annoyed

    81. Thomas Simeth

      You should really consider adding a startup/sound shot of the cars to your videos.

    82. Vincent Mazzoli

      hey doug can you review the tacoma from the 90's

    83. JAY HARDEN

      24:00 *cocks gun.."a bra let me take a ride witcha"

    84. Brian O'Shea

      About as much security as a Jeep Wrangler with a soft top on.

    85. Inspector Kemp

      TALKS way too much, verbose and repeats

    86. Tom Finn

      You point out air conditioning and air bags not being provided as if that's some weird thing. I was buying cars back then, and most of the cars on the lot had neither one. You could of course get them but you paid extra.

    87. Mihai Guy


    88. CamdenBloke

      I feel like you'd want to just weld the door shut and hop in and out Dukes of Hazzard style.

    89. CamdenBloke

      I vaugly remember a tv show called 'Viper'. It was a dodge viper that could transform or something.

    90. Boris Os

      I don't understand the obsession with security from 4:15 - 8-ish. So the car is made for rides out of the garage to the countryside, maybe an exclusive club with attended parking, or the race track and back to your garage. Anyone determined to steal it from there also has means to break many a security feature.

    91. Jeffrey Kielwasser

      My father in law worked at the proving grounds,and scrapped out several in his 32 years there.

    92. gary cooper

      Sorry. Could not finish watching this. Most irritating voice on you tube.

    93. TheNitroG1

      ok is the priority for the 1992 dodge viper. 1.big engine styling 3. safety lock on the ignition key 4. snake skin hood badge... I guess.

    94. TheNitroG1

      how is it every copy of this car hasn't been stolen? security probably super easy to hot wire and at the time it was one of the most desirable cars you could buy.

      1. Alex Fontainne

        nobody needs dirty viper parts, furthermore, no free lunch is worth a fiery death

    95. dachanist

      It isn't Chrysler/Dodge. It's Dodge Chrysler. Those aren't two trademarks, they are instructions.

    96. Grizzly Cali

      Would've been better off building a Shelby kit car instead of this if you had the money back in '92

    97. Laurens Woltermann

      So... The weight saving battle for commercial sport/super cars actually started here?!

    98. lloyd l

      love the in-depth review.

    99. Kai Fulci

      if its the fifth one why does it say #2 in the glove box? just curious

    100. Chester Callahan

      The Dodge Stealth and Mitsubishi 3000GT always reminded me of the Viper. Sort of the polar opposite though with technology they were loaded with most modern technology for the day. Obviously, I'm talking about the turbo awd models not the base models.

      1. M D

        True, the problem is those early tech years were very problematic and unreliable. Cool cars in their own right, but very different from the viper.