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

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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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Runtime: 28:05


Krells 10
Krells 10 - 2 timer siden
Features and comfort should've been 1/10, just saying 🤷.
Fleshaga - 11 timer siden
Doug for president.
Soundwave Superior
Soundwave Superior - 15 timer siden
Government: How unsafe are you gonna make this car?
Chrysler: Yes
Eduardo Araujo
Eduardo Araujo - Dag siden
To be fair, on top of the dashboard are not exposed screws. Those are snap buttons to fit a cockpit cover to protect the interior from rain kind of like a speedboat.
William Hammond
William Hammond - Dag siden
So why exactly did they bother with door locks?
Admiral Lemons
Admiral Lemons - Dag siden
Doug’s high school grad quote was “In 14 years, Check out Cars and Bids”
Jorge Gabriel Garofalo Torres
A Dodge viper of the 90s. Man I love dodge vipers it is one my favorite cars.❤❤❤❤
JacksonKnives - Dag siden
13:30 The original Saturn had a similar "automatic seatbelt feature." Surprised it wasn't covered by a patent, maybe it's a lot older than I'm aware of.
Anyhow, it was a worse idea than Doug thinks: you'd not only be un-restrained if the door opens; the story I heard is that some people actually got their necks caught in the belt in a crash and were literally strangled by the seatbelt.
Adàn Villa
Adàn Villa - Dag siden
That how sport cars should be, no electronics, the point is to tame machine that can kill you anytime.
Adàn Villa
Adàn Villa - Dag siden
I'm ok with No Windows as long as is a V10 or high revving V8.
Kon Kidis
Kon Kidis - Dag siden
No windows lol
GROUNDPOUND69 - Dag siden
Windows? Nah. Fuel economy with a V10? Yea.
iNoiizY - 2 dager siden
Why u need a radio when u have a V10?
Heather Spoonheim
Heather Spoonheim - 2 dager siden
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.
Fernando Lopez
Fernando Lopez - 2 dager siden
brb guys gonna get a gen 1 viper for free
Heather Spoonheim
Heather Spoonheim - 2 dager siden
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.
Victor Trense
Victor Trense - 2 dager siden
Cool car but those panel gaps
whatever57010 - 2 dager siden
I love how the trunk is the most secure place 😄
I guess you don't want your hostage escaping 🤪🤣
alif csnajmi
alif csnajmi - 21 time siden
I F O U N D U .. F R I E N D! :D
Mitch Reilly
Mitch Reilly - 3 dager siden
Doug: This is last car like this that will ever come from a major automaker
Carrera GT: Am I a joke to you?
M D - 2 dager siden
? That car had alot of features and safety measures.
hapwn - 3 dager siden
Truly an all American car! 🇺🇸😎💪
Derek Manning
Derek Manning - 3 dager siden
@25:28 Peterson team - wtf doug? You just blew by us there in a museum car...
Watching Yourvideo
Watching Yourvideo - 3 dager siden
Needs the factory yellow wheels like on Vegas vacation
d s
d s - 3 dager siden
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.
Kwabena de la sankofa
Kwabena de la sankofa - 3 dager siden
the last American pure sports car; makes a C8 look like just what is, an overgrown slot car;
Shooter McG
Shooter McG - 4 dager siden
Nerd alert
Preston Rodenkirch
Preston Rodenkirch - 4 dager siden
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.
Giovanni Miorandi
Giovanni Miorandi - 4 dager siden
What a shtty car always hated and now even more, its a total waste
Fluttrshy Pony
Fluttrshy Pony - 4 dager siden
Doug is the type of guy who can read brochures
DC 421
DC 421 - 4 dager siden
If it doesn't have AC why does it have an AC panel?
Carsten - 4 dager siden
Only in the us, you call a viper a "small sportscar". Me looking at my caterham -.-
PunkyB 88
PunkyB 88 - 4 dager siden
That stray hair on the left side of dougs head is driving me mad 🙁
Trevor Evans
Trevor Evans - 5 dager siden
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
S W - 5 dager siden
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"...
Michael Borneman
Michael Borneman - 5 dager siden
No security? Easy to get into?... that's just a normal dodge.
Zoe meow
Zoe meow - 5 dager siden
It's amazing 😍💖✨✨✨
C. Fecteau-AU-MJ13
C. Fecteau-AU-MJ13 - 6 dager siden
Doug's the type of guy who trades in quality of life after the accident for quality of drive just prior to it.
Aerovette1 - 6 dager siden
This guy's a dork
reddogbullcat - 6 dager siden
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
Gonken88 - 6 dager siden
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.
HC DaVe - 6 dager siden
finally been waiting 4 this i had this as a toy will always have a soft spot 4 Vipers
Tony Griffin
Tony Griffin - 6 dager siden
Wow, the YUGO of sports cars!
Jono Newman
Jono Newman - 6 dager siden
insurance companies must've loved it...
CSRB - 6 dager siden
Imagine watching this in 100 years.
Damn we were dumb.
The pyramids still aren’t explained.
Land Nok
Land Nok - 7 dager siden
JoeTFishing - 7 dager siden
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.
Matt Y
Matt Y - 7 dager siden
The the moral of the story is, this car is a death trap😂
Philippe Martins
Philippe Martins - 7 dager siden
Simple but so perfect 👌
ws how
ws how - 7 dager siden
No "Windows"? No need for virus scan. Cool.
Top Gear N64 anyone?
Leandre Texier
Leandre Texier - 7 dager siden
here's how you should drive viper
Epic LEGO - 7 dager siden
A car with no windows! Did it have Linux?
Preproto - 8 dager siden
donnafromnyc - 8 dager siden
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?
Jul P
Jul P - 8 dager siden
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)
BOBBY BUDNIK - 8 dager siden
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?
Sincopare - 8 dager siden
LOL Watching you drive it away from the Museum. I wonder how large the deposit was to take it for a ride?
Glenn Shoemake
Glenn Shoemake - 8 dager siden
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!
Invocated Agitator
Invocated Agitator - 8 dager siden
"THISSss is 1992 Dodge Viper THE original... and I, Doug Demuro, am in an aquarium!"
Joe Mama
Joe Mama - 8 dager siden
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.
tannerin - 8 dager siden
i can’t get over the complete lack of security on such a stealable car
Saiful Adli Azahari
Saiful Adli Azahari - 8 dager siden
hey doug, review the lightning mcqueen next. heheheh
Christopher King
Christopher King - 8 dager siden
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.
Erik Mason
Erik Mason - 8 dager siden
Still love this car my dream car
Mario Williams
Mario Williams - 9 dager siden
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 👍🏾
Max Harris
Max Harris - 9 dager siden
fckn drive it!
Tonberry Hunter
Tonberry Hunter - 9 dager siden
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.
Skodz Gaming
Skodz Gaming - 9 dager siden
Wtf interior is crazy cheap
63FalconHT - 9 dager siden
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.
Adam Caswell
Adam Caswell - 9 dager siden
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.
Josh Marcelino
Josh Marcelino - 9 dager siden
No air conditioning but it has knobs and vents???
olosnah1 - 9 dager siden
if you need the ABS and other junk... you are not a real Driver. period.
pat jones
pat jones - 9 dager siden
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....
olosnah1 - 9 dager siden
100% pure awesome.
Why would anyone want ANY of the modern "safety" garbage.
Tom Selick
Tom Selick - 9 dager siden
Ha! They installed door locks bc of the seat belt location
Άληστος - 9 dager siden
gran turismo 1-2 players still remember these licenses
Greg C
Greg C - 9 dager siden
What is that orange car at about 1:44? The one with what appears to be a slide out engine?
Steven Irby
Steven Irby - 9 dager siden
In the software world, this is what call an MVP (minimal viable product).
pcallah - 9 dager siden
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.
foosmonkey - 9 dager siden
No AC, no storage compartments, just a loud stereo and an ashtray 😎🚬
Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson - 9 dager siden
I had a friend who owned one of these. It was a SPECTACULAR car!!!!!!!!!!!
D M - 9 dager siden
How can you only get 400bhp out of an 8 litre engine?
Does it red-line at 2000rpm?
GT 43
GT 43 - 10 dager siden
All cars used to be like that, without all the electronic safety stuff.
Steve D
Steve D - 8 dager siden
Yes and then they got better. Don't get me wrong, I love my classics, but they're not safe or efficient.
KÏd BÚddŸ - 10 dager siden
God first time seeing this was the nutty professor😂😂
RMAURICIO1969 - 10 dager siden
So many good things that came out of the 80's and 90's this car isn't one of them.
LBARecords - 10 dager siden
CR3W1SH03S - 10 dager siden
It's raw... that's it.
CR3W1SH03S - 10 dager siden
Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!
SHES A. MAN - 10 dager siden
You really got to drive a viper on Fairfax
SHES A. MAN - 10 dager siden
I want it now
T¡nfo¡l Hat
T¡nfo¡l Hat - 10 dager siden
Has ashtray though
T¡nfo¡l Hat
T¡nfo¡l Hat - 10 dager siden
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.
Fore Dee
Fore Dee - 10 dager siden
Dodge Viper and TVR: the "git gud"s of the automotive world.
Skinnex - 10 dager siden
These windows must be the most random car fact ever
Friends and family, prepare to be annoyed
Thomas Simeth
Thomas Simeth - 10 dager siden
You should really consider adding a startup/sound shot of the cars to your videos.
Vincent Mazzoli
Vincent Mazzoli - 11 dager siden
hey doug can you review the tacoma from the 90's
JAY HARDEN - 11 dager siden
24:00 *cocks gun.."a bra let me take a ride witcha"
Brian O'Shea
Brian O'Shea - 11 dager siden
About as much security as a Jeep Wrangler with a soft top on.
Inspector Kemp
Inspector Kemp - 11 dager siden
TALKS way too much, verbose and repeats
Tom Finn
Tom Finn - 11 dager siden
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.
Mihai Guy
Mihai Guy - 11 dager siden
CamdenBloke - 11 dager siden
I feel like you'd want to just weld the door shut and hop in and out Dukes of Hazzard style.