Dodge Copperhead

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Dodge Copperhead
Dodge copperhead.jpg
Manufacturer DaimlerChrysler
Also called Dodge Concept Car
Dodge Concept Vehicle
Production 1997
Body and chassis
Class sports car
Body style roadster
Layout FR layout
Engine 2.7L LH DOHC V6, 220 hp
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2794.0 mm[1]
Length 4242 mm
Width 1829 mm
Height 1262 mm
Curb weight 1295 kg

The Dodge Copperhead, also known as the Dodge Concept Car and Dodge Concept Vehicle, was a concept car[2] created by Dodge as a slimmed-down version of the Dodge Viper for buyers who couldn't afford the Viper's $75,000 cost.


The Dodge Copperhead was unveiled at the 1997 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[3][4] Many reviewers[who?] were impressed with its aerodynamic, yet rugged styling with its Copper Fire Orange color[4] and the fact that its sale price would be about $30,000 USD ($45,000 less than the Viper). The Copperhead, unlike the Viper, was made more for handling and driving pleasure, while the Viper was made more for raw power. The Copperhead had excellent handling due to its low, wide stance. Dodge engineered the Copperhead to make the driver feel the road and the pavement, and this was done by stretching the wheels to the end of the frame, adding 5" of ground clearance and a stiff suspension, making this car marketed more towards enthusiasts. The Dodge concept was due to be released in 2000.

Name controversy[edit]

After the unveiling of the Copperhead, Dodge received complaints from another company[who?] that held the rights to the "Copperhead" name. As a result, DaimlerChrysler unofficially renamed the car, with it being referred to as the "Concept Vehicle" instead of "Copperhead" in press kits, scale toys, and other merchandise. This made press kits or items with the Copperhead name collectibles. The Dodge Copperhead makes an appearance in Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2 and is known as the "Concept Car".

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "1997 Dodge Copperhead Concept". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Comparison: Dodge Copperhead Concept Vs. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dodge Copperhead Concept". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "1997 Dodge Copperhead". Retrieved 30 November 2012.