Dodge, part of Stellantis North America, registered the Viper brand in 1992. This model was based on the Mitsubishi 3000GT and was inspired by the design of the legendary British sports car AC Cobra. Its initial version as a concept car appeared in 1989. It was named Copperhead, and now only engines are called that. As of 2021, there are five generations of the Viper with their specifications. The GTS-R and Competition Coupe series cars were often used in motorsport, and on them, riders won prizes on several occasions.
Meaning and History
The design of the early models is due to Tom Gale, who worked for the Chrysler Corporation. But the appearance of the cars would be incomplete if it were not for the iconic Viper logo. The developers changed the brand name several times to make it modern and, in all likelihood, more aggressive. The changes coincided with the release of new versions of the sports car. The third emblem was introduced in 2013 with the introduction of the SRT Viper. But fans were able to see her much earlier – back in 2010 at the Dodge Viper Owners Invitational.
1992 – 2002
The logo for the first Dodge Viper RT / 10 is called the Sneaky Pete. It consists of two main elements: a snake’s head and a triangular heraldic shield with a wide frame. The reptile looks calm and seems to be smiling. Through narrowed eyes, it seems that she is contemplating an insidious plan. The base of the 2D icon is white, and the outline is all black, so the design is as simple as possible. This Viper symbol can still be seen on souvenir clothing.
2003 – 2010
In 2003, the Dodge Viper SRT10 was introduced. Together with it, a new logo appeared, similar to the previous one. The general concept has not changed, but a bold black line has been drawn around the shield’s edge, and the interior has been repainted black. The silhouette of the snake turned white. The head is shown in full face, the mouth is wide open, and four sharp fangs are visible. Because of this, the emblem is informally called Fangs. She adorned sports cars until 2010 when production of the SRT10 ended.
2013 – today
The Stryker logo went public in 2012 with the introduction of the 2013 SRT Viper, designed by Vince Galante, who owns the Viper and is part of the Chrysler design team. He made the snake aggressive: it is noticeable that the Viper is curled up in a ring and is ready to attack the victim.
The base of the drawing is black, and the frame and outlines of the reptile are light grays. The shape of the shield has not changed; only the bottom corner is now sharpened. The image looks more realistic than previous versions.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The new badge, called the Stryker, matches the powerful and aggressive sports cars launched in 2013. According to Vince Galante himself, the lines of the head and body of the snake follow the curves of the cars, which is why they are so smooth. The latest version of the emblem matches the brand name as closely as possible. The designer tried to make the Viper recognizable, although he added a healthy dose of artistic interpretation to the drawing.
There have never been any inscriptions on the Viper logo because it can be recognized without mentioning the brand name. The color scheme has always been limited to a monochrome combination of white and black. The only exception is the modern logo, which uses dark gray instead of white.