• Sep 11, 2012
The good people at Motor Trend met up with Tom Gale at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to discuss the new SRT Viper. As you may recall, Gale was one of the designers instrumental in penning the exterior of the first generation bruiser.

How does he feel about the successor to the throne he helped build? Gale says he likes how the new Viper pays homage to its RT/10 and GTS Coupe forebearers. This is despite the fact that Gale had no input on the final design of the new model, though he says he "thinks the world of Ralph [Gilles]."

Gale went on to give the new Viper a quick design analysis, praising it for retaining the near-vertical A-pillar of its predecessor while pushing the aesthetics forward with more modern touches. You can head on over to the Motor Trend site to read the interesting interview, but before you do, be sure to vote in our Viper poll below.


Which is better, Gale's original Viper or the new SRT?
The original 4009 (43.8%)
The new SRT 5144 (56.2%)


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      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would you use a picture of the GTS-R concept, which previewed the 3rd generation car when you're discussing the opinions of the 1st and 5th generation cars?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel the original had far more of an impact for car enthusiasts back in mid 1990's than the new one is having today. Of course the new one is updated and looks a bit better suited to today's tastes, but the original made much more of a statement. The fact it continued to be a relevant car in racing and performance for so long, even taking the Ring record at it's end is a testament to just how great that car was.
        Marcel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Indeed, there will be always something special about the old one. Looking at the orginal one without any emotions I still think it's better looking with it's more clean lines.
      Darrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I refuse to vote.
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original is better simply because of the fact that it was a completely brand new and fresh design when it came out. The new one, although impressive, is merely adopting and evolving the already existing design.
      The Truth
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Viper is a very refined design. It's also an evolution of something we've been seeing for 20 or so years. Back when the original debuted, it was wild and aggressive- a concept car come to life, You can debate which is the better design but tghe impact of the original can't be argued.
      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think it's a case of which is better, ALL of the Vipers have been incredible and looked great for their time with the newest one upholding that tradition.
      Vettro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are we talking about the original and newest Viper when the featured picture is neither one. Usually I'm not a critic of the articles but this doesn't make since. On another note - the first Gen is my favorite. It is hard to beat the original because the new SRT Viper can never be as ground breaking (especially if it barrows as much of the design) as the original.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love what Ralph is doing to Chrysler designs, but there'll always be only one Tom Gale. It's great that Toms' son Jeff is also a designer within Chrysler (lead exterior designer for the Challenger and last gen Charger among other things), but he's way more similar to Ralphs' style than to his dad. As for the pole, I love both Vipers equally!
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      So all in all, I have no vote. They need an "I love them all" option
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      New viper design isn't revolutionary. It doesn't look bad, but it reminds me of too many other cars...but the profile is gorgeous and definitely unique to the Viper REAR END = Maserati Gran Turismo + Audi S4 FRONT END = Ferrari California + Mercedes SLS
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the new one alright, except for the Ferrari-esqe headlights. And the LED DRL/running lights? That ship has sailed.
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      My favorite will always be the Gen IV but ive got respect for any Viper. So long as it holds a massive V10, side exhaust, and the raw brutal power. Its always been sort of a league of its own, it stood out from the rest of the supercar crowd and i admired that. It made its own trends instead of following others. Its a car that demands respect, thats not afraid to kick the drivers butt if you treat it wrong. As long as it always carries that Viper look that everyone recognizes and carries that intimating charm that we've all come to know. I think the Gen V deserves to wear that Viper badge just as much as the original GTS did in '96. Long live Viper.