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CHRYSLER TO BUILD VIPER GTS COUPE

 DETROIT, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling it "the most natural extension of the Viper concept," Chrysler President Robert A. Lutz announced today that the company will develop the Dodge Viper GTS Coupe, first shown last year as an auto show concept, for production beginning in early 1996.
 Like its roadster sibling, positive response from the public persuaded Chrysler (NYSE: C) to build Viper GTS Coupe, said Lutz.
 "GTS is, first and foremost, a serious driving car. There are no gratuitous high-tech electronics. It's just the straight-forward Viper formula at melding man and machine for pure driving pleasure."
 The Dodge Viper roadster debuted as a production car in 1992. Like Viper GTS Coupe, it was first shown as an auto show concept car -- in 1989. The public response was overwhelming, as sports car enthusiasts from around the world sent in letters of encouragement -- many with checks or cash as down payments.
 Viper is sold out for 1994, and orders for 1995 models will be taken by Dodge dealers beginning later this month.
 "Once again with GTS," said Lutz, "it's been the positive response from the public that's persuaded us that this car simply has to be built."
 GTS will be developed over the next two years with a small team of about 50 people, for a relatively modest investment of $20 million. It will be assembled with the Viper roadster at the New Mack Avenue Viper Assembly Plant in Detroit.
 The GTS is much more than a Viper with a top. Along with a hard top that sports unique twin blisters, the GTS will feature a new chassis and suspension, while an air scoop, integrated rear spoiler, rear exhaust and unique road wheels set it apart from the roadster. Inside, a new instrument panel will feature a passenger airbag, a new steering wheel with driver airbag, and where Viper had side curtains, GTS features power windows.
 GTS will have a top end of 180-plus miles per hour, compared to 165 on the Viper.
 "In a nut shell, the GTS is meant for the enthusiast who wants more of an all-weather performance car," said Lutz.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo of the Viper GTS Coupe will be transmitted on AP PhotoExpress today. See photo PRN1.
 In addition, the photo is available at no charge to any media with a telephoto receiver or electronic darkroom (PC or Macintosh) that can accept overhead transmissions. To retrieve the photo, please call 214-416-3686./
 /CONTACT: Mike Aberlich of Chrysler, 810-576-8094/
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