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DRIVETIME: MOTORING: Dodge has bite of the Viper.

Byline: STEWART SMITH

NEWS DODGE TOMAHAWK CHRYSLER'S outrageous Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk is to go into limited production as nothing more than a hugely-expensive ornament.

DaimlerChrysler says it has commissioned a hand-built reproduction of the four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle that was shown at this year's Detroit motor show.

The Tomahawk replica, sculpted out of aluminium around a V-10 Dodge Viper engine with a potential speed of 420 miles per hour, will be sold through the American Neiman Marcus Christmas book, published this week.

The reproduction is priced at a hefty $555,000 (pounds 300,000), combining art-deco styling with extreme engineering.

It will be made by the firm that built the original as a piece of automotive sculpture and is intended for display only, as it will not be fully operational and cannot be legally driven on public roads anyway.

In addition to the vehicle commissioned for Neiman Marcus, another nine may be produced, with delivery guaranteed 90 days after a sizeable deposit is handed over.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 24, 2003
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