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The Defender version of the Viper - from the TV series VIPERViper - Supercharged anti-crime vehicle on the sci-fi police drama VIPER/NBC/1994/SYN/1996-99. Designed by disabled auto wizard Julian Wilkes (Dorian Harewood), the Viper, a modified Dodge Viper sports car roadster, was built for the pursuit and capture of criminals too slippery for ordinary police patrol car chases.

The Viper was equipped with computers; armor plating; morphing circuitry that changed the car's color and shape; side mounted firearms that launched rockets, grappling hooks, and netting; and a flying spy camera.

To drive this dynamo of a car, Wilkes memory wiped the mind of Mob driver Michael Payton and gave him the alternate personality of Joe Astor (James McCaffrey).

A fast-talking scam artist Frankie Waters (Joe Nipote) who worked for the police motor pool provided Wilkes and Astor with inside information.

TRIVIA NOTE: Kelsey Grammer, the star of the NBC sitcom FRASIER was arrested for suspected drunk driving on September 21, 1996 after flipping his Dodge Viper in Agoura Hills, California. He was later admitted to the Betty Ford Center for voluntary substance abuse rehabilitation.


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