One of less exploited benefits of the DaimlerChrysler marriage was McLaren sprinkling a little bit of it magic over the Chrysler line-up. Unlike Carroll Shelby , it seems McLaren was not willing to soil its name by a few hopped-up economy cars. The only exception to this was when the racecar maker laid its hands on the Dodge Viper for American Specialty Cars (ASC).
The ASC Diamondback Viper was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, and now three years later it can be taken home by the first person to cough up $295,000. The car includes a carbon fiber roof, deck lid, rockers, fascia inserts, body trim and hood with ten Can-Am style trumpeted air intakes. This all resulted in the in about 85 lbs of savings, which results in a car that goes from 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds (about the same as a factory-fresh $85,000 2008 Dodge Viper .)