Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper

  The Dodge Viper had four long generations spanning from 1992-2010. There were actually no 2010 models, only extended 2009 models, and 2011 saw zero production Vipers at all. Dodge is planning on picking up the Viper once again in 2012 with a fresh look and feel. The Viper came in two different trims: the SRT10 and the ACR. The 8.4L V10 powered Viper delivered 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque, and was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 0-60mph sprint was done in fewer than four seconds, while the quarter mile came in at 11 seconds. Careful with this one though, it doesn't come with electronic stability control.

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It was created at a time when Chrysler was pretty much as broke as a third world country. Their cars were horrendous boxes on wheels and they could only manage a few miles before breaking down. Needless to say, 1989 was not a good year for the Detroit automaker.

Nonetheless, a crack team of 85 engineers was put to work on one of the most iconic sports cars in our country’s short history. It might not have the same legacy as the Corvette or the Mustang , but the Dodge Viper had something completely different. Insanity.

The Viper was never that good, but that’s why we love it. It didn’t have any fancy toys, or even windows in the early stages, but it was brutally fast and crude in every way. Nothing was quite as fun to drive around a track as the Dodge Viper .

Sadly, its time is at an end. Chrysler may still be making terrible cars, but the rest of the world has moved on. This month will be the last production month for the Viper. We, at TopSpeed, have produced a brief look at the lovable Dodge .

Hit the jump for the rest of the story.

Remember a couple of months ago when we reported that Dodge would allocate 50 Dodge Vipers for a special "Dealer Exclusive Program ?" Well, we have details on one of them: a Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster. This special edition was developed specifically for Woodhouse Dodge in Blair, Neb. There will be only 20 units produced, each carrying a price tag of $107,310.

This special edition includes an adjustable KW suspension, Stoptech rotors, lighter wheels, short shifter, and new fifth and sixth gears. The aerodynamic package includes a new, lower wing and light revisions to the front splitter. It, of course, also has a race yellow clear coat exterior with yellow driver’s stripe.

Woodhouse is the dealer that will get the most units allocated from this program because it has sold more Vipers than any other dealer with more than 75% of them modified. That’s quite a record for a small town with only 7,500 people.

Source: Autoweek

Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles is behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper ACR-X in this video taken at the Virgina International Raceway. This video shows Gilles reaching 165 mph in around 1 minute and 35 seconds, while Powertrain Communications Manager Nick Cappa shoots the video and holds on for dear life.

The special edition Dodge Viper ACR-X is powered by the same SRT developed 8.4 Liter V10 as the standard super car, except that a set of factory tuned headers and a less restrictive exhaust system give the ACR-X a 40 HP kick in the pants meaning that there is a total of 640 HP on tap. Combine that with a weight savings of 160 pounds despite the addition of a roll cage and you’ve got an even more challenging track ready machine. The car is priced at $110,000.

This car look familiar to any of you? Okay, it’s not so much the car – that’s a Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X - as it is the livery that it comes in. If you’re having trouble racking your brains, then we’ll save you the trouble.

The racing livery this Viper comes in is almost identical to the one that artist Jeff Koons used for his BMW M3 GT2 Art Car that participated at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans just last month. Even better, at least for this Viper ACR-X, this one fared much better than the original, winning the inaugural Dodge Viper Cup at the Virginia International Raceway over the weekend.

Driven by racer Ben Keating, the Art Car-looking Viper ACR-X finished first in the flag to flag race, culminating in a photo finish with the second place vehicle driven by Jeff Courtney.

We don’t know what the boys from BMW are feeling since the livery of their Art Car has already spawned an imitation. And the best part is, the livery copycat already did what the original couldn’t do: win a race.

Source: Chrysler

The Dodge Viper just saw it end as the last one rolled off the production line earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean the sports car isn’t going to go out in a bang. This bang will come in the form of a special Cup Series that will start tomorrow at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va. and will continue through the entire summer. The series will finally end on October 24 when the race will finish at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV.

At this weekend’s race there will be 12 Dodge Viper ACR-X race cars that are signed up and ready to race. The winner of this competition will receive a prize of $7,500.

"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is designed and built specifically for the race track," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. "Now with VERSUS on board, race fans will have the opportunity to see our untamed and unmatched road-racing machine along with some of our talented Viper owner/drivers compete on five of the best road courses in the county as part of the Dodge Viper Cup series."

Press release after the jump.

It’s time to say goodbye to the current generation Dodge Viper . The last unit rolled out of the production plant in Detroit and rolled into the garage of D’Ann Rauh, who by the way has an impressive collection of 40 Dodge Vipers - the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

She opted for a custom bronzed gold exterior paint and a custom interior that features various leather appointments, which were crafted by Tony Spampinito from Venzano. The exterior is also decorated with custom-painted copper stripes applied by Prefix and five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels custom painted in dark graphite.

We have to remind you that the next generation Dodge Viper is expected to be unveiled in 2012. Rumors are saying that the next generation Viper will use a V10 version of the next-generation corporate V-8. This 90-degree engine would be modular from top to bottom as well as cylinder to cylinder. The centerpiece of the engine will be a flat-plane crankshaft from the Ferrari style V8; whereas a conventional cross-plane crankshaft is used for other FIAT variations, like the Maserati V8.

Press release after the jump.

During a conference room table in Chrysler Group LLC’s headquarters, Ralph Gilles talked about Dodge’s future. According to him, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is just the beginning. It will be followed by a slew of new or redesigned vehicles.

He said that the new Charger and a new crossover will arrive this fall while a new Durango will arrive this November, but most likely featuring a new name. A new Viper is also a possibility for 2012, so it seems the company has "a lot going on." For the new Charger the company is looking to get "a higher-power version of the Pentastar V-6 with unique power rating."

"The brand is becoming hipper already. And the brand is getting controversial, in a good way. We’re really starting to smell different, act different. We showed up a few weeks ago at the super bike event in Utah. We had a drift competition and hundreds, thousands of people were lining up for these thrill rides."

Part of the interview after the jump.

Source: DetNews

The metamorphosis of a car like the Dodge Viper from its standard ACR model to the beastly race track machine ACR-X is quite a fascinating sight to see. In this video, we’re going to see exactly how a Dodge ACR-X is born.

For starters, it’s worth noting that the ACR-X is completed at the same facility as the Viper Competition Coupe race cars, except that unlike the latter, which is built from scratch in this facility, the ACR-X is assembled at the plant’s Conner Ave. facility and sent over to this place to be retrofitted with a bunch of standard racing kits like a roll cage, competition fuel cell, fire suppression system, brake cooling ducts, a larger front brake rotor, extra dive planes, and larger brakes, effectively turning it into a slithering 640 horsepower track-ready machine. One thing that the two models have in common is the racing seat, which is used in both models and has had a lot of safety developments done on it.

According to Gary Johnson, Dodge Motorsports’ road racing manager, the whole process of building an ACR-X costs about half of what it normally costs to build the Competition Coupes. He also mentions that each of the cars are sold to individual customers where they can choose their own color for the car as well as what size of seat - Dodge is offering two sizes - they’d want put in.

Source: YouTube

Here’s a little secret you might not have known about the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing ; it turns out that before the SLS AMG became the supercar of our dreams, it was originally pegged to be the next-generation Dodge Viper . Hard to come to grips with? Not so much if you really think about it.

According to Inside Line, the car’s all-aluminum chassis and new suspension design was already in the oven for the next-gen Viper when Mercedes decided to put the SLS AMG in the development pipeline as well. The big thing to remember here is that, at that time, Daimler still owned Chrysler and had the means to borrow some of Chrysler’s brand designs, including that of the next-generation Viper.

Continued after the jump

Source: Inside Line

You might believe that a race between a Dodge Viper and a Mitsubishi Evo 9 is not exactly the most appropriate match-up, but you will be surprised to find out that the Evo 9 did quite well at the Blackhawk farms raceway.

The Dodge Viper is powered by an 8.4 Liter V10 power plant that produces 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque that rocket the engine with wheels from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds, run the quarter mile in the mid 11 second range before hitting a top speed of 202 MPH.

The Mitsubishi Evo 9 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine that produces a measly 291hp at 6,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,400 rpm.

Looking at the statistics on paper, one couldn’t even call this a contest. What could the Mitsubishi possibly have on the Viper? Well, we are happy to say that the EVO 9 actually held its own and the race was pretty interesting. Of course, we don’t know what kind of modifications took place under the hood of either one of the two cars, but the race was still fun to watch. We were even treated to some Viper sideways action and a little off course action by the EVO 9. Want to know how the race turned out? Check out the seven minute long video to find out!

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