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.

If Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles has his way, the Dodge Viper will live on, maybe not as a road car, but as a race car - at least until a redesign gets underway. Gilles hinted as much in this video, which was recorded just this week at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.

According to Gilles, Dodge is looking at the possibility of continuing to build race versions of the Viper, similar to what has been done to the current-generation ACR-X, just to ensure that the Viper name remains afloat until after a new design for a road car gets drawn up. Then again, seeing as the future of the Viper line remains up in the air, there’s no telling when - or even if - that’s going to happen now or anytime soon.

Ever the optimist, Gilles remains hopeful that a a new Viper road car could still find its way into production, hinting that it just might happen somewhere down the road, although not anytime soon. "Racing is a great way to keep the car out front and people appreciating what the car is capable of," he said. "When it’s time to do a successor to the car, hopefully there will be a great fanbase for it."

We’re not arguing your point, Mr. Gilles. When it comes to the Viper, there will always be a great fanbase for it.

Source: YouTube

Chrysler announced today that the last special edition Dodge Viper , the SRT10 ACR-X will make its on-track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be sanctioned by the existing Viper Racing League. The race series will begin at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va and will finish on Oct. 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV.

The winners will be awarded more than $200,000 and Mopar vouchers. Additionally, the 2010 champion will win $25,000, second-place will receive $10,000 and third-place will pay $5,000.

The Dodge Viper ACR-X is powered by SRT-developed 8.4L V10 engine producing 640hp and 605lb.-ft. of torque. It also weighs about 160lbs less to the standard production model. The suspension on this racing beast has also been tuned and aerodynamic upgrades have been added to improve its performance and stability on the track. The ACR-X also features a factory-designed and installed fuel cell, race seat, and factory-designed roll cage. The Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR-X will also be the only model involved in the new racing series, the Dodge Viper Cup.

"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is simply incredible,” said Gilles. “Owners are going to be blown away by the power and acceleration, and even more surprised at how the ACR-X navigates even the most challenging road courses and how friendly it is to drive at the limit. This is a great package for someone coming out of grassroots racing with a desire to step up to GT level competition.” This should make for an interesting series.

Press release after the jump.

The Exelero is no doubt the greatest vehicle Maybach ever had in its line-up, but there is only one unit in all of the world currently owned by André A. Jackson (who paid like $8 million to get it). So, why would people even dare to make a replica for a model like that? Simple; because anyone in this world would do anything to even just drive the Exelero.

Of course a replica would never be as close to the real thing as one would like it to be, but it could still tame the aches from longing for the real thing. Lucky for those people experiencing this pain, James List has an Exelero replica currently listed and priced at $687,335. It is based off a Dodge Viper sports car and is powered by a 8.3L V10 engine with 800 hp (and not 700HP V12 like the original). Both the interior and exterior can be fully customized to any customer’s wishes.

After the jump: Exelero featured in Jay-Z - Lost One video.

Source: Jameslist

There’s been a long-standing battle between cars and helicopters to see who can outdo whom (remember the Corvette/Apachee comparison a couple of months ago?). Well, this battle has taken a new twist and, somewhere along the line, you should have known that Top Gear would end up having something to do with it.

Well, your partly right on that one. While Top Gear was in fact responsible for pitting thisDodge Viper against a Cobra attack helicopter, it’s not the original version of Top Gear we’re talking about, but the recently re-launched Top Gear USA.

The show was once again caught taping, this time at the Griffin Spalding County Airport in Georgia, where hosts Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood were accompanied by what looks to be two Viper ACRs and a Cobra attack helicopter. While it’s too presumptious to say that the Viper was able to "out-slither" the Cobra to the finish line, the video taken by a curious spectator seems to suggest so.

Guess we’ll just have to keep tabs on Top Gear USA to find out.

Source: YouTube

Lately, it seems that the only thing coming out of our mouths is Sergio Marchionne. This man seems to be making a lot of announcements to either defend the brand or bring out a new model. The news we bring you now is the vehicular kind. It seems that Dodge has decided that the Viper is a car with an important history and it will continue to be offered in their lineup even after the Viper SRT10 Final Edition has been produced. During a press conference, Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne announced that under Fiat Fiat guidance, Dodge will be bolstered internationally as an "American performance" brand — and its linchpins will be the Viper, Challenger and Charger. Pretty good picks if we can say so ourselves.

And to go even further with the speculation it seems that Fiat’s drive for cost and platform synergies will see the next-generation Viper end up as a quasi-Ferrari. The Challenger and Charger ’s platforms will not be touched, but will be borrowed for some interesting future Lancias , Alfas , or Maseratis . Fiat is definitely shaking things up and we can only hope that the consolidation of ideas that they have expressed will pay off in the end. Marchionne seems to be one of the few with a positive outlook and we hope his vision proves to be a valid one.

Source: Straightline

Anytime you put Sam Hubinette and Andrew Comrie-Picard behind the wheel of two cars made for drifting, you can definitely expect a lot of smoke and screeching tires. That’s what we have in this new video of both Hubinette and Comrie-Picard doing some test runs on their two new cars - a Dodge Challenger for the former and a Dodge Viper for the latter - at Adam’s Motorsports Park in Riverside, California.

Watch the video and try picking up some pointers from two of the best drifters you’ll ever get the pleasure of watching.

Source: YouTube

This year a legendary car will go out of production. And the last 50 units will be built in a special edition: 20 Coupes, 18 Roadsters and 12 ACRs. The 2010 Dodge Viper Final Edition models will go into production this summer.

The Final Edition Viper is painted in an exterior Graphite Clear Coat color with a painted black center stripe traced in red. Viper Coupe and ACR Final Edition models include a black windshield surround. On the interior it will get a custom red accent stitching, red painted halo surrounds on the gauge cluster and bright stainless steel screws in center stack bezel. A numbered dash plaque (1-50) is located on the shifter bezel just above the unique Viper Final Edition floor mats.

Press release after the jump.

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The first ever production model of the Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR-X rolled off the line at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit yesterday. This $110,000.00 (US) vehicle will kick off the 2010 model lineup for the Dodge Viper with its 8.4-liter V-10 engine producing 640 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. The Dodge Viper ACR-X differs from its standard model because of its tuned and upgraded suspension, weight drop of 160lbs, and aerodynamic upgrades. The ACR-X also features a factory-designed and installed fuel cell, race seat, and factory-designed roll cage. The Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR-X will also be the only model involved in the new racing series, the Dodge Viper Cup.

This new, ten race spec series will commence on July 9-10, 2010 and will consist of two races per weekend for five weekends. This seems to be a strange time to begin a racing series considering the fact that 2010 will be the final year for Viper production, but Chrysler has made it obvious that they will be going out with a bang and trying to make some money in the process.

Follow the jump to see the full story including the Dodge Viper Cup racing schedule and future special edition Vipers plus the full press release.

It’s kind of ironic that since a video describing the production of the Dodge Viper was released a few months before the curtain closes on Dodge’s sports car.

But that’s exactly where we stand after a video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of how a Dodge Viper ACRX is built from the ground up made its rounds on the Internet today. The video describes in detail exactly how a Viper ACRX is built; from the engines, to the panels, to the chassis, to the piecing together of the whole car. What’s interesting to note is that the plant only has about 100 people doing the manual labor on the production of the Viper, meaning that everything about the car is completely hand-crafted.

Dodge CEO and President Ralph Giles even went so far as saying that the Viper ACRX, which is a limited-run model of the Viper, has been doing some test laps at Laguna Seca and has even shattered the previous lap record by over two seconds, which, incidentally, was previously held by the Viper SRT10 ACR .

We’re pretty bummed to see the end coming near for such a remarkably popular American sports car but if nostalgia does ring blue, then we’re more than happy to watch this video of how a Viper ACRX is produced in time before production of any Viper of any kind ceases completely.

Source: Dodge

Thank God for airbags, huh?

Those safety devices sure came in handy in this video after an overzealous driver taking laps in a Dodge Viper attempted a risky – and ultimately, unsuccessful - cornering maneuvering on the high side of fourth gear. Ultimately, he ends up losing control of the Viper where it ended up making out with a surprisingly hard tirewall.

If it weren’t for those airbags, who knows how different this crash would end up, but thankfully, they were there to not only save the driver and passenger from serious injury but the passenger still had his wits about him to tell the driver to “turn the ignition off”.

Yeah, that’s probably the smartest thing the driver could’ve done.

Source: Inside Line

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