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.

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

Yesterday Dodge revealed details about the very special edition Viper SRT10 ACR-X , and today they are letting us all catch a glimpse of the track tuned serpent in action. The Viper ACR-X is powered by an SRT developed 8.4 Liter V10 that makes a total of 640 HP thanks to a set of factory tuned headers and a less restrictive exhaust system. On the inside the ACR-X gets a jungle gym, a single racing bucket, Momo Corse steering wheel and a self sealing fuel cell in case things get a little hairy. If only we could get in our test fleet.

If you can remember, back at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dodge promised a few special edition variations of their Dodge Viper for the 2010 model year. Well here’s one of them, the SRT10 ACR-X, a track tuned Viper designed specifically for enthusiasts who want to hit the track and can stand to part with $110,000.

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X

Based on the already popular wild winged American Club Racer, the Viper ACR-X is powered by the same SRT 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. Other items that make the car race track safe aside from the jungle gym are a lone racing bucket, Momo Corse steering wheel and self sealing fuel cell in case things get a little hairy. You can expect to see the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X when it make an on track debut in the summer of 2010.

UPDATE 06/17/2010: 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. Watch the video after the jump to see exactly how a Dodge ACR-X is born.

UPDATE 07/15/2010: Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles sat behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper Dodge Viper ACR-X at the Virgina International Raceway. Gilles was able to reach 165 mph in around 1 minute and 35 seconds, while Powertrain Communications Manager Nick Cappa shoots a video of the whole ordeal and holds on for dear life. Check out the video after the jump.

UPDATE 02/22/2012: As we all patiently wait for the new generation SRT Viper to debut in April at the 212 New York Auto Show, the previous generation Viper ACR-X has just established a new record at the Nurburgring race track. The sports car managed to lap the ’Ring in an impressive 7:03.058. This is a 10-second advantage over its road-going sibling – the SRT Viper ACR .

Check out the video after the jump!

Press release after the jump.

In the same time with the revealing of the 2010 Viper SRT10, Dodge also revealed the special edition Viper SRT10 ACR 1:33 that pays tribute to the new production car lap record set on Nov. 24 at Laguna Seca raceway.

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR 1:33 Edition

This special edition will feature an unique two-tone Black Clear Coat/Red Clear Coat exterior color scheme - the opposite form of the original Viper ACR. Interior highlights include piano black console bezels with red gauge highlights complemented with red accent stitching in the seats.

Only 33 cars will be produced as 1:33 Edition Viper ACR models.

This has truly been a year of ups and downs for Dodge Viper fans. Starting off with the proposed liquidation of the brand and more recently setting the single lap record at Laguna Seca , but the ultimate blow for any Viper enthusiast is that 2010 will be the last year that Chrysler will produce the V10 powered American super car. However even if the Viper is coming to an end, Dodge decided to go out in style; and in doing so they have promised that 2010 will be the best year in Viper history.

Dodge Viper SRT10

Even if there will only be 500 units produced in 2010, Dodge has announced that there will be more special and limited edition models than ever in next year’s lineup. There will also be two new colors added to the Viper ’s color chart including a sparkling Toxic Orange Pearl and a glossy Bright Silver Metallic paint options. The 2010 snake will also be available with a wider dual racing stripe pattern and more than 7,600 possible variations concerning appearance alone.

Dodge Viper SRT10

The 2010 Viper SRT10 will be powered by an enormous 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. However showing that the Viper is an all around performance machine it can complete the coveted 0-100-0 MPH run in 11 seconds flat.

Press release after the jump.

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It wasn’t too long ago that we were reporting about the all new American super car, the Devon Motorworks GTX set the single lap record for a production car at the historic Laguna Seca circuit in Salinas, California with a time of 1:35.075. Justin Bell, the owner of Devon, might have offended a few people at Chrysler when he gave them a low ball offer to purchase the Viper brand, because earlier today the American automaker tackled the infamous Corkscrew and managed to shave over a second off of the GTX’s lap time with an all new 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR and Chrysler engineer Chris Winkler behind the wheel. The hard core track tuned Viper unofficially clocked in at 1:33:915, not only good enough to reset the record, but bring a bit more value to Chrysler’s halo car.

Press release and video after the jump.

Source: Chrysler

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