2013 SRT Viper
Transmission:Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
Horsepower @ RPM:640
Torque @ RPM:600
When the last model for the previous generation Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line, many of us took comfort in knowing that the next generation had already been confirmed for production. The new generation SRT Viper was rumored and teased for a good amount of time, building up the suspense for the new design and powerful engine. Now, it’s finally here, bringing its new look and ditching the Dodge title in the process.
The new SRT Viper has received an all-new, timeless exterior design with a new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid, and aluminum door panels. As a first, the Viper will be offered with LED taillamps that integrate stop-and-turn illumination in one element.
Under the hood, the new Viper features a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that will deliver a total of 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.
For the new generation, the Viper will be offered in two different versions: standard and GTS. The GTS will offer more technologically advanced solutions, like two-mode active suspension for those clients who want to enjoy it on the race track.
UPDATE 04/24/2012: SRT has unveiled another video for their new Viper. This time, the company goes into detail about the history of their gorgeous sports car. Check it out!
UPDATE 09/11/12: Are you wondering how much the SRT Viper is going to cost? Wonder no more because SRT has released the official price of the iconic American sports car. Find out how much it’ll burn a hole in your wallets after the jump.
UPDATE 09/12/12: Chrysler has unveiled a new video of the new SRT Viper during its automotive test drive at Gingerman Speedway, South Haven, Michigan.
UPDATE 11/21/12: We have just added a series of 110 new high res images to our SRT Viper picture gallery. SRT also announced today the official performance numbers for the SRT Viper. It features a top speed of 206 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time in low-3-second range. The Viper launches through the 1/4-mile in the mid-11-second range. It is capable of running a 0-to-100-to-0 mph relay less than 12 seconds and boasts braking distance from 60 to 0 mph of 106 feet. Lastly, the SRT Viper’s coefficient of drag (Cd) is a slippery 0.369.
UPDATE 12/05/12: SRT has released a new video of their 640-horsepower serpent, complete with awesome background music that further ramps up the awesomeness of the American sports car! Check it out by clicking the photo above.
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The Fastest American Cars Ever Produced
While most people might automatically assume some of the fastest cars ever made are from Europe or Japan, that simply isn’t the case because you’ve got some pretty serious speed machines conceived right here in America. This list is comprised of cars from both mainstream automakers and boutique manufacturers who produce just a handful of super-exotics per year. Spoiler: The fastest American car also happens to be the world’s fastest production car currently!
Blast From The Past: This 1992 Clarkson Review Of The Viper Is Pure Bliss
As many of you may know, Clarkson hasn’t been the kindest when it comes to American cars. Having said that, there are exceptions. Cars like the Chevy Corvette Z06, and more recently, the Ford GT, have got him excited. The first-gen Dodge Viper sure as hell made the cut in his books. This 1992 review of Viper is classic Clarkson at his very best.
The Dodge Viper "Kratos" Is Now Officially The Quickest Generation 5 Viper In The World
That Racing Channel is no stranger to absurdly fast, modified cars, and this time is no exception either. A year ago, we talked about “Kratos” – a Generation five Dodge Viper ACR, modified by Nth Moto. Last year, the 3,300-wheel horsepower “Kratos” became the roll race champion at the 2021 FL2K. This year, the car attended the 2022 TX2K where it became the first six-second generation-five Dodge Viper.
The Chrysler 300 SRT Is Alive And Kicking, And It Smokes ’em All
It’s not that often that you see a Chrysler 300 show up at the drag strip, but here we are. A 300 SRT takes on some of its cousins from Dodge, one of which is a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. The video, however, did not mention the exact specifications of both cars, so let’s look at the baseline figures.
Dodge Viper GTC: Is It Worth The Price?
The Dodge Viper is one of the most distinctive sports cars ever made. It started in the 1990s, with the idea of recapturing the spirit of the 1960s Shelby Cobra and Carroll Shelby, himself, was attached to the Viper’s development. Sadly, the last Viper rolled off the production line in August 2017, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a new one. And while prices have remained steady, one question remains: is it worth it? YouTube channel Raiti’s Rides gives a good answer.
Meet Kratos - A 3,300 Hp Dodge Viper And Current Roll Race Champion
“That Racing Channel” continues to supply us – the audience – with great automotive content, showcasing some of the most epic builds in the world. We’ve made it clear that we love Dodge Vipers and apparently, so do the people at “Nth Moto”, who are also the creators of “the Juggernaut” – a 3,200 horsepower Dodge Viper GTS. Now, they’ve come up with an even crazier Viper, which also happens to be the roll race champion. - meet “Kratos”.
Can A Stock 2000 Dodge Viper GTS Keep Up With Modern Muscle Cars?
The YouTube channel Four Eyes is mostly known for the host’s 2007 Ford Mustang GT project car. However, he now has a new project – a 2000 Dodge Viper GTS. The goal is 700 wheel-horsepower without any form of forced induction, but while it’s stock, he decided to see how the 20-year-old snake measures up against some of the Muscle cars currently on sale. Can the old Viper still perform?
Is This 3,200 HP Dodge Viper GTS The Fastest In the World?
Until about a decade ago, when it came to high-horsepower builds, it was pretty much the Chevrolet LS engines, with the occasional 2JZ or RB26 builds making an appearance. Nowadays, people have started noticing the Viper V-10 as the next platform capable of massive horsepower figures. With this in mind, “That Racing Channel” is giving us an inspiring YouTube video that gives the story behind the “six-second kid” and his 1999 Dodge Viper GTS that makes 3,200 horsepower.
A Dodge Viper Limo Is The Last Thing You’d Expect to See on Ebay
8 Cars You Might Not Realize Are Based On the Dodge Viper
It’s common practice for small boutique manufacturers to base their products on other carmaker’s platforms. Most times, it’s only the engines that are borrowed, but there are more than a few cases where chassis and even whole vehicles are being used as a basis for a new car. In the high-performance segment, the Corvette is the most popular choice on which other cars are based. However, the Viper platform is equally, if not more, capable and there are more than a few cars based on it.
A Dodge Viper Just Ran the Quarter-Mile In 6.8 Seconds
What according to you are impressive specs for a fast car on a drag strip? About 1,000 horses and a sub-10-second time? I’m sure a car that can achieve this will have your attention. But, what about a car that can make 3,250 horses and clock sub-seven-second times? You’ll probably tell me to get out of here, but hey, I’m not kidding.
Will Dugas, the owner of a second-gen Dodge ‘Juggernaut’ Viper, has managed to complete a quarter-mile in 6.8 seconds at the Hail Mary Derby! This is now officially the world’s quickest Dodge Viper. That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Enjoy This 2015 Dodge Viper’s Half-Mile Speed Test
Running the half-mile gives us a good idea of a car’s acceleration as well as its aerodynamic capabilities. Although we are used to seeing highly modified vehicles (some with over 2,000 horsepower), it’s more interesting to see what a can do in its factory state. Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is a place where EPA ratings and other data are being accumulated through testing. In this case, a 2015 Dodge Viper is the guest of honor.
This 2009 Dodge Viper ACR Is Basically Brand New
On August 31, 2017, FCA shut down the Conner Assembly Plant in Michigan and the Dodge Viper was officially axed because it couldn’t meet new safety regulations.
Is the Viper dead, though? Not really. Yes, Dodge isn’t making it anymore, but the carmaker managed to sell four Vipers in 2020, according to a report by MotorTrend. While it’s unclear how those units were snagged by new owners, if you’re really looking to get your hands on a special Viper, check out this 2009 Viper ACR.
This 2,000HP Dodge Viper Is Stupid Fast
Power is great, but just how much power is enough? Apparently, there is no such thing, as one of YouTube’s go-to racing channels – “That Racing Channel” (TRC) – gives us a ride-along in one very fast Dodge Viper. This isn’t just any Viper, as you will find out below. As usual, we get the story behind the car, how the owner got it, and what’s been done to it. Spoiler alert: there are some pretty crazy facts about this particular snake.
Here’s the Next-Generation Dodge Viper That Will Probably Never Exist
It’s been four years since Dodge discontinued the Viper and we’re still hoping that the nameplate will return soon. The Viper was unlike any other American car. It featured a sleek and powerful design, a massive V-10 engine under the hood, and delivered outstanding performance on both the road and track. Dodge isn’t planning on reviving it but the Viper is still getting a lot of love. And someone even went as far as to design a sixth-generation model from scratch. And it looks like a superb successor to Dodge’s already iconic sports car.
This Dodge Viper GTS Looks Amazing With Japanese DNA Blended In
When it comes to aftermarket-modified Toyota Supras (I’m obviously talking about the fourth-generation A80 model), you won’t find a more extreme aero kit than Abflug’s S900. In typical Abflug fashion, the S900 turns the Supra MkIV into an aggressive-looking monster that you definitely don’t want to see in your rear-view mirror. But what happens when you use the S900 kit on a Dodge Viper? Well, things become even hotter.
The Dodge Viper Has Returned to Racing
Dodge’s Viper, arguably Lee Iaccoca’s biggest gift to gearheads ever, has been seen racing on the world’s race tracks for almost three decades and, although the last road-legal Viper rolled off the production line in 2017, its race-bred namesake is still homologated for racing in the GT3 category which is why famed German tuner and race entrant Zakspeed decided to give the Viper one more shot of proving itself in a 24-hour race next January as it will contest the annual 24 Hours of Dubai.
Jay Leno Drives the Awesome 1996 Dodge Viper GTS
Introduced back in 1992, the Dodge Viper remained on the market until 2017, with short breaks from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013. One of the coolest U.S.-built sports cars, the Viper was discontinued for good in 2017 due to poor sales but mostly because it was unable to comply with new safety regulations. But while the car is dead, the legend lives on and the Viper still enjoys a cult following.
Jay Leno is a big fan of the V-10-powered Dodge and owns not one, but two early Vipers. And he just showcased his 1996 Viper GTS, one of the first coupes built.
A New Mid-Engine Dodge Viper Rendering Will Make Even Haters Pray for a Comeback
It was a sad day for Dodge fans when the Viper was officially discontinued. We’re still not sure exactly why it was discontinued. Some said it was because the now-required side curtain airbags couldn’t be integrated into the current model and it would be too expensive to implement a redesign. Of course, Dodge has become a fan of running models to death – more than 10 years in the case of the Challenger and Charger – so it’s not all that surprising. Others speculated that it was just a scheme to make money – once it was discontinued they could run-off a bunch of over-priced special-edition models and make some extra cheddar (they did,) sell off some memorabilia (they did,) wait a few years, and then bring the nameplate back. Regardless of the real reason, it’s now 2020 and we still don’t have a new, sixth-gen Dodge Viper. A new rendering, however, shows us what could have been.
You’re More Than Likely Assured an "L" If You Decide to Race This Dodge Viper
Dodge Vipers are famous for being fast; the most recent iteration of the American sports car featured an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produced 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and it was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. But as fast as the Viper was before it was retired, nothing can prepare you for this Viper. This refers to a heavily modified 2006 Dodge Viper that recently set the record for the fastest recorded speed in a Viper when it clocked a mind-bending top speed run that maxed out at 252 mph. The record was set at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 252-mph run was far and away the fastest a Dodge Viper has gone. Best of all, the Viper that did it is actually street legal.
The First Dodge Viper Ever Produced Just Sold for $285,500
The Dodge Viper came in a time when Chrysler was associated with people carriers and compact front-wheel drive cars. It was first shown in concept guise back in January 1989 after just one year under development and the first customers got their Vipers in the early months of 1992. The rest, as they say, is history.
Also history - of the living ilk - is this particular red-painted Dodge Viper, for two reasons: it’s the very first to leave the assembly line and it had one owner throughout its entire life. That owner is Lee Iacocca, who sadly passed away on July the 2nd, 2019.
A Dodge Viper Drifting in the Rain is a Treat For All Of Us
It’s been a few weeks since the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and we’re still getting a steady diet of videos from the event. Not that anyone’s complaining, least of all me. I’ve come to enjoy these video parachutes, and one that we haven’t seen yet is this video of a Dodge Viper drift car that partook in the hill climb. Driven by drifter extraordinaire Dean Kearney, the Viper drift car snakes its way up the hill climb in ways only the Viper can. Extra points also go to Kearney, who managed to complete the hill climb even in the middle of a rain-soaked course. Then again, Kearney’s not your average drifter — he’s a veteran of Formula DRIFT — and this particular Viper is not your typical drift car, either. Check out the video and watch the Viper going sideways in the rain. It’s worth the next two minutes of your mornings.
Ah, the infamous and now defunct Dodge Viper. Once the most prominent American sports cars in history, it now lives on in our minds because Dodge was too cheap to design side airbags that would actually fit inside the cabin. Oh well, that’s now, but today we’re looking back at what is, arguably, the best version of the Viper that ever existed: the 2003-2010, third-gen model. Powered by an odd-firing 8.3-liter V-10, the Roadster delivered 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque while the coupe got a mild bump up to 510 ponies and 535 pound-feet. All of that lovely power was channeled to the rear wheels via a Tremec T56 manual transmission. This amazing piece of gorgeous history could hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 100 mph in 8.3 seconds in roadster form. The coupe made the same 100-mph sprint but got to 60 mph one-tenth of a second faster. The beautiful and timeless design has been coming back to us a lot lately, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked some pretty cool images so go ahead and give the old SRT 10 a little bit of screen love with us.
Dodge Viper ACR Race Car Fire Suppression System in Action: Video
All race cars that are used in officially regulated races are required to, in one way or another, have some kind of fire suppression system in tow just in case the worst happens to happen. Some of these systems are quite similar to those found in heavy industry systems, just downsized to fit and work in an automotive application. And, such is the case with the first suppression system on this 2008 Dodge Viper ACR – a clone of the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X.
This specific model has two different fire suppression systems – one specifically for the engine bay and one for the cabin. Now, this system is similar to the fire suppression system for airplane engines – physical action is required to activate them, as you’ll see when the levers inside this 2008 Viper are pulled.
Should a fire happen to start inside the car’s engine bay, the driver can simply pull the emergency lever, and the suppression gas will flood the engine bay and, at the very least, help contain the fire until the car can come to a stop and the driver can safely evacuate the area. The same idea goes for the cabin suppression system but, as pointed out in the video, it’s not something you really want to experience as if it is necessary to deploy at high-speed, you’ll be lucky to breathe long enough to get the car to a stop. But hey, at least you’ll be a good looking corpse, right? Either way, check out the video to see the fire suppression system in action.
Car for Sale: 1992 Dodge Viper with Just 34 Miles on the Clock
The 1992 Dodge Viper was Chrysler’s way of saying ’we’ve now sold enough Minivans to be able to fund an exciting halo car,’ which the Viper truly was. Devoided of modern creature comforts or safety features, the RT/10 was a Corvette eater. This red example from the first year of production somehow managed to gather just 34 miles on the odometer and could be yours for just under $100,000.
You barely ever see cars like the Viper come out of the doors of a major manufacturer nowadays. The Viper itself was axed in 2017 because Chrysler couldn’t put curtain airbags on it nor was the V-10 monster in demand anymore. With it went the Conner Assembly Plant, and all that’s left now are the hopes that somehow, in the future, the Viper will be revived, although that’s hard to imagine.
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.
Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million
Two of Dodge’s most impressive performance machines are on their way out the door, but before they go, the brand put them on the block for one last hurrah. This past Saturday, at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Dodge auctioned off the final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 2017 Dodge Viper in a single lot, and when it was all said and done, one eager collector took them home for a cool million bucks.
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FCA Boss Shoots The Ravens That Were Reporting on Possible Dodge Viper Return
The Dodge Viper Could Return As Soon As 2020!
Still mourning the Dodge Viper, the cool, all-American, V-10 supercar that was discontinued in 2017? Well, it’s been just a few months since Dodge halted production and word has it FCA might bring it back soon. According to Car and Driver, a "new Viper is happening" and it could arrive in production form in late 2020. But it won’t be the same.
The Dodge Viper May Be Coming Back, Proving Its Discontinuation Was a Scheme to Make Money
We all shed a tear when the Dodge Viper was killed off, and another when it Detroit-based production facility was officially killed off too. Fanboys and long-time customers scrambled to buy up the Viper in hopes to hang onto the once great car, and don’t forget the five “celebratory” special editions released in 2016 after the Viper’s fate was sealed. All of that drama and no we’re here to tell you that the Viper is coming back, and it’ll probably hit the market for the 2021 model year. Sorry, folks, but if any of you rushed to get your hands on the last run of Vipers, you got taken like a whore in handcuffs at an Ivy League frat party.
Watch A 2,600-HP Dodge Viper Destroy The Half Mile: Video
Following a brief production hiatus between 2010 and 2012, Dodge finally discontinued the Viper in 2017. Despite its newly limited status, there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that continue to use theirs as intended, blasting around race tracks and down drag strips with all ten cylinders at full song. Some even take a wrench to it and pump up the output levels to crazy new heights, adding in the boost to achieve four-digit horsepower levels and simply insane acceleration numbers. Such is the case for the two mad machines featured in this 12-and-a-half-minute bit from 1320 Video.
Kicking things off is a red example from Calvo Motorsports, as piloted by shop owner Antonio Calvo. Right off the trailer, this crazy two-door tops out at 221 mph by the end of its half-mile airstrip run, all thanks to the 2,600 horsepower and 2,200 pound-feet of torque it makes at the rear wheels. Following it up is a more streetable version rocking a white paint job and Calvo Motorsport’s TT package. Of course, we say “streetable,” but the white Viper is still producing as much as 2,100 horses at the wheels. Hey, at least it still runs an H-pattern gearbox!
The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity
Did you miss out on the last batch of Dodge Vipers in 2017? Well, here’s some good news for you: Dodge will auction the last production model for charity this June. There is a catch though; the Viper comes in a bundle with a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Insane, right?
FCA Turning Old Viper Plant Into a Car Museum; Auctioning off Viper Memorabilia for Charity
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ production facility in Detroit, Michigan has been the production home of the Dodge Viper throughout the sports car’s 28-year existence. With the Viper headed to retirement, FCA is giving the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant a change of its own by turning it into a new site for the automaker’s 400-strong collection of historical models and concept vehicles. The new purpose also comes with a new name as the facility will now be called the Connor Center.
The Departed: 10 Cars That Have Been Discontinued For 2018
2017 has been an eventful year for the auto industry. It’s also been a devastating one for some models, particularly those that were effectively told by their automakers that they’re discontinuing them. Cars come and go in this ever-evolving industry and, this year, a few notable models are, in fact, getting sent to retirement. There’s a chance that we may see them again in the future, but as far as the short-term is concerned, it’s time to say goodbye to them.
So ahead of their eventual discontinuation, we’re giving them one last moment in the spotlight. Consider it a tribute to these models, some of whom have etched an inscrutable legacy in the auto industry. They may have been popular makes at one point in the past, but with consumer tastes changing, they’ve become expendable in the eyes of their automakers. So say goodbye to these four-wheeled machines; each of them had good runs. But time is unforgiving; it marches on with no conscience of who, or what, it leaves behind. Those who can’t keep up will inevitably become remnants of a time gone by.
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Between 2016 and 2020 the list of supercars will include the Ford GT, the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Aston Man Valkyrie, and at least one new car from Ferrari. But what are sports cars fans with smaller wallets supposed to do? We have some great cars like the Miata and BMW is bringing a Z4 replacement soon, but so many great cars don’t exist anymore. Especially in the “affordable” range.
So we started talking in the office about what sports cars we want to see revived, and we settled on a pair of classic sports cars and one car that is officially dead, but not out of showrooms yet. The Porsche 944, Honda S2000, and the Dodge Viper are all in our dream garage of dead cars we want to return. Keep reading to find out why!
A Sad Sight: Cars Victimized by Mother Nature as Hurricane Harvey Ripped Through Texas
News surrounding Hurricane Harvey has been constantly flowing since the Category Three storm poured trillions of gallons of rainwater onto the coast of Texas over several days. Metro Huston and its surrounding areas are among the hardest hit. Among the more than 66 people dead and an estimated 44,000 homes flooded, nearly a million vehicles were lost to flood waters.
Images tell the clearest story, with photos of submerged cars lining once-busy Interstates and the aftermath of muddy water soaking into every nook and void within a car’s interior. Of the photos we’ve seen, the saddest are of antique and performance cars, including a vintage Porsche 911, several Corvettes and Vipers, and even a few late-model Ferraris. Of course, a flooded vehicle is legally required to be listed as such on its title, warning would-be buyers about its time under water. While we’re happy to see vintage and high-dollar vehicles get restored and retitled appropriately, some flood cars will be shadily repaired and sold on the pre-owned market with no indication to the buyer. This is most commonly done with average vehicles like pickups, SUVs, and family cars. The most recent large-scale case of this happening was Hurricane Sandy that hit New York and New Jersey in 2012. Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly see the same illegal activity in its wake.
Unfortunately, we expect to see similar photos from Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video
It may not have succeeded in reclaiming the Nürburgring production car lap record from the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, but finally, the Dodge Viper got the proper send-off it so richly deserves, all thanks to the passion and determination of the Viper Owners Association. Relentless in their pursuit of Nürburgring glory, members of the group continued to bang in laps around the Nürburgring in an effort to unseat the Huracán Performante’s record lap time of 6:52.01. It failed to even get close, but that shouldn’t take away from the accomplishment of squeezing in a lap time of 7:01.3 around the 12.9-mile lap.
Yep. Against all odds, drivers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher and all the people involved in the endeavor managed to improve on its previous fastest lap of 7:03.23, coming a second over actually breaking the seven-minute barrier. The achievement is made even more impressive by the fact that these Viper owners had little to no help from Dodge or FCA to bring the Viper ACR to the famed German track. The collective relied on a fund-raising effort and a few sponsors to even come this far in their quest and while they did fall short of their ultimate goal (the Huracan was still nine seconds faster around the track) they have nothing to be ashamed about.
They did what FCA and Dodge should’ve done in the first place. They gave the Viper a proper tribute and had they not crashed out, who knows if they could’ve really broken that all-too precious seven-minute barrier. It doesn’t matter now, nor should it because the Viper Owners Association represented the Viper about as well as they could. Well done, guys.
Dodge Viper ACR’s Quest For Nurburgring Glory Still Falls Short
Production of the Dodge Viper has officially ended, so there really is little reason to hope for the American sports car to somehow find its way back into the land of the living. If there ever were people who have been properly commemorating the departure of the beloved Viper, nobody’s doing a better job at it than the good people of the Viper Owners Association. For those who don’t remember, members of the organization successfully embarked on a crowdfunding movement to send the Dodge Viper ACR to the Nurburgring to see if it could take down the lap record for a production car, a record currently held by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
It had an initial run back in July and, while it didn’t succeed in toppling the Huracan Performante’s 6:52.01 lap time, it did manage to post a still-impressive time of 7:03.45. Not content with its pace, the group went back to the ‘Ring with drivers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher in tow, determined to succeed where it failed the first time. Unfortunately, their best efforts “only” resulted in a fastest lap of 7:03.23, which was still more than 10 seconds off of the pace of the Huracan Performante. Disappointing as it was - the team blamed the hot weather as a factor in the car’s performance, as per Road & Track - there’s still reason to be optimistic as the team plans to make a third trip back to the ‘Ring to see if it can at least break the seven-minute barrier, or better yet, do what is becoming a seemingly insurmountable task and take down the Huracan Performante’s record.
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Pour One Out For The Dodge Viper
Like most things in this world, I’m well aware that even the finest of them have expiration dates. We don’t know when or where their time will come, but it will happen. This is especially true in a business like the auto industry that evolves as fast as it does. Today’s great cars become tomorrow’s relics and the cycle goes on and on. Still, it doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier, which is exactly what we’re about to do to the Dodge Viper, considered as one of America’s most popular and iconic models.
The Viper has had an interesting run. It sprung to life back in 1992, slithering its way into the hearts and minds of sports car aficionados the world over. I was eight years old at that time, and while my recollection of the Viper’s debut is hazy to say the least, I do remember seeing it across a wide spectrum of mediums, be it in magazines, TV, and of course, toys. Back then, I wasn’t interested in how much power it had, what it could do on a race track, or how it lined up against its rivals. All I cared about was its name. The “Viper” name struck me because it was cool beyond the words. It came at that time when I was hooked to G.I. Joe and remember thinking to myself that if Cobra Commander had a car, it would be the Viper, name symmetry notwithstanding. It was just the perfect sports car for the perfect villain. It was mean, menacing, and most of all, it oozed bravado and attitude the likes of which I hadn’t seen from any American car at that time. Simply put, the Viper was the bad boy of the U.S. auto scene, a status that it has proudly worn for the better part of its existence.
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Crowdfunded Nürburgring Run Is A Fitting Send-Off For The Dodge Viper
Leave it to people power to get something done that an automaker of Dodge’s status wasn’t able to do. Most of you will probably remember a few months ago, a group of Dodge Viper enthusiasts started pooling their resources together to accomplish one goal: send the fifth-generation Dodge Viper to the Nürburgring to attempt a lap run. I didn’t think that it could happen, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. The crowdfunding movement actually worked and a bone-stock Viper ACR found its way to the famed German race track. More importantly, it was able to set a lap time of 7:03.45, almost nine seconds quicker than the 7:12.13 lap time set by its predecessor back in 2011.
It’s true that the current-generation Viper ACR’s lap time is still a long ways away from the current production car lap record of 6:52.01 held by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. But just because it’s still over 10 seconds away from the record, it doesn’t mean that the Viper ACR’s time at the ‘Ring was a complete waste. In fact, the lap time set by the American sports car placed it sixth-fastest of all time among production cars, faster than the Nismo-prepped Nissan GT-R, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, and the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06. More importantly, driver Dominik Farnbacher and the team behind the attempt will make a go at the track a few more times this week with the goal of besting the lap times of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce. Looks like the Dodge Viper ACR’s quest for Nürburgring glory isn’t done just yet.
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The End Is Nigh For the Dodge Viper
After 25 years of redefining the American sports car landscape, the Dodge Viper has about six weeks left to live before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pulls the plug on the famed sports car. FCA made it official (again) by sending a notice to the state of Detroit, confirming its plans to close down the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant where the last of the Vipers are being built.
While this isn’t exactly breaking news – FCA confirmed the August 31 funeral for the Viper back in February – the automaker’s latest notice does provide a cold dose of reality to the inevitable that a lot of us hoped would never come to pass. The Dodge Viper is set to be killed off and there appears to be no turning back. The good news is that according to FCA spokesman Jodi Tinson, the Viper’s production facility has a future part of the company’s plans. The scope of those plans have yet to be announced, but it’s reassuring to know the factory will still have some life to it, even if the same can’t be said for the Viper. Oh, well. All good thing must come to an end, it seems. It’s had a good 25-year run, minus the two years it was shelved from 2010 to 2012. Weak sales may have contributed to the sports car’s demise, but its legacy will remain intact long after the final model is sent out of production. It’s been a good ride, Dodge Viper.
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FCA Gives Dodge Viper Official Expiration Date
And so it is, the end of the Dodge Viper now has an official date. For years, rumors and speculation surrounding the Viper’s fate has been one of the most talked-about items in the auto industry and while we’ve known for quite a while now that Dodge was in fact sending the Viper to retirement, we didn’t receive an official date until Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design chief and former SRT CEO Ralph Gilles finally made the announcement at the Chicago Auto Show. The Dodge Viper, after a polarizing run in the industry spanning 25 years, will no longer be built on August 31, 2017.
Check your calendars, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a little over six months away until we officially say goodbye to the iconic sports car. For those who need a refresher, the Viper burst into American automotive consciousness in 1992 before becoming an unwitting victim of Chrysler’s bankruptcy that led to the car taking a temporary hiatus. It came back in 2013, but it was never the same as slow sales and evolving consumer preferences turned the Viper into an expendable model.
FCA ultimately decided in 2015 to retire the Viper this year and with Gilles’ comments in Chicago, the cast for the brash and brutish sports car’s tombstone is now being created.
It’s a sad end for the model many believed to be America’s last true sports car. For a time, the Viper was a force of sports car personality that epitomized the rawness and unbridled thrill of sports car driving. It was never the best-looking sports car, nor was it the fastest and most powerful. But it did have all three qualities in spades and unlike most of today’s refined and tech-driven performance car’s the Viper’s reputation for being difficult to tame spoke to the thrill of actually being able to drive the sports car up to its full potential.
It’s been a great run for the Dodge Viper and the car will undoubtedly be missed by the industry. But like everything else, every story has an opening and closing chapter, and the Viper’s closing chapter will come to a conclusion on August 31.
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Here’s Your Chance To Send The Dodge Viper ACR Back To The Nürburgring
There once was a time when the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR reigned supreme at the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7:12.13. A number of cars have since eclipsed the Viper ACR’s lap time but there is belief within Viper circles that the 645-horsepower, 2016 Viper ACR could make a serious run at the Porsche 918 Spyder’s existing record of 6:57:00. Unfortunately, Dodge doesn’t appear to be interested in bringing the sports car back to the ‘Ring, so a group of Viper owners is taking the matter into its own hands with plans to raise enough money to send the 2016 Viper ACR to the Nürburgring.
The Viper Owners Association is the group behind this initiative and it’s dead serious about its goal of seeing the new Viper ACR take a crack at the 918 Spyder’s production car lap record in one of the world’s most famous race tracks. The group even set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $159,000 to send two Viper ACRs to the ‘Ring and cover other costs like track rental, driver payments, and the shipping of the actual cars to Germany.
It’s an admittedly ambitious goal, but to the group’s credit, the campaign is off to a promising start. As I’m writing this, the campaign has already raised $51,630 from 102 people in over six days. There’s still a little over $100,000 before the campaign reaches its financial goal, but at least it won’t have to worry about actually getting the Viper ACRs since Texas-based dealer Viper Exchange has already agreed to supply two Viper ACRs for the Nürburgring attempt at no cost to the campaign.
Only time will tell if the “Take Back The Ring Record” campaign is successful, but as someone who appreciates automotive passion in all its authenticity, I’m rooting for the people behind the movement to get to where they need to go, which in this case, would be the Nürburgring.
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Dodge Reopens Order Books For Viper and Viper ACR Models
Those who missed out on buying the Viper before Dodge closed all ordering earlier this year now have a second chance to get the sports car before the model is discontinued. Company officials have confirmed that ordering for the last production of the Viper will reopen by the end of the year.
Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis told The Detroit News that the company was forced to close the order books for the Viper back in October 7, largely because it had to figure out how many more orders it could accommodate by the end of the model-year production in mid-2017. “We actually had to shut down the ordering because we outran our headlights,” Kuniskis said. “We didn’t know if we were going to have enough parts to build all the cars that people ordered.”
A shortage in parts, specifically the custom-built carbon fiber aero wings, also forced Dodge to close the order books for the Viper ACR back in September 27. Turns out, the shortage even forced a handful of Viper ACR models to sit stagnant in Detroit as the company waited for the parts to arrive. Now it appears that the issues have been sorted out and production for the sports car is expected to reopen anytime soon.
The company didn’t say how many models it can produce, but the expectation, at least in the mind of Kuniskis, is that both variants of the Viper will sell out in short order, particularly the track-capable Viper ACR, whose demand is, according to the Dodge boss, “off the charts.”
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Dodge Viper Making a Bumpy Exit as Dodge Puts Temporary Hold on Ordering
Back in late 2015, rumors began to swirling that said the Viper was about to be killed off after 2017, and sure enough, a few months later those rumors became fact. Originally thought to be canceled because of poor sales and profitability, an insider eventually told Motortrend that the Viper was being killed off because Dodge was unable to fit it with side curtain airbags. Unwilling to change its design, the Viper could no longer meet safety standards and its death warrant was signed. More recently, a dealer out of NC placed an order for 135 examples of the Viper (included several custom models) which was allegedly most of the remaining models. Now just a week has gone by, and Dodge has put a stop on Viper orders as it tries to regroup and determine just how many it can build before production officially comes to a halt.
For a dead car rolling, the Viper has soldiered on pretty well, with numerous special-edition models, and all of those 25th Anniversary models. And, while this most recent news sounds like the next step in the proverbial execution of an amazing machine, an e-mail sent from a Dodge spokeswoman to The Detroit News could indicate otherwise. Apparently, the order books will be reopened once Dodge can put down an official figure of how many it can really build.
And, for the record, that dealer out of NC wasn’t lying – it really did order 135 examples, according to Fiat Chrysler. However, whether or not that order really did account for most of the remaining cars has yet to be seen. Given Dodge’s sudden move to temporarily close the order books, it could be possible, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Want a 2017 Dodge Viper? You Might Have to go to Salisbury, NC to Get One
The 2017 model year will be the last for the Dodge Viper, and although sales have been rather slow in recent years — hence FCA’s decision to drop the nameplate — buying a late-production model will be a difficult task. The main reason for the Viper’s scarcity for 2017 is that a single buyer reportedly ordered almost every model that Dodge will build until the car is phased out.
That’s the word from Gerry Wood Dodge of Salisbury North Carolina, which claims that it has ordered 135 units of the 2017 Viper. According to the same dealer, that about "99 percent of remaining production."
"When it was finally confirmed that the Viper was going to cease production, I felt an obligation as a fan, owner, and Dodge dealer to help others experience the rare privilege of experiencing this amazing machine," explains dealership owner Brad Wood.
On top of that, Gerry Wood Dodge also commissioned three special-edition models. The first one goes by the name ACR Solid Edition and it is based on the Viper GTC. It features all the aerodynamic updates of the ACR, carbon-fiber elements, it is painted white, and limited to 18 units. Dubbed A/E Solid Edition, the second special-edition version is also based on the GTC, but equipped with the Advanced Aero Package. Finished in red, it is restricted to 14 examples. Lastly, there’s a Viper Black Stripe Edition model limited to only six units.
But that’s not all. The Salisbury dealership also created a special VIP program that includes private pickups at the two local airports, a free weekend at the race track, and finance terms of up to 84 months. Talk about finding ways to attract customers to the showroom...
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2016 Dodge Viper ACR by Geiger Cars
The Dodge Viper is headed to an ignominious ending but in fairness to Dodge, the American automaker is making sure that the Viper is going out with a bang. A slew of special edition models based on the Viper ACR have sold out in record time, proving that the Viper collector market is alive and healthy. Sadly, those special editions were of limited quantity so not everyone got the chance to own one. Fret not though because there’s another way to get a non-standard Viper ACR, one that involves taking the aftermarket route. It just so happens that Geiger Cars has just unveiled its new program for the Viper ACR that comes with a performance upgrade that spikes the 8.4-liter V-10’s engine to 765 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque.
The new numbers represent an increase of 120 ponies and 79 pound-feet of torque, enough to give the range-topping Viper some serious road and track capabilities. Imagine what a Geiger-tuned Viper ACR is capable of when the standard model has already set some serious lap times in a number of race tracks. I can only think of the possibilities but for owners of the Viper ACR, they can actually find out for themselves if they avail of Geiger Cars’ tuning program.
Speaking of the program, the engine upgrade isn’t the only thing included in the whole kit. The tuner is also offering what it calls an “Extreme Aero Package,” a set of carbon fiber body kits that were added to help keep Viper ACR owners from losing control of their sports cars. The whole kit can be a bit pricey, especially when you take into account possible shipping costs. But if the need matches up with the desires, then it shouldn’t be a problem adding more juice to the already potent Dodge Viper ACR.
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Dodge Viper Wins An Unlikely Award
The Dodge Viper has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. Not that it’s going to matter from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ perspective, but as the automaker prepares to once again send the Viper into the disabled list, it wouldn’t hurt for the model to get a little bit of shine, would it? How surprising is it then that the provider of good news is the Detroit Public Library’s National Automotive History Collection, which has named the Viper its most “Collectible Vehicle of the Future” for 2016.
For those not familiar with this award, the NAHC is basically predicting that models of the Viper launched in 2015 will fetch hefty sums in future auctions. The irony is overflowing on this one as the current state of the Viper doesn’t necessarily scream “future collector’s item.” On the contrary, the sports car’s paltry sales numbers are being blamed as the biggest reason why FCA is discontinuing the model for the time being. And yet, the NAHC thinks that the 2015 Viper has the potential to command frenzied bidding wars in future auctions?
Granted, the NAHC is a legitimate organization that touts itself as having “more than 600,000 documents” related to the auto industry, making it “the world’s most extensive public archive of automotive information.” The group didn’t earn that distinction by throwing out ridiculous statements and the NAHC Board of Trustees pays careful attention on the pulse of the industry to determine which model it thinks has a chance to be a future collectible.
But the Viper? It sounds silly to think about a model languishing in the sales charts being hailed as a future collectible. Even more perplexing, given the model’s tumultuous history since the turn of the century, is that the NAHC has bestowed the Viper the award three times before: 2003, 2007, and 2013. Maybe it deserved those awards at some point in its history, but there’s little indication about the 2015 Viper that points to it becoming a future must-have in any car collection.
Maybe the NAHC will be proven right 50 or so years from now. But today? It’s admittedly kind of hard to wrap our heads around the organization’s decision.
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FCA Almost Sold The Dodge Viper To A Group Of Private Investors
The problems that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has had with Dodge Viper is well-documented. As it turns out, the Viper was such a problem that FCA almost sold it to a group of deep-pocketed enthusiasts a few years ago. Word of this a rather shocking revelation that comes from The Truth About Cars, which managed to talk to none other than noted car collector James Glickenhaus, who himself had first-hand knowledge of the proposed deal.
According to TTAC, Glickenhaus served as an adviser to the group of investors who eventually backed out of the deal after doing their due diligence on the Viper’s business. Glickenahus himself advised on not doing the deal, arguing that anybody who ends up buying the business would have to sell “three times the number of Vipers” that Chrysler has been selling annually “just to break even.”
Considering how much trouble FCA already has had in convincing people to buy the Viper, the targets were simply too difficult to attain. That’s not to say that the group was in over its head from the very beginning because, apparently, they had the financial means to pull it off. It would just be too much of a headache to partake in and, ultimately, would not be worth all the trouble.
A spokesperson for FCA told TTAC that it wasn’t shopping the Viper “at this point in time” but refused to comment on whether the discussions with this group even took place. Glickenhaus did say that the automaker was receptive to the idea of selling the Viper, even adding that the deal, had it gone through, would have also included the production facility where it’s being built.
Whether the negotiations happened or not, none of it will change the current fate of the Viper, which is headed to retirement very soon now that FCA has thrown the white flag on the model.
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2016 Dodge Viper Venom 800 by Hennessey
Hennessey is one of those tuners that don’t need any introduction. But I’m going to give one anyway, especially since the company is responsible for the mind-blowing Venom GT, considered as arguable the fastest production car in the world. The American tuner doesn’t have anything remotely similar to the Venom GT here, but it does have a new tuning program for the Dodge Viper that borrows the Venom name. It’s officially called the Venom 800 and it packs 808 horsepower and 790 pound-feet of torque.
Those numbers may look eye-popping, but anybody who knows anything about Hennessey is aware that these are the kind of numbers the tuner is capable of producing. Heck, that Venom 800 program, as impressive as it looks, isn’t even the most powerful engine upgrade Hennessey has on offer for the Viper. It also has a bigger modification that squeezes out in excess of 1,000 horsepower out of the Viper’s 8.4-liter V-10 engine.
This is the kind of work that Hennessey is capable of. It’s not going to do wonders in the way of cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades, but when it comes to working on those V-8 engines, there aren’t that many American tuners that can come close to achieving what the Texas-based outfit is routinely capable of doing.
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Dodge Viper 25th Anniversary Editions Sold Out Within Hours
In late June 2016, Dodge announced four special-edition versions of the Viper as part of the sports car’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which also marks the end of production after the 2017 model year. Although slow sales is one of the main reasons why Dodge is discontinuing the Viper, the brand has announced that all limited-edition models have been sold out within a couple of days.
Specifically, the 1:28 Edition ACR, built in just 28 units, sold out within 40 minutes, while the VooDoo II Edition ACR, produced in 31 examples, sold out within two hours. All Snakeskin Edition GTC and GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR cars, built in 25 and 100 units, respectively, sold out within two ordering days. Quite impressive given that all these special-edition vehicles are based on cars that fetch in excess of $120,000 before options.
What’s more, Dodge is taking advantage of the sales frenzy and is introducing, following customer requests, a Snakeskin variant of the ACR. Production for Snakeskin ACR Edition will be limited to only 31 units and, based on the success of the Snakeskin Edition GTC, will probably sell out before you will finish reading this article. Well not exactly given that orders for this model will open in mid-July, but you get my drift.
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2016 Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
The third-generation Dodge Viper was unveiled in 2012, three years after Chrysler decided to discontinue the nameplate due to serious financial problems. The new sports car arrived with a slightly more aggressive exterior design, a revised cockpit, and a more powerful 8.4-liter V-10 engine connected to an updated transmission. Unlike its predecessor, the third-gen Viper was sold as a two-door coupe only. After five years during which it spawned many special-edition models, set lap records, and won races, the Viper will be phased out completely in 2017 due to slow sales and Chrysler’s shift to producing more profitable vehicles.
2017 also marks the Viper’s 25th year on the market, and Dodge is celebrating with no fewer than five special-edition models. One of them is the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, which also celebrates an important moment from the Viper’s past. Specifically, this model pays tribute to the 1998 GTS-R GTS Championship Edition, which was built to celebrate the Viper’s victory in the 1997 FIA GT2 championship.
"The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars at FCA North America. “With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks.”
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Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
It’s a well-known fact that the Dodge Viper will be discontinued after the 2017 model year. That choice came as a response to slow sales and Chrysler’s lack of motivation to engineer side-curtain airbags that could fit inside the cabin. So, it should come as no surprise that Dodge is taking advantage of the Viper’s 25th anniversary and subsequent discontinuance by creating a handful of limited-production models that will surely grab extra money from fans.
Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat, said, “The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set. With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks.”
Out of this handful of limited-production vipers, the one I’m here to talk about today is the Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC, which is essentially a remake of the 2010 Snakeskin Viper ACR that was offered back in 2010. The 2010 model, by the way, was built in just 31 units. To stay true to the whole “25th anniversary” thing, Dodge is sticking to building just 25 of the 2017 Snakeskin Edition GTC. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this model and what it brings to the table.
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2016 Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
The third-generation Dodge Viper came to be in 2012, when Chrysler revived the V-10-sports car after a three-year hiatus. Updated to a more aggressive exterior design and a friendlier interior, the sports car also gained a more powerful 8.4-liter V-10 engine and a revised transmission. Unlike its predecessor, which also spawned a roadster, the third-gen Viper was sold as a two-door coupe only. After some five years on the market in this configuration, the Viper will be phased out in 2017 due to slow sales and FCA’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) new focus on SUVs, crossovers, and other high-selling vehicles.
In a rather ironic match, the Viper’s last year on the market is also the one that marks its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the event, Dodge is launching five limited-edition models, one of which is the 1:28 Edition ACR. To be built in only 28 units for the 2017 model year, this model pays tribute to the lap record of 1:28.65 minutes that Randy Pobst set in a Dodge Viper ACR at Laguna Seca Raceway in October 2015. As the name suggests, the limited-edition sports car is based on the range-topping, track-prepped ACR model.
The exclusive Viper is also a spiritual success to the 2010 Viper ACR 1:33 Edition, which celebrated Dodge’s previous record of 1:33.915 at the same track. This was achieved in November 2009 and followed by a 33-unit limited run Viper.
"The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set. With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars at FCA North America.
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2016 Dodge Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR
It’s only been about six months since we started hearing rumors that FCA was killing off the Viper, but as you probably already know, the rumors are true. In January, FCA boss Sergio Marchionne said there was a “possibility” of its return someday, but there was no timetable. At the time, we assumed it was poor sales that was leading to the Viper’s signed and filed death warrant, but it turned out to be FCA’s inability (or lack of interest) in modifying the Viper to support side curtain airbags. Now, as we approach the final model year for the Viper, the Dodge brand is celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary by releasing five money-grabbing, limited-edition models, such as the one you see here – the VoooDoo II Edition ACR.
Tim Juniskis – the Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA North America – said, “The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set. With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks.”
This special-edition model takes after the first VooDoo edition that was released back in 2010, and features a number of aesthetic enhancements, but absolutely nothing in the form of drivetrain or chassis upgrades. There were 31 units of the original VooDoo edition built, so FCA has limited production of the VoooDoo II to just 31 units as well. No pricing information is available at this time, but as a limited-production model, you can bet Dodge is going to grab every penny it can from enthusiasts that hate to see the car go. With that said, join us as we take a closer look at the VoooDoo II and bid farewell to this iconic sports car.
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All-Natural Dodge Viper Goes 9.953 Seconds During Quarter Mile Run: Video
Covering a quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds with a naturally aspirated engine is difficult, even if said engine is already a whopping 8.4-liter V-10. To do that, car owners usually have to take the aftermarket route and find a tuner that can slap a turbocharger or a supercharger into the mix to give that extra jolt of power.
But, the owner of this Dodge Viper had different ideas. Instead of taking that forced induction route, he opted to simply do some upgrades on some of the V-10’s parts, including the heads and camshafts. With these changes, he believed that he could break the sub-10-second mark in a quarter mile. As it turns out, he was right.
During a recent drag meet, the driver managed to set a new world record for an all-engine, fifth-generation Viper when he clocked in a quarter-mile time of 9.953 seconds at a speed of 140.69 mph. The record didn’t come easy, though, as he only set it on what appears to be his third attempt after posting times of 10.082 and 10.096 seconds in his first and second attempts, respectively.
But yeah, third time’s the charm for this Viper owner, who can now proudly claim to owning a world record. It’s unclear what kind of other modifications were done on the Viper to run that fast, although I suspect that an ECU tune was done to complement the larger heads and camshafts that were installed into the engine. Whatever the case may be, that quarter-mile time is very impressive and is right in the vicinity of what the three hybrid hypercars - the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder - are all capable of.
Even if it’s headed down the path to cancellation, the Dodge Viper still can’t find a way to escape the news. Fiat Chrysler’s decision to ax the Viper was thought to have been because of its poor sales. While that’s a justifiable reason for the sports car to go bye-bye, a more telling reason behind the Viper’s demise has come to light. Anonymous sources tell MotorTrend that it’s Dodge’s inability to fit side curtain airbags into the Viper. It’s for this reason that FCA, Dodge’s parent company, has chosen to end Viper production in 2017.
The issue with the side curtain airbags points to a requirement by the U.S. government for all 2017 model year vehicles to have side curtain airbags in place. That presents a dilemma for the Viper since fitting side curtain airbags into the car won’t be possible without cutting into the coupe’s already tight headroom. This new requirement points to another flaw in the Viper – its exclusively dedicated platform. With all these issues, FCA eventually decided that fixing them isn’t worth the headache, hence the decision to end production.
It’s unfortunate seeing one of this country’s most celebrated sports cars have an ignominious exit like this, especially after the admittedly awesome Dodge Viper ACR debunked the nation that the model had become stale. Hopefully, those talks of bringing back the Viper at a later date come to fruition. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne already said that if the Viper does come back, it’s going to be dramatically different from what we’re used to, but at this point, we, or at least I won’t be picky about what the future is for the sports car for as long as it doesn’t end up six feet under the ground.
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