2013 SRT Viper

2013 SRT Viper High Resolution Exterior
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  • SRT Viper
  • Year:
    2013
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  • Engine:
    V10
  • Transmission:
    Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    640
  • Torque @ RPM:
    600
  • Displacement:
    8.4 L
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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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Wallpaper of the Day: Dodge Viper SRT 10

Wallpaper of the Day: Dodge Viper SRT 10

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.

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Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million

Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million

And it’s all for a good cause to boot

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

FCA Boss Shoots The Ravens That Were Reporting on Possible Dodge Viper Return

It’s not going to happen, folks!

Sergio Marchionne claims that reviving the Dodge Viper is “not in the plan” because it didn’t sell enough but he would be happy if FCA could find a way to get it done.

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The Dodge Viper Could Return As Soon As 2020!

The Dodge Viper Could Return As Soon As 2020!

Based on Maserati Alfieri?

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.

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The Dodge Viper May Be Coming Back, Proving Its Discontinuation Was a Scheme to Make Money

The Dodge Viper May Be Coming Back, Proving Its Discontinuation Was a Scheme to Make Money

Guess those collectible special editions aren’t so valueable now, are they?

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.

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Watch A 2,600-HP Dodge Viper Destroy The Half Mile: Video

Watch A 2,600-HP Dodge Viper Destroy The Half Mile: Video

A few snakes with some serious bite

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!

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The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity

The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity

1,500 horsepower under the hammer!

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?

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FCA Turning Old Viper Plant Into a Car Museum; Auctioning off Viper Memorabilia for Charity

FCA Turning Old Viper Plant Into a Car Museum; Auctioning off Viper Memorabilia for Charity

At least the former production facility still has some use to it

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.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 Dodge SRT Viper

Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 Dodge SRT Viper

The Viper may no longer be with us, but it will forever live on in our hearts.

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The Departed: 10 Cars That Have Been Discontinued For 2018

The Departed: 10 Cars That Have Been Discontinued For 2018

It was a good ride for these models while it lasted

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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Which Sports Car Should Be Revived?

Which Sports Car Should Be Revived?

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!

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A Sad Sight: Cars Victimized by Mother Nature as Hurricane Harvey Ripped Through Texas

A Sad Sight: Cars Victimized by Mother Nature as Hurricane Harvey Ripped Through Texas

An estimated one million vehicles destroyed

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.

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Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video

Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video

7:01.3 lap time is still worthy of a standing ovation

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.

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Dodge Viper ACR's Quest For Nurburgring Glory Still Falls Short

Dodge Viper ACR’s Quest For Nurburgring Glory Still Falls Short

The Viper Owners Association isn’t giving up just yet

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

Pour One Out For The Dodge Viper

A eulogy for the depart OG American sports car

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

Crowdfunded Nürburgring Run Is A Fitting Send-Off For The Dodge Viper

Donations helped make the Viper’s return to the ’Ring possible

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

The End Is Nigh For the Dodge Viper

FCA confirms the Viper’s production facility will be closed

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

FCA Gives Dodge Viper Official Expiration Date

After 25 on-and-off years of being America’s last true sports car, the Viper will be retired on August 31, 2017

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

Here’s Your Chance To Send The Dodge Viper ACR Back To The Nürburgring

Give the snake another crack at the lap record!

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

Dodge Reopens Order Books For Viper and Viper ACR Models

Short supply on parts forced production of the sports car to stall

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

Dodge Viper Making a Bumpy Exit as Dodge Puts Temporary Hold on Ordering

Dodge didn’t realize it would receive so many orders

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.

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Want a 2017 Dodge Viper? You Might Have to go to Salisbury, NC to Get One

Want a 2017 Dodge Viper? You Might Have to go to Salisbury, NC to Get One

Single dealer ordered almost all remaining Vipers

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

2016 Dodge Viper ACR by Geiger Cars

German tuner puts some extra hot sauce on the Viper ACR’s V-10 engine

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

Dodge Viper Wins An Unlikely Award

Even more perplexing, the Viper has won the award four times in the last 13 years

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

FCA Almost Sold The Dodge Viper To A Group Of Private Investors

The deal fell through because the investors backed out on the advice of James Glickenhaus

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

2016 Dodge Viper Venom 800 by Hennessey

American tuner does it again with another stomach-churning upgrade for the Dodge Viper

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

Dodge Viper 25th Anniversary Editions Sold Out Within Hours

Set to get the axe in 2017, the Viper is selling like hot cakes

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

2016 Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR

Dodge celebrates the Viper’s racing success with limited, 25th anniversary model

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

Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC

One of five limited-production models celebrating the Viper’s 25th anniversary

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

2016 Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR

Dodge celebrates the Viper’s Laguna Seca lap record with a limited-edition ACR model

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

2016 Dodge Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR

A limited-production run celebrating 25 years of Viper

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

All-Natural Dodge Viper Goes 9.953 Seconds During Quarter Mile Run: Video

That time is a world record for a naturally aspirated, fifth-generation Dodge Viper

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.

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Dodge Viper's Demise Tied To Non-Compliance To New Airbag Regulations

Dodge Viper’s Demise Tied To Non-Compliance To New Airbag Regulations

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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Dodge Viper Could Return... Sometime In The Future

Dodge Viper Could Return... Sometime In The Future

The Dodge Viper has been one of the most polarizing performance cars of this generation. Lauded for its brashness and outright disdain for anything resembling efficiency, the Viper has also never been the kind of sales force that parent company Fiat Chrysler has hoped for. The latter is a big reason why the current iteration of the Viper already has an expiration date for 2017 with no clear plans for a successor. And yet, just when it seemed like the eulogy for the Viper is about to be written, it appears that the sports car isn’t headed for the grave just yet. At least that’s what FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted at during his annual press conference at the North American International Auto Show.

According to Marchionne, there is a “possibility” that the Viper could make yet another comeback. The only problem is that there’s no timetable for it, not even for the man who calls the shots in the company. If Marchionne and the rest of the decision-makers over at FCA do decide to bring it back, expect it to be packaged much differently than the current model. For starters, the platform would be new, as would its engine. Fortunately, sister company Alfa Romeo has just developed a new rear-wheel-drive architecture that Dodge could use on the next Viper. It’s already signed up the new Challenger and Charger models for this platform so there’s a possibility that the Viper could follow suit.

Just as important is what engine the “next” Viper will receive. The 8.4-liter V-10 currently powering the incumbent model will no doubt be axed in favor of something smaller and more efficient in order to keep up with the current global conditions. FCA will still likely focus on its performance capabilities, but it would be done through other measures like making the car lighter and using turbochargers on the engine instead of continuing with the naturally aspirated engine.

These changes might run counter to the ethos of the Viper, but it’s important to remember that these plans aren’t set in stone yet. Even Marchionne couldn’t say if it’s happening, so until there’s more concrete news that the Viper will live again, it’s probably best to temper those expectations right now.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Video

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Video

The Corvette vs Viper debate has been keeping gearheads on their toes ever since the latter was launched back in 1992. And, even though SRT has always stressed that the Viper is a much more exclusive machine that shouldn’t be compared to the more mainstream Corvette, the battle became much more intense when the brand launched the Viper ACR, which was seen as rival to the Corvette ZR1 and, more recently, the C7-based Z06.

While I do agree with Ralph Gilles’ assertion that the Viper and the Corvette are very different (V-10 vs V-8 engine, the Viper is hand-built and doesn’t have an automatic option etc), I also think that the two have similar purposes that put them in a niche of their own. Let’s face it, the Corvette is more similar to a Viper rather than... say a Porsche 911. All told, I also can’t help but compare the two, especially when they come with Z06 and ACR badges on their rear fascias.

So, which one is quicker and better on the race track? You’ll find that out in about 20 minutes after you hit play and watch Motor Trend’s latest episode of "Head 2 Head." The magazine compared a 2016 model year Viper ACR with a 2015 model year Corvette Z06 equipped with the Z07 package. The best part is that the comparison takes place on the iconic Laguna Seca, with help from SCCA hall of famer Randy Pobst, before being tested on public roads to see how they handle as daily drivers.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR by GeigerCars

2016 Dodge Viper ACR by GeigerCars

How do you improve a car that has already set lap records at 13 road tracks in the US, including Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, and Willow Springs? The short answer is you don’t. GeigerCars could have taken its usual course of modifying the Dodge Viper ACR to turn it into the black mamba of the race track. Or, it could just try to replicate the viciousness of the Viper ACR by developing its own aerodynamic package that can replicate the sports car’s record-breaking capabilities.

The German tuner opted for the latter and so here we are. This is GeigerCars’ take on the Viper ACR and it comes with what the company calls an “Extreme Aero Package” to help improve the car’s performance capabilities and turn it into a razor-sharp street legal track car across the Atlantic.

The aerodynamic modifications on this Viper are extensive and were developed with the singular purpose of improving its handling on the track. There was very little work done on the engine - surprising, right? - but according to Geiger, any improvement on the power of the Viper’s 8.4-liter V-10 engine would’ve made the car a handful to drive in any condition.

In the end, GeigerCars reconfigured the Viper the way it intended it to. It still won’t be the fastest car on the autobahn, but with all the modifications tied into improving the car’s overall handling, I can’t imagine how awesome this car can go on a race track, especially in those tight corners.

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Dodge Partners With Bob Bondurant For High Performance Driving Lessons

Dodge Partners With Bob Bondurant For High Performance Driving Lessons

Bob Bondurant has been a professional driving instructor since 1968 and now he has teamed up with Dodge and SRT to create “The Official High Performance Driving School of Dodge/SRT.” As part of the changeover deal, Bondurant’s entire fleet of high performance vehicles is being replaced by almost 100 SRT vehicles including the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Dodge Viper. The school will even have a Dodge Viper ACR on hand that some will have the opportunity to drive, given they are skilled enough and qualify for a chance to take it around the track.

This isn’t just good news for Dodge, Bondurant and those who attend his school of high performance driving. As part of this deal between Dodge and Bondurant, starting January 1st, 2016, all Dodge customers that purchase a 2015 or 2016 model SRT will get a full day of professional instruction and track time as part of the purchase.

In a press release, Tim Kuniskis – the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, Fiat, and FCA North America – said, “Teaming up with Bob Bondurant, whose method of training has served more than a half-million drivers from around the world for nearly half a century, gives our Dodge/SRT owners the perfect track environment and professional guidance to hone their performance driving skills and gives us the chance to expose our lineup of SRT vehicles to a new group of performance car enthusiasts.” He continued, “We want drivers to develop an appreciation for the levels of performance our Dodge/SRT vehicles are capable of delivering.”

Once a 2015 or 2016 SRT model has been purchased, new owners will have one year from the purchase or lease date to take their one-day course. Participants in the program receive full access to the school and the SRT vehicles on hand for track driving. Available courses will include skid control, line technique, accident avoidance, and a lead-and-follow session.

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2015 Dodge Viper GTS 710R By GeigerCars

2015 Dodge Viper GTS 710R By GeigerCars

The Dodge Viper will be never be confused for being one of those cars that’s sensitive to the whims of the environment. Eco-friendliness isn’t in the Viper’s vocabulary and that’s fine for those loyal to the homegrown sports car. These type of people kneel at the altar of that 8.4-liter V-10 engine, one that produces a whopping 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. German tuner Geiger Cars counts itself among this lot and it has even taken its love for the Viper to a whole new level courtesy of a new tuning program dedicated to the American sports car.

Comprised mainly of aero upgrades and performance modifications, Geiger Cars is no stranger to these type of builds. Over the years, it has built programs for the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro. In other words, tuning kits for American sports cars is Geiger’s jam.

Sure, the Viper might need things of that sort considering that it already packs a wallop just by having that V-10 sitting under its hood. But, like most tuning shops, Geiger Cars isn’t concerned with what’s already there as much as what’s not there…yet.

Owners of the Viper, especially those in Germany, should at least give this new program a look. It’s one thing to have 640 horsepower rampaging along the Autobahns. It’s another thing entirely to do the same with more than 700 ponies at your disposal.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

When Dodge showcased the Viper ACR Concept at the 2014 SEMA Show, I began to wonder whether Chrysler finally realized that the ACR needs to return at the top of Viper lineup. Come 2015, and its seems the ACR Concept was just a teaser of things to come, as Dodge has just unveiled a new Viper ACR. The nameplate returns for the second time, after a five-year hiatus, with an aerodynamic package that’s arguably the most extreme in the Viper’s 22-year history.

The ACR, short for American Club Racing, was initially introduced in 1999, three years into the second generation of the V-10-powered sports car. Available as a coupe only, the ACR received an array of aerodynamic and mechanical updates for improved performance at the track. Discontinued for the third-gen Viper, the track-ready machine returned in 2008 with even more updates. In 2011, it lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes and 12.13 seconds, now the sixth-fastest lap for a production car on the "Green Hell."

Whether Dodge is out to set a new benchmark at the ’Ring is yet unknown, but Dodge’s press release does speak about "unprecedented lap times." And judging by the new aero bits added to the ACR, it would be more than capable to improve the previous benchmark on the Nordschleife. Join me in the review below for more details on the 2016 Viper ACR.

Updated 11/04/2015: Dodge announced that its new 2016 Viper ACR established more track records than any production car in the world. The sports car certified lap records at 13 road courses, including world-famous Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway. At Laguna the ACR became faster than cars like Porsche 918 Spyder - which lapped the track in 1:29.89. A series of nine new video will offer you the chance to watch how some of this records were established.

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Dodge Viper Rumored To Be Killed In 2017; No Successor Planned

Dodge Viper Rumored To Be Killed In 2017; No Successor Planned

Chrysler may finally be ready to send the Dodge Viper out to pasture after reports surfaced that the company is leaning on letting the current generation model run its production course in 2017 with no clear-cut replacement model scheduled to arrive after that. According to Allpar, the rumored departure of the Viper will coincide with the shut down of Chrysler’s production facility in Detroit.

For all the things the Viper represented – it had all-American looks and a powerful engine – the sports car never really gained the kind of traction that Dodge hoped it would. In fact, the Viper’s existence has been met with numerous episodes of discontent, especially the current generation model. Launched in late 2012, the present iteration of the Viper has never been able to live up to its own hype as low sales numbers have plagued the American sports car to the point that Dodge even halted production for two months back in March 2014 and took $15,000 off of its price tag in September 2014.

Now that the rumored closure of the Detroit factory appears to be coming to fruition, I’m wondering if the Viper, which is built in the same facility, will also go by the wayside. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising considering that Chrysler has already toyed with this idea in the past. It would be disappointing, though, for all the reasons that the Viper was supposed to stand for but never quite attained in its life.

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An Ode To The Dodge Viper - Episode 1: Video

An Ode To The Dodge Viper - Episode 1: Video

Maybe you’re a fan and maybe you aren’t, but it’s hard to deny that there is something special about the Dodge Viper. Designed with help from Carroll Shelby to be a modern take on the same philosophy that underpinned the original 1963 Shelby Cobra, the car was a serious departure from what was going on in the American automotive industry when it first appeared as a concept in 1989. The changes to the car have been evolutionary, and as minimal as possible over the years, a fact that makes fans of the car incredibly happy.

The Viper has been rewarded with some seriously loyal fans, and the video here has been made for them. This is just an intro though; it teases a whole series of videos that get far more in depth about the history of the Viper and the people involved in all sorts of aspects of it. It does have a bit of an unfortunate corporate training video kind of a feel to it, and to say that at times the sound mixing doesn’t do the exhaust note justice would be a massive understatement. But the subject matter is interesting, and these things presumably won’t be as noticeable in the finished product.

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American Couple Has 79 Vipers In Their Snake Pit

American Couple Has 79 Vipers In Their Snake Pit

The Dodge Viper attracts some of the most diehard fans in the automotive world. They tend not to be as affluent as buyers of other cars in the Viper’s price range, and that’s because they aren’t just buying a sports car because they have the money, they’re buying a Viper because they just have to have a Viper. But Wayne and D’Anne Rauh have taken it quite a bit further. The couple has just added two new Vipers to their collection, bringing the total up to 79 units in all. That’s a lot of Vipers, but after a certain point, you’re probably just seeing how far you can push it.

The two most recent additions to the collections are Viper GTS models which have been customized with Dodge’s “1 of 1” program. It allowed the couple to get a sort of his-and-hers pair of cars, at least as far as the color schemes go. The press release doesn’t go into much more detail about the other 77 Vipers in the collection, but the couple has said in the past that they don’t consider themselves collectors, just big fans of the Viper. Look it up, guys. That’s a collection.

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Dodge Hellcats and Viper Will Be Featured In New "Predators" Campaign: Video

Dodge Hellcats and Viper Will Be Featured In New "Predators" Campaign: Video

How do you feel about 700-horsepower muscle cars? What about Phil Collins? If these are both things you appreciate, then you’ll probably find a lot to like in Dodge’s latest marketing campaign, entitled ‘Predators.’ The sinister new spot features a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and a 2015 Dodge Viper GTS executing a few smoky donuts and skidding around the deserted nighttime streets of Miami. Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ provides the soundtrack — which science has proven to have the greatest drum-fill in the history of music.

The new commercials, both 30- and 90-second versions, highlight Dodge SRT’s halo products and how they shape Dodge’s image as a whole. “We don’t build Hellcats or Vipers for high volume, we build them as brand positioning statements,” says Dodge, SRT and FCA boss Tim Kuniskis. “These vehicles may be a small percentage of our overall sales but they send a very strong message about the brand personality and attitude.”

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Dodge Expands Its "1 of 1" Customization Program With New Matte Exterior Finish

Dodge Expands Its "1 of 1" Customization Program With New Matte Exterior Finish

As if owning a new 2015 Dodge Viper wasn’t already rewarding enough, Dodge launched the factory-customizable Viper GTC earlier this year for those who had a little extra time and money on their hands. With this program, Dodge promised buyers the ability to build a true “1-of-1” 2015 Viper GTC, with options like 8,000 exterior colors and 24,000 stripe combinations. For 2016, Dodge further ensures that these custom Viper GTCs will not only be one of a kind, but will be equally eye-catching thanks to a new available matte paint finish.

Using the paint method first introduced on the 2014 Dodge Viper Anodized Carbon in 2014, the 2016 Dodge Viper GTC will be able to have a regular matte paint finish or an exclusive metallic matte finish. Dodge didn’t say how long it takes to complete a matte paint job on the new Viper, but the current palette of existing colors takes anywhere from 145 to 160 man-hours to hand paint.

The result is that the 2016 Dodge Viper GTC is now available with double the customizable features, including 16,000 paint colors and 48,000 stripe packages, as well as 16 interior trim combinations, 11 wheel options and various packages for aero kits (seven), suspension options (four) and brake caliper colors (three).

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You Can Now Order The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

You Can Now Order The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

Dodge has just announced pricing for its recently re-introduced Viper ACR (American Club Racer) model, and is currently taking orders. MSRP is set at $117,895 (before destination and gas guzzler taxes). Upgrades over the base model include a slew of high-performance, track-ready components, which Dodge promises will deliver “ultimate handling, performance and road course domination.” It’s 8.4-liters of lap-time demolition, all in a package you can (legally) drive straight from the pits to your garage. 

The ACR was originally unleashed in 1999, followed by the ACR-X for the second gen. The last ACR model we saw was available for the 2010 model year, with Dodge bringing a new concept to SEMA in 2014. The 2016 model was officially unveiled last week, and will be “hand-built” at the improved Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan, which reopened in 2012 with new equipment and manufacturing techniques. 

“This is without a doubt the best Viper ACR ever,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge and SRT Brands, FCA North America. “The latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology will ensure its legendary performance reputation around the world.”

Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, with 2016 models slated to hit dealerships shortly thereafter. 

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How The Dodge Viper Is Being Hand-Built In Detroit

How The Dodge Viper Is Being Hand-Built In Detroit

Since 1995, the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, has been responsible for the creation of one of America’s most iconic sports cars – the Dodge Viper. But in 2010, the 50-year-old plant was put on hiatus, and the fate of the snake was thrown into doubt. Two years later, however, the plant reopened, and the fifth-gen Viper was unleashed upon the world. Now, the Conner Ave facility has been upgraded and improved, sporting modern equipment and techniques, all the while retaining its coachbuilder philosophy.

“The motto of the Conner Avenue plant is ‘dedicated people building dreams’,” said Doug Gouin, Conner Avenue Assembly Plant Manager, FCA US LLC. “The plant is filled with some of the most amazing car builders in the auto industry, building a vehicle that most people can only aspire to. The workers here are craftspeople, committed to delivering the best quality vehicle possible to our customers. Some of them are Viper owners themselves, so the job becomes very personal. They know they are keepers of the Viper legacy."

Of the approximate 30,000 Vipers built since 1992, 24,000 came from Conner Ave. The plant now boasts being “hospital-clean, bright and more organized to increase the efficiency of each operation.” The 400,000-square-foot facility houses some 64 autoworkers, each contributing to the “handcrafted build process” of producing the new Viper.

“There is a sense of pride about being part of the Viper team,” said Greg Rinehart, a Team Leader who has been with Viper since 1994. “Every vehicle that leaves this plant is like one of our children. Each owner becomes part of our family. We were grateful when they decided to bring Viper back and gave us the opportunity to be part of the future.”

Read on to get an in-depth look at the build process.

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Dodge Launches Online Viper GTC Customizer

Dodge Launches Online Viper GTC Customizer

Looking to waste an hour or two? Then check out the 2015 Dodge Viper GTC customizer that just went live. Unlike your typical vehicle configurator, this customizer allows prospective Viper buyers and dreamers to choose from a number of different options and features, including 8,000 paint colors, 24,000 striping options and 16 interior trims. In total, Dodge says that there are more than 25 million available combinations to a create a one-of-one Viper.

Once created, users are able to download a PDF of their customized Viper showing a breakdown of all the add-ons, but the coolest part is that the images can be shared on the drivesrt.com/viper homepage and voted on by others. Dodge ensures that “no two customers can order the same configuration,” and with all of the ways there are to customize the Viper GTC, it’s easy to see how Dodge can make such a claim.

The Viper GTC and the 1-of-1 customization program was introduced earlier this year, and the cars will start rolling off the assembly line this month. Playing around with the website is fun and all, but if you’re serious about buying a bespoke 2015 Dodge Viper GTC, it will cost you at least $94,995, which isn’t that bad considering it’s only a $10,000 premium over the base Viper. It’s not clear how much extra certain paint jobs will cost, but buyers do get a personalized badge on the instrument panel as well as a personal “Viper Concierge.”

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This Is what The 2025 Viper Could Look Like

This Is what The 2025 Viper Could Look Like

Dodge has always had a particular kind of demographic: people in their 20s, and people who think they’re in their 20s. It’s just kind of what happens when you specialize in fulfilling the most juvenile of automotive desires. So you’d think asking high-school students to design the Dodge of the future would be a no-brainer. But it’s a little more complicated than that. Mostly because people who think they’re in their 20s want the car they wanted when they actually were.

It’s a tightrope to walk, and Dodge has done it by specializing in modern interpretations of muscle-era dream machines. The Charger and Challenger are obvious examples; but even the Viper was created as an homage to Peter Brock’s Shelby Daytona Coupe of the 1960s. It’s not easy to tread that line between past and future — but Chrysler-Fiat may have found a few designers worthy of the task.

This year’s Chrysler-sponsored Detroit Autorama Design Competition was a little different than the last two. Previously, the competition was open only to Michigan high-school students; but new owners Fiat bid "benvenuti!" to all comers nationwide. The four finalists, and in particular the winner, 18-year-old Joshua Blundo of New Hampshire, proved the Italians wise in opening the national floodgates. His 2025 Viper truly does look like something we might see in 10 years or so, given the Viper’s design direction over the years.

Don’t doubt these precocious designers. Joshua isn’t the only one who’ll be in his late 20s when this beast hits the streets, assuming it does. All four are off to a fantastic start, crafting the look of things to come in the automotive world. And if this is a vision of the future, it looks like those of us who still think we’re their age then will find kindred spirits in the Mopar design department.

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Dodge Viper ACR Concept Will Make It To Production

Dodge Viper ACR Concept Will Make It To Production

The 2015 Viper ACR Concept, first introduced at the 2014 SEMA Show, has been green-lighted for production. At least that’s what Allpar claims, quoting a "reliable source." According to the report, the new Viper ACR would start production in July 2015 as a 2016 model. The news comes as a surprise, given the Viper has had a rough 2014, with production being halted for two months due to slow sales.

Built for the 2014 SEMA Show on fifth-generation Viper underpinnings, the ACR Concept features all the goodies seen on previous models, including a carbon-fiber splitter and canards for the front bumper, a race-spec vented hood, a massive rear wing, massive brakes and the signature ACR livery. Allpar makes no mention of how many of these features will make it onto the production car, but it’s safe to assume that Dodge will take no prisoners in making the new ACR quicker than its forerunner.

Should the ACR Concept become a production car you can buy at dealers, expect it to sit at the top of the Viper range in terms of price, with a sticker well above the $100,000 mark.

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Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

If the 2015 North American International Auto Show is a litmus test for the future of the automotive industry, sports car enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to. This year’s Detroit show had an eclectic mix of introductions ranging from high-efficiency green cars to pickup trucks, but most surprising was the large number of high-horsepower performance cars.

Regardless of what type of performance you like, the Detroit Auto Show had it. There were high-powered sedans like the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Lexus GS F, there are more practical vehicles like Mercedes GLE63 AMG S Coupe and Ford F-150 Raptor and traditional sports coupes like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R also had their time to shine. Stealing the spotlight, though, was the debut of two awe-inspiring supercars: the 2017 Ford GT and the production version (finally) of the Acura NSX

While both of these cars showcase the future that awaits supercar enthusiasts, they both do so in slightly different manners. The Ford GT, which will enter production next year in time to run in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, is all about racing with an aero-tuned body and the “most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever,” with initial estimates rating this mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6 at more than 600 horsepower. The 2016 Acura NSX is more of a high-tech beast with a mid-engine, twin-turbo V-6 producing "north of 550 horsepower," which is paired to a three-motor electric drive system resulting in the latest version of Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Of course, we still have to wait for pricing on both of these new offerings, but it seems like the NSX will start in the $150,000 range while the GT will likely be a bit higher.

The birth of the hypercar may have already changed how we, as enthusiasts, look at sports cars (including the high-end supercars), but for now, we take a look at how the newest breed of supercars — those that have debuted over the last year — stack up against the Ford GT and Acura NSX.

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Dodge Viper - DNA of a Supercar: Video

Dodge Viper - DNA of a Supercar: Video

Now that the Dodge Viper name is back and the fifth-gen version of this American supercar has a lower, more realistic price, Dodge is doing a little cheerleading for its world-class halo car with an exhaustive 22-minute video. In this well-done mini documentary titled “Viper: DNA of a Supercar,” Dodge highlights the changes made to the updated and renamed 2015 Dodge Viper as well as showcasing the coupe’s hand-built craftsmanship.

As is the case with the Viper itself, the video is a little over the top with dubbed-in music and exhaust notes and the sometimes-cheesy narrative, but that makes it no less enjoyable to watch with an equal dose of choreographed driving shots and behind-the-scenes action that literally shows how the new Viper comes to life. Just about every aspect of the Viper’s Conner Assembly Plant build process is painstakingly revealed from the construction of the carbon-fiber components and hand-sewn interior bits to the testing of the bare chassis and the final paint process, which alone takes up 160 hours. This video boasts as much about the 2015 Dodge Viper as it does the hundreds of people who help hand-assemble the car in Detroit, MI.

The excitement, of course, comes from the rolling shots taken at Chrysler’s test track, driving around town and even being drifted through a dried up lake bed. All the time the Viper’s retuned, 8.4-liter V-10 can be heard pumping out its incredible 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

If you have 22 minutes to kill, this is definitely not a bad way to do it.

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Dodge Introduces Viper '1 of 1' Customization Program

Dodge Introduces Viper ’1 of 1’ Customization Program

With Viper deliveries back on track after Chrysler slashed its sticker price by $15,000, Dodge has restarted Viper production and can now focus on rolling updated models off its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. Having already announced various upgrades across the lineup for the 2015 model year, Dodge launched a new custom GTC model and a new program that gives buyers the opportunity to create their very own "1 of 1" Viper.

Similar to customization programs available from manufacturers such as by Ferrari and Lamborghini — Dodge claims it’s an industry-first feature — the Viper’s "1 of 1" Exclusivity program enables customers to choose from 8,000 different exterior color options, 24,000 bespoke stripe colors, 10 wheel options, 16 interior trims and no less than six aero packages. The result is more than 25 million ways (in your face Mini!) to customize a Viper, which means we’ll be seeing a lot of unique Snakes on American roads starting 2015.

The program is only available with the new Viper GTC model, which comes with all the features available on the GT trim. Newly introduced for 2015, the latter comes equipped with standard Alcantara and Nappa leather seats finished in either black, Demonic Red or Sepia, with accent stitching. Other features that set it apart from the base model include a driver-selectable suspension system with Bilsten DampTronic Select shock absorbers with street and track settings and a revised sixth-gear ratio for reduced engine noise at highway cruising speeds.

The Viper GTC is priced from $94,995, precisely $10,000 more than the base model. The sticker includes the the ability to create a "1 of 1" design, a personalized instrument panel badge, Concierge Service, and Viper Ambassador Owner’s Portal with exclusive sharable content to track the build of the car. To help customers confirm their exterior color and stripe choices, Dodge will provide a complimentary Viper speed form — a 1:18 scale replica before their Viper is built. The customization program is available exclusively for customer orders, excluding dealer stock. To keep the cars unique, Dodge won’t accept the same configuration from more than one customer. Also, the company won’t paint more than one Viper in the same exterior color in the same model year. Orders for the Viper GTC and the customization program begin in February 2015.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper TA: Video

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper TA: Video

Ever since the Dodge Viper Time Attack smashed the Corvette ZR1’s lap record at Laguna Seca, GM enthusiasts have been waiting for a new supercharged Vette to put bowtie-badged sports car atop Chrysler’s V-10-powered Snake once again. With the 650-horsepower Z06 already in dealerships as of December 2015, it seemed Corvette gearheads finally had the tool to beat the Viper. All we had to do is wait for someone to bring the two together for a comparison to find out which is faster. Well, the first video just hit the Interwebz and things don’t look good for Chevy’s new race-bred Z06.

The folks over at ThatRacingChannel just released a video in which a 2015 Corvette Z06 with the seven-speed manual transmission is put to test against a 2014 Dodge Viper TA. Both cars are bone stock and only 700 miles and 1,700 miles on their odometers, respectively. The drivers did multiple runs, including 20-to-140 mph from second to fourth gear, 60-to-155 mph from second to fifth, as well as a 0-to-155-mph sprint from first to fifth gear. Although the Z06 manages to sneak in front at times, the Viper goes on to win the battles, an unexpected and certainly upsetting result for Corvette fans.

How is this possible? Well, we don’t have all the details about the specifics of this rather illegal duel or the skills of the two drivers, but it may have something to do with the fact that the Viper is about 140 pounds lighter than the Z06. Sure, the latter comes with an extra 10 ponies and 50 pound-feet of torque, but the Snake’s aerodynamic package could’ve played a key role in this drag race. Of course, this duel isn’t exactly relevant, but until a proper comparison is made, the supercharged Z06 has to live with the idea that it has been defeated by its older, all-motor competitor. Suddenly, "there’s no replacement for displacement" sounds downright accurate.

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Dodge Has Big Plans to Save the Viper

Dodge Has Big Plans to Save the Viper

Dodge is reportedly turning its attention to the slow-selling Viper now that the automaker has the 2015 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models shipping to dealerships. With sales of the Viper just now rebounding after a drastic price cut, the brand is looking to make its next move.

The 645-horse Viper is no longer the horsepower king of the Pentastar, but that might not last for long. In an interview with Detroit News, Dodge CEO and President Tim Kuniskis was quiet on details surrounding the Viper’s future, but eluded to a brewing marketing pitch for the twin-seat supercar. A $15,000 price reduction and an appearance on a recent “Dodge Brothers” commercial has helped boost sales some 200 percent in month-over-month sales.

"We’re going to tell a story here shortly that I think has needed to be told for a long time about how this is the only handmade supercar in the industry," said Kuniskis. While the Viper isn’t really the only handmade supercar, it is paid special attention to at the factory. It takes 10 days to build and its carbon-fiber bodywork is hand-laid.

So what’s next for Dodge’s halo car? Perhaps a serious boost in power to exceed the Hellcat’s 707 horsepower. That would keep the Viper on top and beat the best Chevrolet has to offer in the 2015 Corvette Z06 and likely any upcoming Ford Mustang derivative. Only time will tell, but until further word, we can rest easy knowing the Viper is getting a lot more venomous.

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2015 Dodge Viper TA 2.0 Special Edition

2015 Dodge Viper TA 2.0 Special Edition

What a rough year 2014 was for the Viper, one during which we often asked ourselves whether Chrysler would axe the nameplate for the third time. Production was halted for several months due to slow sales and hundreds of units sitting on dealer lots, with only the massive discount introduced in September bringing more customers to Dodge dealerships. We say Dodge dealerships because 2014 was also the year in which the Viper returned under its initial badge after Chrysler decided to relegate the SRT brand back to its former performance-division status. With deliveries back on track, Dodge has restarted Viper production and can now focus on launching updated models for 2015. First on the list is the Time Attack model, which returns as the TA 2.0.

Not much has changed with the 2015 model year update. The TA carries the same aerodynamic body, the same interior and the same suspension updates. However, there are a few aero bits, slightly revised graphics, five extra ponies rumbling under the hood and, more importantly, pricing has dropped by more than $20,000. Read on for the full details.

Updated 01/08/2015: Dodge decided it was about time to let us know how the Viper TA 2.0 Special Edition looks like and it dropped the first images of the sports car. All we can say is: not bad at all.

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Video: Matt Farah Drives the 2014 Dodge Viper TA

Video: Matt Farah Drives the 2014 Dodge Viper TA

The Dodge Viper has always been that snake in the grass, lying there, just waiting to strike. However, since its reintroduction in 2013 it has been hindered by its big-money price tag. Now for 2015, Dodge (no long is the Viper under the now-defunct SRT brand) has hacked a commendable $15,000 off its base MSRP, knocking it down to a more reasonable — and competitive — $84,995.

Helping to move the remaining 2014 models off showroom floors, Dodge is only building the top-tier Viper TA for the time being. So with a new price, and the added benefits of the TA high-performance package, Matt Farah and the fine folks at DRIVE decided to give the Viper another shot.

The short three-minute video has some beautiful scenery along the California coastline. The Viper rumbles past oncoming traffic as Farah talks the ups and downs of Viper ownership.

We’re not going to ruin the video, so click play and have fun dreaming of tearing up tires in this V-10 beast.

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Video: 2014 Dodge Viper Review

Video: 2014 Dodge Viper Review

The Viper is unmistakably one of the great American sports cars. Its more-is-better attitude, slippery styling, and racing pedigree add up to a car that’s as bonkers to drive as it is to look at. Unfortunately for Chrysler, the snake isn’t selling that well, as customers are instead flocking to the Chevrolet Corvette and Nissan GT-R to get their performance fix. Can the Viper make a comeback, or is it a dinosaur on the cusp of extinction? Hooniverse set out to find the answer in this video.

After a few years on the sidelines, the fifth-generation Viper made its return in 2012 with all the same features we’ve come to expect: colossal tires, big power, and a massive, swoopy hood covering an equally massive V-10 engine. It also took a few steps closer to the modern age with electronic stability and traction control, both of which can be turned down for a little added fun. But at six figures, there wasn’t much that the Viper had to offer that its rivals didn’t already posses. While the logic of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is worth some consideration, consumers expect a modern sports car to be cutting edge. The only real advantage the 2013 Viper had over a Corvette or GT-R was its name. Its 640 horsepower isn’t as ludicrous as it was 10 or 15 years ago, and the only real standout features were the V-10 rumble and lovely styling. Sure, it’s a race car for the road, but brute force is a hard sell compared to the technical wizardry of a GT-R or value of a Corvette.

This year, the Viper got five extra ponies and some nice interior features, like Sabelt seats covered in Alcantara and Nappa leather, and a Harman Kardon sound system. It also shed $15k from its price tag. At $85,000 for a base model, potential Corvette owners will have to take a second look at what Dodge has to offer.

In the end, the appeal of the Viper is that it’s outrageous, rather uncivilized, and potentially frightening. It’s got rear-drive, a row-your-own manual gearbox, and deafening side exhausts. Sure, it’s a bit dated, but that’s part of the fun. It’s like owning a t-rex: awesome in theory, but crazy in practice.

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2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

The Viper ACR (American Club Racing) model was introduced in 1999, three years into the second generation of the sports car. Available only as a coupe, the ACR received a host of aerodynamic and mechanical enhancements developed for the track. A revised front bumper, a vented hood and a fixed rear wing were the main body highlights, while a stiffer, adjustable suspension improved its handling. Likewise, the 8.0-liter V-10 of the second-gen Viper had its output increased by 10 ponies to 460 horsepower for the ACR. Curb weight was reduced by more than 50 pounds. The third-gen Viper didn’t offer an ACR version, but the track-ready sports car returned in 2008 with even more updates. But unlike its predecessor, the new ACR didn’t have any engine modifications as the 8.4-liter V-10 kept its stock 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. In 2011, a 2010 Viper ACR lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes, 12.13 seconds. The sports car remains the sixth fastest production car on the "Green Hell" as of 2014. The 2010 model year was the last year for the ACR, but as we approach 2015, Dodge is showcasing an ACR Concept based on the fifth-generation model at the SEMA Show.

Could this mean the track-spec Viper is returning after a four-year absence? Dodge has yet to confirm it, but the concept car looks very familiar and ready to hit the assembly line. Check out the details after the jump as we wait for Chrysler to release more photos of the new ACR.

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Video: 1,600 HP Dodge Viper Dominates the Track

Video: 1,600 HP Dodge Viper Dominates the Track

Sometimes there’s no replacement for displacement. That’s surely the case here as this heavily modified Viper with its twin-turbocharged, 8.4-liter V-10 rockets past the competition. Though the other cars running beside the Viper have boost-adding features as well, none of them seem to touch the V-10’s hunger for victory.

The car comes from the guys at nth Moto who specialize in building extreme setups like this one. The event was the Texas Invitational held October 3rd through 5th in Dallas. The Viper competed in 10 full passes, each of which was within four to five miles per hour of another with top speeds nearing the 200 mark.

Unlike drag racing that relies heavily on traction off the line, roll racing allows the cars to get up to speed before crossing the starting line. As turbos spool and superchargers whine, the cars are able to maintain grip and run.

The nth Moto Viper uses huge, 70-mm twin turbos to force-feed air into the 8.4-liter V-10. With custom-built billet intercoolers and wiring harness, full traction control, and a set of wide drag slicks, the Viper is made to run.

Enter full screen, turn HD on and the volume up, and enjoy.

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