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Dodge Viper ACR Destroys Hypercars At 1/10th The Price

The rumors surrounding the death of the Dodge Viper are true; the supercar isn’t long for this world. However, that doesn’t mean it’s going to go quietly into the night. In fact, it set out to do the exact opposite. To give the demonic snake a proper send off, Dodge took its latest and greatest Viper ACR to racetracks around the country to show what American engineering can accomplish. And in the understatement of the century, it performed better than anticipated.

Before the Viper ACR’s unveiling this spring, Dodge took the street-legal racecar to racetracks all across the country to not only dial the car in, but also see what records it could demolish. In the process, the Viper ACR set a staggering 13 production car lap records at racetracks ranging from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, to Virginia International Raceway. The Viper ACR also ended up beating records set by both the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.



The two hybrid hypercars set lap times at only one track on the Viper ACR’s list, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. And both were set by MotorTrend’s own Randy Pobst. On the day of MotorTrend’s test, the McLaren went first and set a blisteringly fast lap of 1:30.71. The 918 Spyder then beat the McLaren, setting a lap time of 1:29.89. Everyone believed those records would stand for quite some time. That is until the Viper ACR descended on the track.

With the optional Extreme Aero Package, which includes a six-foot adjustable rear wing, revised front splitter, and additional dive planes, Randy Pobst once again set a psychotically fast lap time. The track record now stands at 1:28.65. That’s a full second off the Porsche 918 Spyder’s time, a feat truly staggering when considering the Viper ACR at $118,795 is an eighth of the Porsche’s $845,000 price tag, and has only three-quarters of the Porsche’s 889 horsepower. The gap between the Viper ACR and the McLaren P1 is even further with the Viper ACR’s price representing only a tenth of the $1.15 million it took to purchase a P1, and having only two-thirds of P1′s 903-horsepower . It’s additionally bewildering when the Viper ACR is also limited by its rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.

With these records set, the Viper ACR has only one last track to tackle, the infamous Nurburgring. With speed limits soon to be removed on the ‘Ring, you had better believe that this born and bred American racer has the potential to humble the track known as the Green Hell. We can’t wait.


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I love the Corvette, but the Viper is so American it's not even funny.
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The Viper is the one in my list of dream cars that's just out of reach. Will be sad to see it go. Now that it is going to die, I'll really never be able to make it happen.
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You could buy a Gen 2 for what you paid for your 5.0, bro.
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I'm not really after a gen 2, I was thinking in a decade I'd try to pick up a now current gen, but they're probably gonna stay high after the car goes out of production.

Oh well, after this Vette I really want to get away from a car payment anyway.
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Oh well, after this Vette I really want to get away from a car payment anyway.
You bought a vette?

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I've mentioned it, but no I never made a thread. 2012 LS3 M6 in Blade Silver, 1LT with absolutely no options.
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Report: A New Dodge Viper Is a Possibility




We were incredibly saddened to learn that the Dodge Viper would end production in 2017. Even more so than the Corvette, the Viper is arguably the last great American sports car, raising a proud middle finger to anyone or anything that questions its brashness. Despite that, it’s never been a sales success, leading Dodge to cut prices by $15,000 in 2014.
Now there’s a faint glimmer of hope for the beleaguered Viper. In a press conference at the Detroit auto show, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that a new Viper is a possibility, according to an Automobile report.
“Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface,” Marchionne said. What isn’t clear is whether a new Viper would be ready in time to immediately replace the current-generation Viper, or if it would appear further down the road.
The ever-pragmatic Marchionne isn’t a fan of the Viper’s proprietary platform, so a theoretical future Viper likely would be based on a version of the new rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Giulia, which is Alfa Romeo’s on-ramp to volume U.S. sales, is reportedly delayed six months in Europe and even longer in the U.S.
Any future rear-wheel-drive cars from Fiat Chrysler—barring Ferrari, of course—will be commensurately delayed because of the Giulia. So a new Viper isn’t exactly around the corner. Furthermore, Marchionne said Alfa Romeo won’t receive as much investment as was planned a few years ago due to a scaling back of its ambitions in the faltering Chinese market.
While we’d very much love to see a new Viper, Marchionne’s statements don’t sound very promising. File this under “we’ll believe it when we see it.”
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Dodge Viper reportedly axed over side curtain airbags

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Dodge Viper reportedly axed over side curtain airbags

Countless fans are mourning the impending death of the Dodge Viper but a new report shedding light on why it's being sent to the automotive graveyard in the first place.
Citing a source "intimately familiar with FCA’s plans," Motor Trend is reporting the Viper isn't being axed over slow sales. Instead, the publication says the model cannot comply with federal safety standard FMVSS #226 which requires vehicles to be equipped with side curtain airbags. As the source explained, adding side curtain airbags would significantly reduce the vehicle's limited amount of headroom.
While it sounds odd that Chrysler wouldn't have factored in upcoming safety regulations when the Viper was being designed, it's far from the first model to disappear due to problems meeting safety regulations.
Of course, the Viper's disappearance could be short lived as FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said "Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface." Nothing has been decided but FCA is reporting considering an all-new Viper based on the same platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Unfortunately, even if the Viper survives it will likely eschew a V10 engine.
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Dodge Viper production to end after 2017

Swan song begins with five new special editions.



We can't say we're surprised, but we're still saddened to report that the Dodge Viper will not live on past the 2017 model year. It's had a solid 25-year run, though, and that's worth celebrating. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does just that for the Viper's final model year, with five special editions (some of which seem less special than others, admittedly): The 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, VoooDoo II Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC, and Dodge Dealer Edition ACR.

Instead of running through what makes each of these 2017 Vipers special, we'll direct your attention to the press release below and the images above. All but the Dodge Dealer Edition commemorate memorable Viper models of the past 25 years, and the GTS-R is probably the pick of the litter with its classic blue-on-white paint scheme. Unless you prefer to err on the side of gaudy, in which case Dodge has you (and your car) covered with Snakeskin Green.

If none of these special-edition Viper models strikes your fancy but you'd still like to park a 2017 Viper in your garage, fret not. Dodge is still offering its "1 of 1" customization program for the Viper's final year of production. Finally, instead of dwelling on the past, even when that past is as exciting as the Viper's, let's choose to look to the future with the only logical question left unanswered: What's next?
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Not surprised. It is the most shaky of the big three automotive companies and there is only room for so many $100k+ sports cars. It is a shame though, they are gorgeous cars.
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Dodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Final Year of Viper Production with Five Exclusive Limited-edition Models

  • New 25th anniversary limited-edition models feature exclusive content to commemorate the final year of Viper production
    • 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) – Celebrating the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65
    • GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR – One of the most iconic Viper liveries of all-time
    • VoooDoo II Edition ACR – Rebirth of the VoooDoo ACR
    • Snakeskin Edition GTC – Inspired by the original Snakeskin, now with unique snakeskin stripe
    • Dodge Dealer Edition – Viper ACR special edition available through Tomball and Roanoke Dodge dealers
  • Each limited-edition Viper model features a serialized instrument panel badge with the model name that can be customized with the customer’s name
  • Customers can begin ordering special edition Vipers on June 24, 2016
  • The 2017 Viper is available in more than 50 million unique build configurations, including the ACR package, through the “1 of 1” customization program for a truly one-of-a-kind snake American hand-built supercar

June 21, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper with five limited-edition models that commemorate the final year of Viper production and highlight several of the most iconic special edition Vipers of the past.

“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, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat – 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.”

One of the most unique and exotic high-performance machines on the road today, Dodge is honoring the Viper’s rich, colorful and exceptional performance heritage on and off the track by paying tribute to some of the most iconic Vipers in its history. Beginning on June 24 and new for 2017 model year, customers can order their special snake in the following exclusive special edition configurations:

Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
  • Pays tribute to the current production car single lap record of 1:28.65 set by champion driver Randy Pobst in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at historic Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., in October 2015
  • Features black exterior and painted rear wing with red ACR stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, 1:28 Edition exterior sill decal, ACR interior with red accent stitching, serialized instrument panel 1:28 Edition badge, along with a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • As many as 28 units of this new special edition configuration will be built for the 2017 model year
  • Looking back in Viper history: Using the same track record theme, Dodge previously produced 33 units of the 2010 Viper ACR 1:33 Edition to tout its previous track record of 1:33.915 set by SRT dynamics engineer Chris Winkler at Laguna Seca Raceway in November 2009

Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
  • Designed to pay tribute to one of the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time – the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition
  • Features Pearl White exterior with Blue Pearl GTS stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Exterior Carbon Package, unique red Stryker badge decal, GTS-R exterior sill decals, USA flag B-pillar decals, ACR interior with red accent stitching, Header Red seat belts, serialized instrument panel GTS-R badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • As many as 100 units of this new special edition configuration will be built for 2017
  • Looking back in Viper history: 100 units of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition were produced to commemorate the Viper winning the 1997 FIA GT2 championship

Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR
  • Modeled after the original 2010 Viper VoooDoo edition
  • Features black exterior and graphite metallic ACR driver’s stripe with red tracer outline, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, VoooDoo II exterior sill decals, ACR interior with silver accent stitching, serialized instrument panel VoooDoo II badge and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • As many as 31 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017
  • Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original VoooDoo Viper ACR were built in 2010

Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
  • Color was inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR
  • Features new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin patterned SRT stripe, Advanced Aerodynamics Package, GT black interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • As many as 25 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017
  • Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original Snakeskin Viper ACR were built in 2010

Dodge Dealer Edition ACR
  • Available exclusively through Dodge’s highest sales volume Viper dealers, Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Ill.
  • Features Viper White exterior with Competition Blue center stripe, Adrenaline Red driver stripe, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Extreme Aero Package, ACR interior with red accent stitching and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver’s side door
  • Serialized instrument panel ACR badge
  • As many as 33 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017

Industry-first ‘1 of 1’ Viper customization program continues
Continuing for the 2017 model year is the exclusive Viper “1 of 1” customization program that enables buyers to create their one-of-a-kind “Snake” from the ground up. With 16,000 exterior color options, including matte exterior finishes, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options, there are more than 50 million ways for buyers to customize their one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper. Each “1 of 1” model Viper features a personalized instrument panel badge with customer’s chosen name to commemorate their exclusive design. No two customers can order the same configuration, including color, in the same model year

ACR model returns as ultimate street-legal racer
The Dodge Viper ACR returns in 2017 as the indisputable “ultimate street-legal race car” with significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades. Relaunched in 2016, the third edition (1999-2002, 2008-2010) of the Viper ACR has taken the performance car world by storm with more track records than any production car in the world — a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America.

About Viper
All 2017 Dodge Vipers are powered by the iconic all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque — the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world. Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and a new four-channel anti-lock brake system.

Since 1992, Dodge and SRT have built approximately 30,000 Vipers at the Mack Avenue Assembly (1992–1994) and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (1995–current), both in Detroit.

About Dodge Brand
The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the “mainstream performance” brand and SRT is positioned as the “ultimate performance” halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2016 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2016 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the Crossroad model, and its flagship, the Dodge Viper.
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After 25 years, the Dodge Viper is going to die, for good. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] confirmed this fact back in June as it announced final edition models that sold out pretty much instantly.
A weird thing happens when you say you're killing off an icon: sales spike.
The uptick in sales caused Dodge to close the order books for the final run of Vipers as the company was suddenly concerned as to how many it could deliver. Why would Dodge be concerned? We hear it's because it wasn't sure enough parts would be available, especially for the ridiculous--in the best possible way--ACR model.
We reached out to a Dodge spokesperson today, who confirmed that order books for the final model year of the Viper will reopen before the end of the 2016 calendar year. For those counting, that would mean within the next four weeks.
Of course, this news might not be so great for the dealership that bought what it thought was the last 135 Vipers ever to be made. That was likely an attempt for a cash grab but Gerry Wood Dodge swears it has no intention of marking up the cars over MSRP. Despite the promise, those 135 cars probably just became a whole lot less special.
Want to get a 2017 Dodge Viper before it dies? Seems you just got lucky, but you better start counting those pennies or writing to Santa now, because once those order books open you can bet another flood of deposits will be put down. Who knows how many more Vipers Dodge can actually build.
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And it is all over

It's over: the Dodge Viper dies forever on August 31





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The end is nigh for an American sports car icon: the Dodge Viper will officially exit production on August 31, 2017, and the Connor Avenue Assembly plant where all Vipers have been built will be closed for good.
Previously, designer Ralph Gilles let the date slip during a speech at the 2017 Chicago auto show held in February, but this is the first time Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made the date official, according to ClickOnDetroit.
The Dodge Viper and its 8.4-liter V-10 engine have been hand-assembled at the facility since the car was launched in 1992, with the current team composed of 87 remaining employees. Fun fact: the short-lived Plymouth Prowler was also built in the assembly plant during its production span from 1999 to 2002. FCA says it anticipates every employee will be offered work at another assembly plant.
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The Connor assembly plant's Detroit zip code has also made the Viper the only American sports car actually built in "Motor City." The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are built elsewhere in Michigan, while Chevy Corvette production now emerges from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Challenger isn't as American as you'd believe, either—it's assembled in Canada. So is the Ford GT.
The Viper has left an oversized imprint on the automotive industry for the past 25 years. Long known for its untamed nature, the coupe and convertible have always represented a raw piece of American performance, and they've taken on the world in the process.
The Connor assembly will finish building Viper orders specced through the One-of-One program until the plant's closure. Those seeking one last chance to own a piece of history will then have to locate their Dodge Viper through a dealership.
Thanks for the memories, Viper.
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The Dodge Viper ACR just ran the 'Ring in an unofficial 7:03.45









































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Just ahead of the doors closing forever on the Dodge Viper, a new lap record attempt is being undertaken at the Nürburgring.
A number was just set, and it's not slow: 7:03.45 was run by a white-with-blue-stripes 2017 Dodge Viper ACR, an uber-rare Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR to be exact.
For those keeping track, the time would make the Viper ACR the fastest rear-wheel-drive production car to lap the 'Ring. The previous fastest time was set in December 2016 by a Mercedes-AMG GT R that put down a 7:10.92 lap.
Of course, this new lap time is both unofficial and not a record-breaking number in the sense that there are faster laps set by other production cars.
While not record-breaking, it is quicker than the factory-backed fourth-generation Viper ACR which in 2011 laid down a scorching 7:12.13 time.
Both today's lap and the one back in 2011 were set by a professional racer by the name of Dominik Farnbacher.
And no, this whole thing isn't factory backed. It's been stitched together by 378 fans who provided funds for one final assault on the Nürburgring.
The car is a bone-stock Viper ACR GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR with street-legal Kumho Ecsta V720 tires. The same tires every current Dodge Viper ACR rolls off the factory floor with.
Don't take that unofficial number as the finale for the snake. Road & Track says the privateers aren't done attacking the 'Ring as another flying lap is planned for later this week.
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The Last Dodge Viper Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Detroit





The last Dodge Viper has rolled off the line at the company's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

The bittersweet moment occurred yesterday as FCA's Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, traveled to the plant to say his goodbyes. The noted designer documented the event on Instagram and took a handful of photos of the production facility as well as the last two Vipers.

In comments on the post, Gilles said the "The Gen5 had a great 5 model year run and the Viper platform, which has not changed that much over the years, had a great 25 year run!" He also stated the model "sold well over the last couple of years" and the company had a "great mix of mostly ACRs in the last 15 months."

The Viper's fate was sealed by new federal safety standards which require vehicles to be equipped with side curtain airbags. As Gilles explained, the "new ejection mitigation regulation airbag ... simply won't fit in our package."

The 2017 Viper was priced from $90,495 and came equipped with an 8.4-liter V10 engine that produced 645 hp (481 kW) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque.
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Dodge Viper ACR still can't quite capture Nurburgring record

Hot track temps cooked the tires








Dodge Viper production ended just a few weeks ago. So in an effort to go out with a bang, a crowdfunded effort sent a pair of new Viper ACRs to the Nürburgring in order to reclaim the production-car lap record. Despite its best efforts, the team failed to top the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's time of 6 minutes and 52 seconds. The Viper's best lap was 7 minutes and 3.45 seconds, leaving a seemingly insurmountable gap between it and the Lamborghini. This past week, the Vipers went out again. Unfortunately the new time of 7:3.23 only shaved a few tenths.

Road & Track reports that the hot weather played a major factor into the car's performance. August is hot in Germany, and the northern part of the track had a recorded temperature of 111 degrees. This was killing tires and therefore grip. While Kumho has been kind enough to supply the team with tires, an endless supply of rubber doesn't help if they keep getting cooked. In two hours, the team managed just two hot laps, killing 16 tires in the process.

It's not over. A return trip is in the works. The team believes it can slide under the 7 minute mark. Still, it looks like it's going to take some really ideal conditions to make it work. Either way, the Viper ACR is and will remain one of the fastest production cars ever built and something of the likes we'll never see again.
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