These days, it’s pretty clear that people want cars with an automatic gearbox and which allow you to access all your social media accounts on the touchscreens. The Viper was never ever going to go down that route and so sadly, the mighty Dodge will not live past the 2017 model year.
A lack of sales has been mooted for the reason to kill the legendary model, which has been around for 25 years (more than 30,000 Vipers have been since its debut), but supercars don’t sell by the bucket. This is a model that should have been leading the direction of the brand, instead Fiat Chrysler Automobiles head honcho Sergio Marchionne probably wants to pour more money into Alfa and Maserati. It was a truly wonderful car and will be sorely missed but to soften the blow a little, Dodge is celebrating the model’s final year of production with five exclusive limited editions. No, one of them is not a HyperViper, but maybe adding hybrid technology, a supercharged and a dual-clutch auto could have kept interest in the car alive. Guess we’ll never know now.
The newbies highlight several iconic special editions of the past; the 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) celebrates the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65 and features a black exterior and painted rear wing (with red ACR stripes) an Extreme Aero Package and carbon ceramic brakes. Just 28 will be built. Next up we have the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR which is based on one of the most iconic Viper liveries of all-time - the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition. 100 will be built. The VoooDoo II Edition ACR is the rebirth of the 2010 VooDoo ACR, it gets a black paint job and graphite metallic ACR driver's stripe with red tracer outline. 31 will be built. The Snakeskin Edition GTC was inspired by the original Snakeskin and it features a new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin patterned SRT stripe. 25 will be built and finally, the Dodge Dealer Edition Viper ACR which will be available through Tomball and Roanoke Dodge dealers in the US. It has a Viper White exterior with Competition Blue center stripe and 33 will be made.
Don’t like any of these but still want a Viper? Worry not. Dodge is still going to offer its “1 of 1” customisation programme for the last year of production.
All 2017 Vipers are powered by the iconic all-aluminium 8.4-litre V10 mated to a six-speed manual making 645 horsepower and each limited-edition model gets a serialized instrument panel badge with the model name and customers can begin ordering the cars from June 24, 2016.
Farewell you all-American V10-powered brute. It was fun while it lasted.