Dodge Viper production line closes with final vehicle (+video)

July 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s the end of the line for one of the most iconic modern American sports cars as the very last current-generation Dodge Viper rolled away from the firm’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit.

The final 2010 Dodge Viper is a bit special too, being a fully customized coupe model for Viper-crazy-lady D’Ann Rauh, who along with her husband Wayne from Arp, Texas, own more than 40 Dodge Vipers. That’s a lot of Vipers and the couple officially own the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

The landmark Viper is finished in a custom bronzed gold exterior paint supplied by House of Kolor, while unique interior features include various leather appointments and unique trim. The one of a kind package is finished off by dark graphite five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels.

Production of the V10-powered Dodge Viper began back in 1992. A next generation model has been rumored but is still to be officially confirmed.

To see a news item video of the final Viper rolling out click on the link below. Continue reading “Dodge Viper production line closes with final vehicle (+video)” »

Buliding up a Dodge Viper ACR-X (+video)

June 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Chrysler has just released a new video that shows how it transforms a stock Dodge Viper ACR into the big-balls track-only ACR-X model. The work is handled in house at the same facility in Detroit that builds the Viper Competition Coupe race cars, but the production process differs markedly. The Viper Competition Coupe is built entirely from the ground up at the preparation shop while the ACR-X model is assembled and then retrofitted with a variety of race gear. This process allows the ACR-X to be built at about half the cost of the Competition Coupe.

Included in the special ACR-X fit-out is a roll-cage, brake cooling ducts, competition fuel cell, extra dive planes, fire suppression system and bigger brakes. The ACR-X gets the same racing seat used in the Competition Coupe, available in two sizes to best fit the driver.

Check out the video of the production process below, and see a finished example in the image gallery. Continue reading “Buliding up a Dodge Viper ACR-X (+video)” »

Dodge produces three special-edition Viper SRT10 models

June 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Now in its final year of production, Chrysler has authorised its American factories to build just 500 units of the Dodge Viper for the 2010 model year.  Among these last-ditch efforts are 50 Viper SRT10 models built to a unique specification with participation from top stateside Dodge dealers.

Named the “Dealer Exclusive Program,” Dodge has issued the three special editions to the dealers who’ve sold the most Vipers across the country. The first is the Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster, commissioned by Woodhouse Dodge of Blair, Nebraska, in gold with black, followed by the “Reverse SRT10 ACR” in green over black for Texas’ Tomball Dodge, and finally Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Illinois’ Black SRT10 Coupe with a split Plum Crazy stripe up the middle

The vehicles are designed to emphasise that the 12 colors, six stripes, five interior looks, four different wheel sets, three interior bezels, and two available body styles can be configured in over 7,600 different ways, according to the Viper website.

The Dodge Viper SRT10 makes use of an 8.4-litre V10 engine that produces 600 hp (450 kW) and up to a massive 760 Nm of torque. After sprinting from standstill to 100 kph in under four seconds, the car tops out at 325 km/h.

These Dealer Exclusive vehicles are not the same cars as the scheduled 50 “Final Edition” units which are to be the last vehicles in the fourth generation Viper series.  The Final Edition models will all be built with Graphite Clear Coat paint and a red-lined black center racing stripe with specialised badging.

The ‘Final Edition’ vehicles should spell the end of the Dodge Viper for now, but never rule out a comeback.

Dodge kick-starts production on Viper ACR-X

April 1st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

If you’ve got $110,000 ($154,000 NZ) burning a hole in your pocket and want to go racing in a piece of American automotive history, then it’s time to check out the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X. The special edition model is a brutal machine that marks the beginning of the end for Viper production. It comes with 640 horsepower and can lap the Laguna Seca track a full three seconds faster than the rapid Viper ACR that owns the track record for a regular production car.

If you’re keen (who wouldn’t be) then now is the time to strike because Chrysler has just announced that production of the ACR-X has already started at its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.

The SRT-developed 8.4-litre V-10 engine that powers the Viper ACR-X is equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system that produces 640 horsepower (40 more than the production model) and 605 lb.-ft. of torque (45 more than production model). Following the initial build, each engine is shipped to a dynamometer lab where it is verified for proper outputs and electronically sealed before being sent back to the plant for final installation.

Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the non-street legal Viper ACR-X has safety features included such as factory-designed and installed fuel cell and race seat and factory-designed roll cage.

Dodge Motorsports and Mopar have even provided Americans a way to put the cars to good use. The Dodge Viper Cup will run at five racetracks starting this summer, with prize money on offer owners have a chance to earn back some of the purchase price of the car. In total more than $200,000 USD will be paid out, including $25,000 to the 2010 season champion.

Dodge ready to make new Viper

November 6th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Dodge Viper SRT10 fq

Ralph Gilles, big boss of the Dodge car brand has dropped some big news on the Viper in a very recent interview. After going back and forth for the past 18 months on what to do with Viper, Chrysler has decided that production of the current Viper will end in July 2010. But before that happens, 500 final cars will be built that will apparently be the most special Vipers ever. Gilles stated that the company wanted to preserve the value of existing Vipers by not simply continuing the current generation indefinitely. He talked it up but didn’t give any real details on what would make the final 500 cars so special.

However, Viper fans don’t need to go into mourning just yet. Gilles also revealed that an all-new sports car is being developed with a launch targeted sometime in 2012. It gets better, the replacement Viper will be getting some help from Chrysler’s new Italian brothers Fiat. This may mean that Ferrari could be involved in development of this mysterious new model. Muscle car fans everywhere will be hoping Chrysler retains the Viper’s raw nature in the new generation.