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.