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.

Chrysler releases Final Edition of PT Cruiser in NZ

April 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been ten years since the hot-rod styled Chrysler PT Cruiser first appeared in New Zealand, and a special anniversary edition has been released.

The Final Edition of the iconic PT Cruiser, which is now on sale, has been confirmed as the last shipment for the Kiwi market.

When the last of the 50 special versions has been sold, the chapter on PT Cruiser will come to an end, with its replacement at least another year away as Chrysler works with its new partner Fiat to create an equally impressive successor.

“Interest in the Final Edition has been strong and it is a fitting way to say goodbye to what has become a modern automotive icon,” says Todd Grove, Divisional Manager, Chrysler Group at Sime Darby Automobiles NZ.

“Few cars have made a style statement in quite the same way as the PT Cruiser and it still looks as different on the road today as it did ten years ago. It will be sad to see it finally disappear from our model range, but the good thing about the Chrysler Group is that we have other vehicles that are equally individual in their styling, including a model that can take the place of the PT Cruiser — the Dodge Caliber.”

The 2.4-litre-powered PT Cruiser Final Edition is available only in a ‘brilliant black’ paint finish and deep tint sunscreen glass, set off with a solid billet chrome aluminium front grille, chrome body side trims & door handles, and 17-inch SRT design alloy wheels. Special features of the cabin include premium cloth trim with heated front seats and 6-disc CD audio system with Boston Acoustics premium speakers and 368W amplifier. Each vehicle is sold with a personalised plate covering PT 001 to PT 050.

The PT Cruiser has been an international success story since it was first shown as a concept car in the late 1990s. The car was put into production in a new factory at Toluca in Mexico in 2000 and for much of the first year supply was unable to match demand.

The combination of its one-of-kind exterior styling, interior flexibility and space struck a chord with buyers looking for something different.

Over 1.3 million PT Cruisers have been built and sold into more than 60 countries around the world.

To maintain on-going interest in the model, Chrysler has released occasional special editions in limited numbers, including the Route 66, Dream Cruiser and Sunset Boulevard. A convertible has also been sold in New Zealand.

Dodge to produce Final Edition Viper

April 8th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The snake is dead, long live the snake. Almost. Before heading off to the supercar graveyard in the sky Chrysler has confirmed a limited production run of 50 Viper SRT10 Final Editions, and we wouldn’t say no if someone offered. The first generation was produced in 1992, so it’s had a phenomenal run and is well on its way to becoming a classic supercar like the AC Cobra that inspired it.

There will be 20 Final Edition Coupes, 18 Roadsters and just 12 ACRs, each resplendent in Graphite Clear Coat with a black centre stripe that’s traced in red. Power is unchanged at 600hp.

Here’s Dodge’s press release:

Dodge Pulls Skin Off 2010 Viper SRT10 Final Edition Models

Auburn Hills, Mich., Apr 6, 2010 – To celebrate the final year of production for the current-generation Dodge Viper, Dodge is building a limited production run of just 50 2010 Viper SRT10 “Final Edition” models.

Available in Coupe, Roadster and ACR (American Club Racer) model configurations, each Final Edition Viper exterior features a Graphite Clear Coat body with a painted black center stripe traced in red. Viper Coupe and ACR Final Edition models include a black windshield surround. All Final Edition models carry unique side sill badges.

The black interior features custom red accent stitching, red painted halo surrounds on the gauge cluster and bright stainless steel screws in center stack bezel. A numbered dash plaque (1-50) is located on the shifter bezel just above the unique Viper Final Edition floor mats.

All Viper Final Edition Coupe and Roadster models will wear six-spoke wheels painted in Anthracite, while ACR models will come with five-spoke Sidewinder wheels in black.

The venerable 8.4-liter (510 cu. in.) V-10 engine remains the heart of the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10. With 600 (450 kW) horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. (760 N¢m) of torque, benchmark performance numbers, (including 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, quarter-mile time in the mid 11-second range, 0-100-0 mph in 11 seconds flat and a top speed of 202 mph) continue to prove how the serious, race-inspired, street-legal two-seater performs without apology.

This build of 50 Final Edition 2010 Dodge Vipers includes all three model configurations for the first time – 20 Coupes, 18 Roadsters and 12 ACRs. In 2002, a total of 360 Viper Final Edition Coupes (326) and ACRs (34) were built with Viper Red Clear Coat exterior and white stripes.

Production of the 2010 Dodge Viper Final Edition models is scheduled to begin in early summer.