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.
December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
The Rematch: The Dodge Viper is stronger, faster, and looking to take the Corvette Z06 down a peg. These are the outtakes from the video review. That Viper’s hard to drift
December 3rd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
This week it’s all about the Dodge Viper with it’s record lap at Laguna Seca and rumoured Ferrari involvement. But no matter how much current interest there is in the Viper the 2010 model year marks the last run of the 600-hp beast. So to keep sales and consumer interest high for the next 12 months, Dodge is adding new colors, enhancing performance and releasing several limited-edition models.
Standard Viper SRT10 models receive two new exterior colors – Toxic Orange Pearl Coat and Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat. Performance tweaks include a new shorter fifth gear ratio (changing from .74 to .80) this improves high speed acceleration with the 0-200 mph run dropping by 14 seconds. The track-ready ACR models get a new short-throw shifter, and some aerodynamic tweaking to the rear wing to lower drag while improving downforce.
From today, the automaker has announced the first two special editions of the Viper, and more are set to come.
The Dodge Viper ACR 1:33 Edition, pays tribute to the recent record-setting run at Laguna Seca, it’s easily identified by its unique two-tone Black Clear Coat/Red Clear Coat exterior color (the opposite of the original Viper ACR color). Other cosmetic enhancements include piano black console plastics with red gauge highlights and red stitching in the interior.
The Vooodoo-edition Viper ACR gets an all Black Clear Coat exterior with a Graphite stripe outlined in red. It’s highly exclusive with only 10 cars being produced with the unique striping on both the exterior and steering wheel.