They say all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately this holds true for the iconic Dodge Viper sports car.
Ever since it debuted for the 1992 model year, the Dodge Viper has been the epitome of loud, fast and unapologetically American supercars. With its 10-cylinder engine and in-your-face exterior design, there are few cars as recognizable on the road today as the Viper.
For its final year of production, Dodge has dropped the GT trim from the Viper lineup but added six new special edition models, which include the Viper Snakeskin ACR Edition, Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR, Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC and Viper 1:28 Edition ACR. The latter is a tribute to the Viper ACR that set the lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway in 2015 with a time of 1:28:64.
With a price tag ranging from around $90,000 for the entry-level SRT® to approximately $120,000 for the track-focused ACR model, there’s a Dodge Viper designed to suit all types of drivers, whether you enjoy visiting the racetrack on the weekends or are just looking to stand out on the highway.
The most affordable 2017 Dodge Viper is the SRT coupe, which comes equipped with performance suspension, a ParkView™ rear back-up camera and the Viper’s legendary 8.4-liter, naturally-aspirated V10 engine that’s good for 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. This monstrous engine comes standard with every 2017 Viper, as does a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. In fact, this all-aluminum engine supplies so much power that the 2017 Viper can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 206 mph, according to tests performed by Motor Trend.
For drivers looking for the best performance possible, the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR adds even more spice with its Extreme Aero package, which tacks a dual-element rear wing to the back end of the car and adds a removable splitter to the front fascia. These features, along with a carbon-fiber rear diffuser and Brembo® carbon ceramic matrix brakes, helped the Viper ACR set a total of 14 track records across the United States, with the most recent taking place at Carolina Motorsports Park this past January.
However, the Dodge Viper did not always have the same reputation for controllability that it does today. Sure, it was always very fast, but due to its long body and wide stance, the Viper wasn’t as easy to manage in its early years. However, that changed in large part thanks to the electronic stability control system that was introduced with the current version of the Viper.
The 2017 Dodge Viper also features a high-tech cabin that comes standard with a Harman Kardon® 12-speaker high performance audio system, Uconnect® 8.4 NAV and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. In addition, the Viper’s trunk offers 14.7-cubic feet of cargo space, so you have room to haul around small items such as groceries or portable electronics.
2017 marks the final year of production for the renowned Dodge Viper, so you’ll need to act fast if you’d like to get your hands on one before these performance machines are gone forever.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.