It’s going to be at least 7 months until the Dodge Viper races off into the sunset, but something tells me production isn’t going to end at 12:00 am on January 1st, 2017. Given the smashing success of the Viper ACR, which currently has a backlog of orders according to Road & Track, it would be foolish for Dodge to wrap things up without building as many Vipers as possible before production shuts down for good.
So maybe the people behind America’s favorite snake will call it a day at 11:59 pm on December 31st, 2017, and maybe they’ll deliver us a crazy final edition before they do so, that’s the latest report leads us to believe. While chatting up a member of the Viper team at a Dodge event in Phoenix, R&T asked if we might see one more variant of the car, and rather than direct “for the last time, NO!”, the publication was told “well, we do still have the 2017 model year”. Ok Dodge, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.
If we are given one last Viper, it could be even more powerful and hardcore than the ACR, because that’s just how Dodge likes to roll. It would be a fitting farewell to the car that made America great again, and frankly, I think the Viper deserves to go out with as loud a bang as the law allows.
The more likely possibility is that “the final version would be one or more special editions of the ACR,” says R&T. I’m inclined to agree—but whatever the case, any extra Viper is a good Viper in my book. As long as it’s the car, not the snake. I do not care for snakes.
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