By on June 21, 2016

Dodge Viper Snakeskin

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer five limited-edition versions of the 2017 Dodge Viper before it brings the axe down on the model.

Orders kick off on June 24 for the V10-powered performance beast, with FCA cranking out up to 217 units before it puts an end to the model’s 25-year run. The model bows out the same way it came in — brash, colorful, and obsessed with performance history.

All new Vipers come with the familiar (and monstrous) 8.4-liter V10 engine, making 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque.

The Viper 1:28 Edition ACR pays tribute to the record lap time set at California’s famed Laguna Seca Raceway in October 2015. The lap time (1:28.65) was set by Randy Pobst, driving a 2016 Viper ACR. All black, with a painted wing and red ACR stripes and Extreme Aero Package, the 1:28 edition sees numerous other goodies added to the package. Up to 28 will be built.

The Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR is the high-volume version, with up to 100 units on tap. It brings back the blue-and-white paint scheme from the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition.

The Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR (no, that’s not a typo) sees 31 examples, the same as an earlier version (missing one ‘o’) built in 2010. It’s black, too, but with metallic stripes.

It’s the rarest version that gets all the hype. The Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC — a name that conjures up images of cougar bars and the film Escape from L.A. — comes in Snakeskin Green with a snakeskin pattern SRT stripe. Only 25 will be made.

Then there’s the Dodge Dealer Edition ACR, which doesn’t sound nearly as sexy as Snakeskin. The all-white version also piles on the goodies, but it’s only available through Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Illinois (the country’s highest volume Viper dealers).

And after this run, it’s all over. The model that entered the world as former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca was leaving the company takes a dirt nap. FCA doesn’t have time for the model anymore, and buyers don’t seem to have the money or enthusiasm — the Viper’s best production year was 1994, two years after it appeared, and recent sales were less than half of what they were a decade ago.

The Viper’s departure also means the death of the V10 engine in FCA’s portfolio. The 1990s are now truly over.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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61 Comments on “This is Your Last Chance to Order a New Dodge Viper...”


  • avatar

    Or do the smarter thing and buy a HELLCAT.

    • 0 avatar
      mason

      Viper = track car

      Charger/Challenger = Grocery getter.

      Charger/Challenger Hellcat = factory modified grocery getter.

      Two different cars, two very separate functions.

      • 0 avatar

        Viper = overpriced WASTE OF MONEY

        Charger/Challenger = ROAD MONSTERS that look fast even when all you got is a V6

        Charger/Challenger Hellcat = ROAD MONSTER that IS FASTER than just about everything else under $80,000.

        Two different cars – AND ITS FAILURE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

        They should have NEVER wasted the energy building the Viper.

        They SHOULD HAVE UPGRADED THE MAGNUM into a 392/Hellcat AWD.

        FCA didn’t listen to me before – and now because of their impudence: Mr. CHEKOV IS DEAD.

        • 0 avatar
          yamahog

          I’ll race your HELLCAT for titles with my $5,000 vehicle. Straight line – from a stop or a pull, your choice.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            For about 5k in upgrades I could make my 20 year old 7500 pound Dodge Ram CTD give a Hellcat a real run for its money. As it sits now, I’m inside of 2 seconds of a Hellcats 1/4 ET from what I have seen at our local track.

          • 0 avatar

            I don’t care about your loser mobile.

            You can go pick on the Ricers for money because I’m not interested .

          • 0 avatar
            garuda

            You are wasting your time. If I were a betting man, and I am, I’d bet good money that bstr has none of the things he says he has.

        • 0 avatar
          mason

          Do you have any concept of reality?

          The fact that you are even trying to compare these two cars is laughable. There is a reason a Viper costs twice as much, they are not anywhere near the same class. There are two kinds of people that buy a Viper, collectors and track guys. Hellcats don’t fall into either of those categories. They are mostly reserved for douche bags who buy them to look good going to Perkins in the morning and the Cracker Barrel at night.

          I hate to be the guy that breaks it to you, but you really got nothin special. 20 years from now (if it’s still registered) it will be just another Hellcat.

          • 0 avatar

            There’s a reason why the viper is being ENDED and the Hellcat isn’t.

            DUH

            It’s not rocket science.

          • 0 avatar
            THE_F0nz

            His sole purpose is to advertise his youtube channel. Don’t bother with human click bait over there.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            “There’s a reason why the viper is being ENDED and the Hellcat isn’t.”

            There are actually two reasons I can think of. One, it is out of most people’s budget, and two, for that kind of money “most” expect a car that has at least some kind of street manners. A family member owns a 14 GTS and I can tell you with absolute certainty it is not a car designed to be daily driven or even fair weather driven on a regular basis. The tires have poor grip in them when they are cool-ambient. Once they get heat in them its a whole ‘nother story but who wants to worry about that day in and day out. Not to mention stiff suspension and an interior that is less than comfortable over the long haul. The longest ive been in it was for about an hour and by the end of the ride i was ready to get out. Again, all attributes of a track car, which is on the other end of the spectrum from a Charger/Challenger.

            Poor comparison.

          • 0 avatar

            Let me give you a word of advice:

            Don’t bother arguing with someone who writes checks.

            All that “race track” nonsense only applies to a percentage of buyers so small that it was not in anyway enough to keep the vehicle afloat in the first place .

            For all the money I’ve spent in cars within the last two years I could’ve bought a viper and the mere fact that I simply went out and purchased a HELLCAT brand-new off the dealer floor speaks volumes .

            When you have your checkbook out you can support team viper .

            You understand what I’m saying to you ?

            WRITE A CHECK FOR ONE and then I’ll take your opinion seriously.

            My opinion is supported and legitimized by CHECKS.

            CHECK BOOK CHECKS.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            I’m gonna go out on a limb and say your checks are backed by mommys money you were bragging about having access to earlier.

            I write checks too. Except mine are enough to put a title in my hand when the transaction is finished. I buy vehicles that suit my needs which are obviously substantially different than your short-sighted desires and fantasies.

            What is amusing me more than anything about this exchange is you are actually proud of yourself. Blowing $60-70k on a wanna be race car ain’t nothin to be proud of, son. I’ll say it again, you just don’t have anything that special. Quit bragging about it for cripes sake.

          • 0 avatar

            Mason

            Sorry, you have to speak louder. I can’t hear you over this CHECK I’m writing to FCA.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            THE_F0nz – if his sole purpose is to advertise his youtube channel then colour me unimpressed.
            His point of view here is childish and immature so why would I go and seek more of the same?

          • 0 avatar
            garuda

            I hate to be the guy that breaks it to you too, but right now the hellcat is just another chargenger with aftermarket wheels.
            What is Perkins?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            garuda – agreed. My son and I were checking out the FCA lot for Jeeps and Power Wagons and there was a Charger HellCat among a row of Chargers with various performance packages. It did not stand out from the crowd. I almost missed the “HellCat” symbol on it. The Challenger HellCat on the showroom floor also did not stand out.

            Ford’s halo Boss 302 can be spotted from a mile away. Same can be said for the Raptor. GM’s Camaro SS stands out more than a HellCat and the Corvette is the Corvette. The Viper is unmistakable.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I wonder if that pic is from Forza. Graphics are so good now it’s hard to tell CGI marketing photo from real life or in-game footage.

  • avatar
    MeaMaximaCulpa

    So dodge has neither Ram or Viper. Basically there’s no reason for Dodge to exist anymore.

    • 0 avatar

      H E L L C A T

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      Dodge is supposed to be the “performance brand”, but it just lost its 2-seater halo car, and it still offers a minivan since the Grand Caravan got a stay of execution. So Dodge is turning into Pontiac?

      • 0 avatar

        The Viper was STUPID

        It was totally the antithesis of the entire SRT brand.

        It was a little, puny racecar without a HEMI.

        If I was working at FCA, the Viper would have been at least as spacious as a Challenger inside and had a regular engine.

        I don’t give a goddamn about no stupid track.

        People buying these cars DRIVE ON THE REGULAR HIGHWAYS.

        The Hellcat outsells the viper HOW MANY TO ONE?

        And now they have to stop production.

        Why?

        Because they aren’t listening to the streets.

        They don’t know the streets like I do.

        I didn’t choose the S.R.T life.

        S.R.T. life chose me.

        • 0 avatar
          iNeon

          Please shut up.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          The Viper existed 16 years before the “new” Challenger and 14 years before the “new” Charger.
          A Viper in any iteration stands out from the crowd.
          A SRT or Hellcat doesn’t exactly scream “I’m different than the rest of the FCA goats in the pasture”.

          • 0 avatar

            Which viper trim do YOU OWN?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @BTSR – never had an interest in owning one and that lack of interest in ownership applies to almost every new car on the planet.

            You spew BS about the “SRT” brand but aren’t a student of history. The Viper was out there before any of the cars that you currently worship.

            SRT was an indirect path towards killing off Dodge. Ram was spun off from
            Dodge. The Viper is being killed. What is left? A crappy minivan that sells because it is discounted heavily. Oh and some old Mercedes based land yachts with supercharged pushrod engines that will be replaced by turbo V6’s .

            The Hellcat is just a big car with a big engine. Tried and true recipe for extending an old platform and fleecing money from wannabe posers.

            The Hellcat is a brodozer for guys who don’t buy chipped out diesel pickups.

          • 0 avatar

            “HISTORY” doesn’t matter to me as much as the future.

            Looking back to long will turn you into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife.

            Liberals don’t like talking about the story of Sodom&Gomorrah. You should read it.

            ANYWAY…

            HELLCAT is 100x more important than some boring track car.

            The regular streets must be dominated.

            No point arguing with me. I’ve ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT. It was doomed to fail and I said so from the beginning.

            I’m 3/3 this week.

            RIP ANTON.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @BTSR – Why do “Liberals don’t like talking about the story of Sodom&Gomorrah”?

            It is telling if you feel that you think this is an argument.

            “I’ve ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT.”

            Your political ideology is on that side of the spectrum.

            You being correct is an entirely different matter.

        • 0 avatar
          FuzzyPlushroom

          Besides Lou’s point, saying that the Viper should’ve had a V8 and more interior space… well, let’s compare:

          “The Corvette should comfortably seat four and have a normal production engine!”

          GM barely tries to sell the SS, and the G8 flopped as well. Yes, they’re excellent cars, but they’re ‘showroom poison’, as Jack would put it.

          • 0 avatar

            The Corvette is a “Corvette”. the name itself sells the car – regardless what it looks like or what’s under the hood.

            The Viper was a WASTE.

            I’m not about trying to impress these “enthusiasts” who never wrote a check for one.

            I’m about “MAKING MORE MONEY”.

        • 0 avatar
          SC5door

          ♪♫ I am so smart, S.M.R.T….. ♪♫

      • 0 avatar
        MeaMaximaCulpa

        No, Pontiac had the decency of building cars with door handles that lined up, technology that dodge hasn’t managed to master. Dodge is just STRIVING to be Pontiac, and failing.

    • 0 avatar
      garuda

      Stole words right out of my mouth.
      You can buy a 6 year old design caravan from them though.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    The Scat-Pack Charger is a good compromise.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Are they building “up to” XX examples because not even FCA is confident they could sell out a full run?

    • 0 avatar
      Joe Btfsplk

      They don’t build them now unless they are sold. By sold, I mean sold to dealers, not consumers, racers etc.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        I doubt the dealers want them either. The closest Dodge dealer to me was sitting on its only Viper for a year before it was sold or traded away to another dealer. That’s a waste of precious showroom space.

    • 0 avatar
      LIKE TTAC.COM ON FACEBOOK

      “Up to” is marketing speak for “less than”.

      (Cue overenthusiastic radio commercial announcer:) “Save up to 80 percent OR MORE!!”

      “Kills up to 99% of germs!”

      That does sound much more impressive than “We will build less than 100 of this special edition, but certainly not more, as long as customers actually order them.”

  • avatar
    SC5door

    Production run ends in 2017—-so why are we using a photo of the Second Gen (Phase II) version that’s already ended and not the 2013+ Third Gen (Phase I)?

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I can see why the Viper didn’t sell.

    For one thing, there’s a limited number of people who really want “track-oriented” vehicles (just ask Lotus), especially if they’re only available with manual transmissions.

    And for those who are split and just want a performance car, honestly, the Corvette is quite a bit more livable, has 90% of the performance, and costs less. On the other hand, you have the SRT and SRT Hellcat vehicles, which are quite capable and absolutely make competent daily-drivers.

    Side note: The Challenger Hellcat seems like a very easy vehicle on which to learn a manual transmission, since I’m told you can more or less leave it in second gear through any usable speed.

    • 0 avatar

      A 2 seat race car for $100,000 completely outshined by the C7…

      …I warned them…

    • 0 avatar
      garuda

      The viper never had a chance against the vette. Prince didn’t sing about a blue and white striped viper, there were no moviestars who drove vipers in memorable movies. There was a viper tv show though. The vette also had a huge range from the base to the top model which can go at or above what the acr can do on a track. Also, anyone shelling out 100K for a car would not be happy to see the dodge neon level materials in their cars, where as the vette from 50k to 150k has price appropriate leather. I think vettes outsell viper 30 to 1 if I remember right.
      Which is probably why I’m still searching for a blue 2nd gen gts with white stripes and not a vette. If I’m going through the effort of driving a special car, I don’t want everyone telling me their uncle brother, and their boss, and niece, joe from the bar, the nurse from when you had a kidney stone, the receptionist from when you had the kidney stone, grandpa etc has one.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    My 2013 (first year of the Gen V) is the best car I’ve ever owned. Comfortable inside, just enough room for a weekend trip with the wife, and oh yeah, 11 second 1/4 miles without breaking a sweat. It’s the American Lamborghini, loud, brash, in your face, and unapologetic. Attracts about the same amount of attention on the street too. Kids love it, old people love it, even people who know nothing about cars can’t help but ask questions at the gas station. Every drive is an event and nothing I’ve ever driven compares to the view out over the endless hood with a sidepipe blasting in your ear.

    I understand why the Viper has to go away, but it feels like a big step toward the rapidly approaching end of the naturally aspirated, stick shift era. Sure Teslas, GT-Rs, etc are faster and represent the future. But 25 years from now, I bet a lot of people will wish they had bought a Viper when they had the chance, since there won’t ever be anything like it again.

    • 0 avatar
      mason

      This guy gets it (an actual owner to boot). These are simply not comparable to a daily driver like a Charger/Challenger. Different reasons for existence.

      Although I’m not exactly on the same page as you on the comfort level, but my experiences are limited to a handful of shortish rides (and I’m 6’3″ to boot).

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        I traded a GT500 in on the viper and there is a HUGE difference between a car designed for a $25k price point with an extra $25k in drivetrain upgrades, and a car designed from the ground up for a $100k+ sticker. We never seriously cross shopped a charger/challenger, even a HELLCAT. Nice cars but not not the same class of car.

        Height/visibility is the one big downside. I’m 5′ 10″ and wouldn’t want to be much taller as the roof interferes with the forward visibility even for me

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “It’s the American Lamborghini, loud, brash, in your face, and unapologetic.”

      That is how I’ve always seen the Viper.

      Ironically, the V10 was a Lamborghini design.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      Makes me sad too. We are headed for a future ruled by silver 3-cylinder turbocharged self-driving blobs, and i will not have made the kind of money in life to have enjoyed the rides I always lusted after when they were available.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    6,400cc to make 645 bhp. All muscle, no brains.

  • avatar
    64andahalf

    This announcement makes me very sad. We can all chime in with why X is better, or I didn’t buy one because of Y, or the market didn’t embrace it because of Z, but if you’re not feeling a little sadness for this loss of hand built, v10 American craziness, then you’re not a true auto enthusiast (in my book). BTSR’s rant felt like a guy walking into a funeral home and making negative comments about the deceased.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    The fact that this article uses a picture of the last-gen, 2003-2010 Viper, instead of the current car that’s been around since 2013, tells me just how little anyone cares.

    Sad. I actually had to Google what the current car looked like, because I had forgotten. The market for the Viper was always going to be very limited, but FCA did an exceptionally poor job promoting it as a halo car.

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      FCA went the wrong way. The Corvette is popular because its priced right and it makes compromises for the real world.

      You can actually daily a Corvette (hell, any modern corvette is workable).

      The Viper is famous because it doesnt compromise, never compromised and you cant daily it and FCA went to make a niche car even more niche.

      • 0 avatar
        Sustain26

        What TonyJZX said, and:

        there once was a stripped down ‘Stang that was shipped to the dealer, sold only to a card carrying member of American Racing Car Drivers (or similar) and tracked the next weekend. The Z06 comes closest to that, the ACR Viper even closer. Base models of either brand are dailies, the ‘Vette more so. The Lamborghini effect noted earlier is a reference to exotics, the original swept back Stingray being a home grown example.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      FCA has no real reason to promote the Viper: it’s basically low-margin competition for Fiat and the Agnellis’ other sports car brands.

      The Corvette, on the other hand, is the ne plus ultra for GM. They don’t have a Ferrari or Maserati.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    Had I the money, an ACR would be in my garage in place of the Cobra replica. It would be both a step up in comfort and performance. it would also be more rare.

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