By on July 2, 2016

2017 Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC was inspired by the origi

It’s a great day for an automaker when it can say it sold an entire year’s worth of vehicles in less than a week. Things get less impressive when it’s the final model year of a niche vehicle.

Still, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is putting on its bragging pants and grabbing the megaphone after it sold every special-edition version of the 2017 Dodge Viper in a matter of days. So great was the response, FCA plans to offer one last version of the 25-year-old nameplate.

Orders for the final Vipers opened on June 24, and snake aficionados must have had their fingers poised over the keyboard.

According to the automaker, all 100 units of the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR and all 25 units of the Snakeskin Edition GTC sold out within two ordering days. The 31 units of the VoooDoo II Edition ACR were gone within two hours, and all 28 units of the 1:28 Edition ACR were snapped up in 40 minutes.

Enthusiasts with cash on hand clearly weren’t ready to let an opportunity pass by. With the model headed to the FCA gallows, collector value of the 2017 Vipers will be high.

Knowing they could sell out another special-edition version in a heartbeat, FCA executives immediately set about doing just that. The company now plans to offer 31 units of the Dodge Viper Snakeskin ACR, with orders starting in mid-July.

Inspired by the 2010 Snakeskin ACR (which also amounted to 31 units), the 2017 version comes in Dodge’s Snakeskin Green and features a snakeskin-pattern SRT stripe, Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes, ACR interior, Snakeskin instrument panel badge and custom car cover. Because you want everyone  — EVERYONE! — to know who you are, that car cover will have your name showcased over the driver’s door.

Owning a Dodge Viper is not an act of subtlety, restraint, or modesty, and Dodge knows it.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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42 Comments on “If You Haven’t Bought One Already, Your 2017 Dodge Viper Dreams are Almost Toast...”


  • avatar
    jerseydevil200

    Surprised that FCA is discontinuing this. Thought for sure we would see a “ferrari inspired” version of it for a million billion dollars. For myself, i never got these cars. I find them awkwardly styled and bulbous.

    • 0 avatar

      A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY

      The 300, Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Magnum put Chrysler Fiat FCA whatever they wanna call themselves on the map.

      Multiple engine choices in a decent wrapper for not a lot of money.

      THESE PEOPLE ARE STUPID IDIOTS controlled by that moron in Italy.

      Chrysler 300 Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Magnum Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Charger Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Challenger Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Durango Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Pacifica Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      Journey Hellcat, SRT, 392, Pentastar

      The more they resist my logic the more THEY WILL FAIL.

      And if they destroy themselves by not heeding my warnings, I’ll just take my money to Tesla or Mercedes.

      Leasing another S-class isn’t as fun or exciting, but there’s NOTHING ELSE under $110,000 anywhere near as good. Especially that ugly trash coming from Lexus and Acura.

      • 0 avatar
        NoID

        You understand that the “392” engine is what’s in the SRT and Scat Pack cars already, right? It’s the same engine.

        • 0 avatar

          the “SRT” and the “392” badge wearing cars are not treated the same.

          The full “SRT” model is fully loaded.

          People without as much money who want to roll like a big dog get the Scat and cheaper “Core” trim which wear a 392 badge on the side or another badge like “Superbee” or whatever.

          POINT IS…just do what I say and you’ll get rich.

          • 0 avatar
            NoID

            The current crop of SRT cars all have the 392 badge on the side.

            The Scat Pack cars are essentially de-contented SRT models…or high-powered R/T models… however you want to identify them.

            The Scat Pack cars replaced the SRT Core models for 2015.

            And whatever, when it comes to SRT we’re pulling in money hand over fist. It’s some of the other brands that need help…

          • 0 avatar
            runs_on_h8raide

            I think they should rename their cars to “HellScat” to properly warn their customers what they’re about to get.

            Scat definined:

            scat 3 (skăt)
            n.
            Excrement, especially of an animal; dung.

          • 0 avatar

            Yes- we all know what Scat is.

            I’m shocked they named it that.

            I’m shocked so many people want a car with “Scat” in its name.

            You’re not funny.

            I’m not sure what you drive but chances are I’m faster.

          • 0 avatar
            1998redwagon

            btsr starting to sound like a southern baptist preacher – just do what i say and you’ll be rich.

            well heck, it is sunday after all.

          • 0 avatar
            runs_on_h8raide

            No…it is funny…HellScat that is. I learned to drive on a 400hp Buick GN. Quite frankly….straight line speed is boring…that’s why I love my S2000….the greatest sports car ever made for under $100k in the past 30 years.

            My Accord Coupe V6 daily is plenty enough to lay waste to all the cell phone blabbering idiot drivers and other dummies in LI traffic.

            You know what’d be funnier, though? If someone made a parody channel on youtube and called it BigHellScatSeriesreview…all your FCA POS are belong to US…thank you Sergio. Deadly shifters not included.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            Its only called ‘Scat Pack” because they are shamelessly raiding Mopar heritage. “Scat Pack” came from the original musclecar days. There was also a “Rapid Transit System” for Plymouth if my memory serves…

          • 0 avatar
            Chicanery

            ROH: “The S2000 is the greatest sports car for under $100k in the last 30 years.” Really?

            My 30 year-old stock C4 will run ya, and it was nowhere near $100k when brand new.

    • 0 avatar
      JustPassinThru

      “Surprised that FCA is discontinuing this.”

      **This.

      If a model is selling, and ESPECIALLY since they have a dedicated plant for it, recently upgraded…why discontinue it? It may not be where they want to take FCA…wherever that is…but money is money; sales are sales; only a foolish leadership would cancel a model that sells to focus on other models that do not sell as well.

      Sergio Sweaterman might review AMC-Jeep’s history. The XJ was to replace the J-Series/SJ vehicles in 1984. But falling fuel prices coupled to growing demand for the 22-year-old Kaiser product, had AMC keep it in production – for six more years, with exponential price increases that yuppies of dubious discernment quickly paid.

      AMC didn’t want that model anymore; and Chrysler, later, wasn’t hot about it, either…but they kept it in production until the need for upgrades and replacement tooling finally cancelled it. And nothing Jeep has done since then came anywhere near the popularity.

      To kill a model people are jumping to buy, is the heart of foolishness. EVEN IF there is CAFE penalties…just add the penalties to the price, until demand finally slakes.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        Nobody was “jumping to buy” it until they announced it was ending and FCA started creating special SPECIAL (no, really special) editions to squeeze more blood from the turnip. In what world does selling 31 cars at a time under special circumstances justify keeping a dedicated line running to build a car that was selling like 2wd pickups in January in Alaska or non-A/C cars in Houston in July?

        But no, stupid FCA is killing a huge seller to focus on cars that don’t sell (and which ones would those be? The discontinued Dart, or the discontinued 200?).

        By your logic, Toyota shouldn’t have killed Scion since they started selling well (at fire-sale prices) AFTER the decision was announced.

        • 0 avatar
          JustPassinThru

          “Nobody was “jumping to buy” it until they announced it was ending and started creating special SPECIAL (no, really special) editions to squeeze more blood from the turnip…”

          Then, keep the order books open.

          That’s happened before – reversals of plans to discontinue models. It takes little more than a decision – and maybe retraction of some obligatory notices to various government labor agencies.

          And, yes – if Scion starts selling, as it did, and at prices that Toyota is satisfied with, and it seems there’s little cost-cutting…then they should give it a reprieve. Or blend it back into the Toyota lineup more gradually.

          Sales is what it’s all about. When a car IS designed; HAS a line running, HAS dealers and material and support in place…and the notice that it’s going away brings customers out…keep on building them.

          I mentioned AMC-Jeep. On the Chrysler side of the family tree, they did much the same with the M-body, the somewhat-reworked AspenVolares. The last rear-wheel-drive Chrysler cars of that era – and Lido couldn’t WAIT to kill them.

          Except that police departments, cab companies and government agencies pushed the model to where it was Chrysler’s best seller. So Lido choked it down and kept the M around for a few extra model years. Even to where he farmed out assembly of the M models to AMC, long before Lido had the bright idea to just buy what was left of the company.

          Sweaterman has some things to learn.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

            The point is, Viper was NOT selling well before these end-of-production, retire-at-Barret-Jackson special editions were released.

            Comparing it to a severily outdated comodody car that mostly sold on price and that was kept alive by fleet sales almost exclusively is like comparing the Ford GT to the 2005-7 Taurus. Apples to oranges.

            Nobody cared about a 2017 Viper until it was known that it would be the last of the line, then people saw it as an “investment opportunity”, and the myriad of special editions are designed to capitalize on that.

            What if you could somehow buy a new Plymouth Super bird (or whatever that fugly thing was they used on Joe Dirt) knowing the stupid money it would bring you later? Same mentality. Its not the car, the price, the performance, the thrill, its the “last chance to buy a last-of-the-breed” car that might one day be worth more than you paid.

            These are to be garage queens our kids will ohh and ahh over in 30 years when it rolls across the block with 52 miles on it and “one of 31!” plastered all over it.

          • 0 avatar
            JustPassinThru

            “The point is, Viper was NOT selling well before these end-of-production, retire-at-Barret-Jackson special editions were released.”

            So, open the books back up and sell them! What’s so hard about that?

            If sales drop off, then close it – after selling XX thousand more than they otherwise would have.

            Something is driving this other than a normal desire to sell cars.

            EDIT: Scion is now selling, too. Do you think it’s the emotional, thrillseeking, collector-mind buyer who’s driving the purchase of those appliances, also?

            Markets change. And sometimes an advertisement campaign is so unsuccessful it takes a news item, like a notice of discontinuance, to get potential buyers’ attention.

      • 0 avatar
        JD23

        “To kill a model people are jumping to buy, is the heart of foolishness.”

        No more than a few hundred people are jumping to buy the Viper; it sold less than 700 units last year, which is 50% of FCA’s initial production target. The writing has been on the wall since the closure of Connor Avenue Assembly was announced last year. Given that the plant has been idled for a significant portion of the year due to anemic sales of the Viper, I doubt there was much of a business case to be made for continued production.

  • avatar

    Take your cash and BUY A HELLCAT INSTEAD.

    You’ll have saved over $30,000 and have an awesome, practical, less- expensive vehicle that will HAND CORVETTES (and just about everything else under $100,000) THEIR A**ES so long as you stay away from those “tracks” and “curvy roads”.

    • 0 avatar
      yamahog

      list of things under 100k that you won’t beat in a straight line :

      Every post-2000 superbike
      Every post-1990 literbike
      Myriad of used cars

      list of things under 100k that you won’t beat on a track:
      C6 ZR1
      997 Turbo
      997 Turbo S
      R8 V10
      BMW M3
      BMW M4
      Caterham 7
      Alpina B3
      M6
      M5
      Porsche Cayman GTS
      Lotus Evora
      Boss 302 Mustang
      C7 Z06 with Z07 package

      But I guess you have a point, when you only consider Chrylser and Hyundais, the Hellscat looks pretty good.

      If you want to race from stoplight to stoplight, any of the AWD rattlecans would give a hellscat a run for its money. Focus RS, Evo, STi, Golf R.

      If you want to race down the 1/4 mile the high power AWD cars go faster. Go try an R35 GT-R. Go try a 911 Turbo or R8 on for size.

      If you want to race on a track, you’ll find out that the power and mass make it hard to beat an NSX-R or a Lotus Evora. And you’ll have the privilege of paying way more for consumables.

      The Hellcat is interesting and neat and obviously it has some bragging rights. But that’s it. It’s not a uniquely fast or practical car or inexpensive car. It leads at horsepower per dollar for a new car.

  • avatar
    bricoler1946

    “As long as you stay from those tracks and curvy roads” If (and I wouldn’t) I were to buy one of these cars, I’d expect it to be able to negociate curvy roads. Isn’t that what sports cars are supposed to do? Or do you mean you don’t have the ability to drive around curves?

    • 0 avatar

      I can handle curves… I just do my best to stay away from them.

      There’s no reason for a car that’s almost the size of an SUV to be on a godddamned track.

      It’s stupid.

      More nonsense from these “auto enthusiasts” who:

      a) NEVER WROTE CHECK for an AWESOME CAR
      b) DON’T OWN AWESOME CARS
      c) Want AWESOME CARS they CAN’T AFFORD so they have to settle for not-so-awesome-cars.

      Just wait till I get that JEEP TRACKHAWK.

      I’m gonna make an exclusive just for TTAC and it’s gonna be in REGULAR TRAFFIC surrounded by pathetic soul-less Acuras, Lexuses, Hondas and Toyotas.

      • 0 avatar
        bricoler1946

        How do you”do your best tostay awayfrom curves,do you take the subway?
        You’re also being disingenuous to many TTAc posters when you say that they’ve never written a cheque for”an awesome car” I’d venture to guess that many have,myself included. You might want to think a little bit before you make such presumptuous comments.

        • 0 avatar
          mason

          He’s secretly jealous that he doesnt have the stones to handle a true performance car, hence the poser “my straight line drag car is superior” argument. He fails to realize this is one of those platforms where they never expected mass sales to earmark it’s success. It’s always been a niche market and nothing more. I would wager if Ford actually built the GT for 25 years that the prestige of owning one would wear off and they would lose popularity as well.

          And before the dole comes along and berates me about how my opinion doesn’t count because I haven’t wrote a check for one, I suggest he take his own advice. Every single article that’s been released about the Viper is plagued with less than accurate (or for that matter educated) comments about a car hes never owned or likely driven.

          Your startin to sound pretty pathetic bud.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            Mostly he’s offended by any car that does’t off him an automatic. Then he’s on a personal vendetta.

            Some of my favorite sports cars (or sporty/specialty cars) of all time, never offered an automatic for posers.

          • 0 avatar

            Until you WRITE A CHECK FOR ONE…

            …nothing you say means anything to me.

            I WRITE CHECKS.

            That’s how I sound.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            “Until you WRITE A CHECK FOR ONE…

            …nothing you say means anything to me.

            I WRITE CHECKS.

            That’s how I sound.”

            You have NEVER wrote a check for a Viper. So STFU you knuckle dragging neanderthal.

            I have wrote checks for trucks so I DO put my money on what I require/use/want. You don’t see me badgering every other vehicle I choose not to buy because they do not fit my needs do you? Your not the only person on this site that buys new vehicles. Your opinion counts only as much as the next and no more. Your watering down the site with your useless bantering.

          • 0 avatar
            NoID

            BTSR, you have to realize that your requirement for opinions is ridiculous. First of all, you’ve never written a check for many of the cars you criticize on here. Second, if I wrote a check for every car I liked, I’d be in prison for bounced checks. I suspect you would be as well. Third, why would we write checks for cars we DON’T like?

            It’s nonsense, really…

            I’ve driven the entire current (and future…mwahahaha) SRT portfolio, Viper included, and each offering has its own charms. But I could never write a check for one because I’m still living in <= $10k used car purgatory, so does my opinion not count?

            That said, Caliber and Neon SRT-4’s in good condition can be found in my price range. And believe you me, I’m looking…

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            “Mostly he’s offended by any car that does’t off him an automatic. Then he’s on a personal vendetta.”

            It blows me away the number of people that despise manuals for one reason …. because they can not drive them and subsequently FEAR them.

            By nature we fear that which we do not understand.

            So there you have it, Big Truck Series Review, which ironically has very likely never owned or even driven a big truck, is afraid of an itty bitty manual shift transmission in an itty bitty sports car.

            It’s a good thing he doesn’t have to make a living doing anything of any real value. The real world is full of real transmissions.

          • 0 avatar

            So many assumptions.

            I can drive a manual

            That’s not why I don’t like it.

            I don’t like it cause it doesn’t sell.

            Unlike. HELLCAT

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            “…I don’t like it cause it doesn’t sell”

            err, what? If manuals *sold*, you’d love them??

            I didn’t say you don’t know how to drive a manual. And I can’t deny there’s occasionally moments while using the phone and juggling a cheeseburger and drink, manuals are slightly a hassle.

            I do LOVE IT when a car maker completely denies automatic buyers. When a car is a limited edition, hi performance, with a waiting list, might as well drop the automatics and build them all stick shifts. Culls the posers, and there’s no time wasted calling around asking if the one available is a manual.

          • 0 avatar

            THE FREE MARKET IS NEVER WRONG.

            THE MARKET HAS SPOKEN.

            HELLCAT IN

            viper’s out…

            Nothing you say will change that.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            Cigarettes are good because so many people smoke them.

            Your reasoning rivals that of an adolescent arguing why HIS matchbox car is the greatest.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            “THE FREE MARKET HAS SPOKEN”

            Geez, blowhard much? Do people have to stand six feet away from you to not get spit on??

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          As if not owning (what HE considers) an awesome car somehow makes one less car crazy.

          • 0 avatar
            TonyJZX

            BTSR is more like Trump than anyone ever imagined.

            Trump is the supposed billionaire who is running a no frills campaign.

            BTSR is rich because he makes $2k a month youtube money and drives a $70k domestic.

            I am reminded of Katt Williams. A 300c looks great… until a Bentley pulls up.

  • avatar
    bricoler1946

    That’s how I sound! You sound like a Jethro Tull album,Thick as a brick.

  • avatar
    rudiger

    I was always somewhat mystified at how Chrysler’s Viper team handled the car. While it’s nice that they kept it pure with the V10 engine as the only powerplant throughout the model run, imagine how many more they might have sold if, at some point, they had dropped the 392 into the car and sold it for a third less, getting closer to the Corvette’s price range. They might even gotten a few Corvette conquest sales.

    And they wouldn’t have had to worry about cannibalizing other SRT cars, either, since the Viper was much more of a niche vehicle in a very focused market (2-seat sports car).

    It’s akin to how Chrysler moved the 300 from an exclusive, letter-series-only, premium musclecar, to a sporty-trimmed mainstream model. Purist decry cancelling the letter series after 1965, losing any panache the car might have had, but Chrysler cried all the way to the bank with solid, regular 300 sales for the remaining years of production. It was the smart move.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    Bigtrucksblahblahblahetc………. STOP USING DRUGS!

  • avatar
    skor

    The Viper was the 4 wheeled version of a Harley Davidson. Both the Viper and the Harley appeal to middle aged white men with more money than emotional maturity.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    The Viper has always been primarily a halo car, and if it isn’t doing its job of getting people to come into dealers and leave with lesser models, this is probably the right decision.

    The Viper has also always been an exciting car, but it has never been a particularly good car. FCA thought that upgrading the interior would make the car more appealing and maybe even take some sales from Corvette. Obviously that didn’t work.


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