Dodge to Launch Its Fastest-Ever Viper ACR Street-Legal Race Car
By Philly Murtha,
This fall, car enthusiasts will have a chance to buy what Dodge officials claim is the fastest street-legal Viper in the car's history. Unveiled in Detroit this past week, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) adds new momentum to the brand's legacy, according to Tim Kuniskis, Dodge and SRT president and CEO, FCA Group.
The custom-built midsize premium sporty car, which begins production in the third quarter of 2015 in Detroit, can reach a speed of 177 mph, according to Dodge. Pricing for the new Viper will be announced in the next few weeks, according to a company statement. The current Viper base model sticker begins at $85,000.
- Significant aerodynamic and race-tuned suspension upgrades have been made to the new Dodge "Snake," and the Viper ACR includes the following features/components:
- Hand-built, all-aluminum, 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produces 645 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque
- Tremec 6-speed manual transmission
- Race-tuned suspension that features 10 settings
- Adjustable Bilstein racing shocks that allow up to 3 in. of road height adjustment
- Aggressive race alignment that adds 1.4 degrees of negative camber
- Carbon ceramic Brembo brakes that measure 15.4 in. up front and 14.2 in. in the rear with specially tuned ABS
- Unique exhaust tips added to side-mounted exhaust pipes
- Electronic stability control system offers five modes: full-on, sport, track, rain, full-off
- High-performance Kumho Ecsta V720 race tires designed specifically for the Viper ACR
- Optional Extreme Aero package with a 6-ft. adjustable rear wing, removable hood louvers, rear underbody diffuser, and other racing components
- Cockpit features hand-wrapped accessories and seat inserts in Alcantara Suede; ACR badge on the dashboard; accent stitching in a choice of silver or Header Red; lightweight carpet; and a minimal 3-speaker audio system and manual seats to lower overall weight
- More than 25 million build combinations are available with a myriad of exterior, interior colors; stripes; wheel options; and aero, brake, and suspension packages
The Dodge Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering team developed the new Viper ACR after gaining more expertise in aerodynamics, chassis, and tires from the factory-based racing Viper GTS-R that competed in the American Le Mans Series and IMSA United SportsCar Championship from 2012-2014.
The first Viper ACR debuted as a 1999 model and the most recent version was discontinued after the 2010 model year. Through the first four months of 2015, Dodge has sold 231 Vipers vs. 255 a year ago, based on sales data compiled by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.
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