The Viper will reach the end of its road in 2017, and we only have ourselves to blame.
That’s right–it’s poor sales figures – not environmental concerns – that injected the fatal venom into this outrageous four-wheeled road snake.
2017 will mark the Viper’s 25th year of production, and its silver anniversary will fittingly be celebrated with five special-edition models.
The special edition models include a Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, VoooDoo II Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC and a Viper Dodge Dealer Edition.
The Viper 1:28 edition is not a 1:28 scale-model, but rather a track-focused American Club Racer special edition that celebrates the Viper’s standing lap record of 1:28.65 at Laguna Seca, set in 2015.
Only 28 copies will be built, making this car an instant classic, and highly desirable collectible. Desk racers will no-doubt be able to find 1:28th scale models of the 1:28 edition in due time.
In truth, any of the ACR models are special, memorable cars given the vehicles’ incredible track performance and jaw-dropping street cred. The current model Viper ACR holds a total of 13 road course lap records (as certified by the Sports Car Club of America), thanks in part to its mighty 8.4-litre V-10 and its race car-like aerodynamics, which generate nearly one ton of down force at its 285 km/h top speed.
While it’s too late to save the Viper in its current guise, we would strongly encourage Canadians to get their copy of this American exotic before they run out–Canadian pricing for the 2016 Dodge Viper starts at $117,995, while pricing on the close-out special-edition models will vary north of the base price.
Given the limited number of Vipers on the road and the warm spot this supercar occupies in the hearts of car enthusiasts of all ages and stripes, we suspect that much like special-edition Porsche 911s, this car will likely hold its value, or even appreciate over time.
It’s unclear what will happen to the Conner Avenue Assembly plant where the Viper is built; there are currently no plans to produce future vehicles at this location.
Who knows? The Viper may be reinvented in a few years or decades as an all-electric or hybrid sports car, and thus the Viper nameplate may live on–but for fans of the guttural, raw, leg-burning, V10-screaming Viper, it’s an end of an era.