3 Facts about the Dodge Viper
Since its introduction to the raceway and roads in the early Nineties, the Dodge Viper has been one of the few true American performance cars. With an engine that can compete with European luxury cars, the Viper has been a favorite among car enthusiasts for a few decades, however the Viper’s legacy is coming to an end once again.
Though the we don’t know the exact date when the last Viper will be made, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced in 2015 that production will stop in 2017. So before Vipers are no longer being produced, read up on its impressive specs and stats to remind yourself that you may want to invest in one before it’s too late.
- The Viper was officially released in 1992 as the Dodge Viper R/T Roadster. The car’s engine was designed by Lamborghini (then owned by Chrysler) and could generate up to 400 horsepower. The roadster had a plain design, no side windows, exterior door handles, or roof and was priced at $55,630.
- The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is powered by a V10, 645-horsepower engine and it can accelerate 0-60 mph in 3 seconds. The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spyder has an 8-cylinder, 661-horsepower engine and it also takes 3 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. So with the Dodge Viper ACR’s price tag of $118,000 and the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spyder priced at $255,000, buyers of the Ferrari will pay more than double and only get a 17 more horses.
- This isn’t the first time the Dodge Viper has been discontinued. In 2010 Dodge created a Viper SRT10 “Final Edition” and with only 50 cars produced, the special-edition model became a collector’s item. The Viper surprisingly came back to the market in 2013 after FCA has strengthened its brand again.