Pennzoil Says “Bye” to Dodge Viper with Tribute Video
Vroom, vroom! The Dodge Viper is being discontinued after the 2017 model year, and remaining models are just about all but gone. To salute the final Viper models, Pennzoil put together a little Dodge Viper tribute, and it shows off the Dodge Viper in all its glory one last time.
The tribute video starts off like a scene from John Wick: Chapter 2. Some mysterious guy is in a chop shop looking for a lost Dodge Viper. However, instead of awesomely choreographed fight scenes and car chases, our unknown hero pops into the vehicle and drives off. Not very realistic – if you owned a chop shop and just stole a Viper, you just lost out on a pot of gold and will most likely send hard-cold killers after it – but we digress. The driver takes the Dodge Viper through a shipping port, onto the highway, and through a tunnel, all while showing the true power of this famous vehicle. Truth be told, the video got our hearts pounding just watching it.
Does the Dodge Viper shoot flames from a side exhaust? We’re not sure, but with all that drifting, there’s bound to be burnt rubber. How is all that speed tearing up the tires? Under the hood of the Viper is a V10 engine – not even the Dodge SRT Demon attempted a V10, but that’s another story.
The V10 engine powering the Viper is an all-aluminum 8.4-liter capable of generating up to 645-horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. That kind of power gives the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds – just a second more than the SRT Demon!
This video is Pennzoil’s farewell to the Viper, but of course Dodge had their own way to send it off. Before announcing its demise, Dodge brought the Viper to various tracks around the country to try and solidify its glory, and it worked. On the journey, the Viper set a total of 13 road course lap records, making the Dodge Viper ACR the “ultimate street-legal race car” – of course, that was before the SRT Demon debuted.
Maybe one day the Viper and Demon will go head-to-head on the track to see who really owns the title for “ultimate street-legal race car.” For now though, the final models of the Dodge Viper are just about gone, and this time for good.