June 21, 2016 will become a historical date. At least for Viper fans. Today FCA has announced it wants to celebrate the 25 years of the supercar. But has announced that this is the last year of production for it. Yes, you read that right. The Viper has left the building. It is gone. In fact, it has been killed by “slow sales” and its partner, “little attention”. Ironically, with one of the Viper generations that was said to be more refined. Perhaps precisely because of that.
But FCA also wants to celebrate its legacy, for the last time. And it will launch five special editions of the car, celebrating iconic versions from the previous generations. All of them in ACR specification.
The oldest one to receive an homage is the GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition. The original one had 100 units produced to celebrate Viper’s 1997 FIA GT2 championship conquer. And so will the new car: only 100 units of the white Viper with blue stripes will be made.
The VoooDoo II celebrates the Voodoo Edition from 2010, which had 31 units. Guess how many FCA will produce?
In 2010, Dodge produced 31 units of the Snakeskin ACR, but, this time, FCA will have only 25 of them.
The last special edition with pictures will be named 1:28, after the 1:28.65 time the current Viper has taken to lap Laguna Seca. It is currently the record for the famous race track, as 1:33.915 was back in 2009, when another Viper established it. For that supercar accomplishment, Dodge produced the 1:33 Edition, with 33 units. The current one will have only 28 units.
There will be one last special edition for the Viper, called Dealer Edition, which will be exclusive for the biggest dealers of the car, Tomball Dodge, of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge, of Roanoke, Illinois. FCA has not provided pictures of this car, but said it will have only 33 units.
The Viper is 4.46 m long, 1.94 m wide, 1.25 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.51 m. It is powered by a 8.4 V10 petrol engine that delivers 481 kW at 6,200 rpm and 814 Nm at 5,000 rpm. In a world where even sports cars look more of the same, it will be greatly missed.