A member of the Viper Club forum seems to have received his copy of the November 12 issue of AutoWeek earlier than everyone else. The weekly rag's cover car is the new Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer), which will officially be introduced at the LA Auto Show on November 13. The article inside gives us the first details on the ACR, which is the first Viper since 1999 to have this package as an option. Weight saving was a huge priority on this latest version, with lightweight wheels, street-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, and two-piece Stoptech brakes that combined save 40 pounds. There is also a "hard core" package that deletes the audio system, underhood sound deadening material, trunk carpet, and the tire inflator. The door speakers are replaced with carbon fiber panels, and a lap timer can also be mounted where the stereo system used to be. In all, the "hard core" package drops another 40 pounds. In addition to going on a diet, the ACR package also includes adjustable KW Suspensions race coilovers, a new front roll bar, a removable 3-inch front splitter, and a massive carbon fiber adjustable rear wing that can be set to seven different positions. According to Chrysler, the ACR generates 1,000 pounds of downforce at 150 mph and can generate 1.5g while cornering. And best of all... it will be priced at under $100,000.
Thanks for the tip, Alvaro!
[Source: AutoWeek via ViperClub.org]