• Aug 19th 2008 at 8:27AM
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It's got the preposterously huge wing, and race-burlesque stripe job; could this Viper spotted at the Nurburgring possibly be a Viper ACR? The red and black Viper was nabbed on one of the 'Ring's cameras, and there's also reports of a black Viper with graphite stripes tearing around the German racing venue. While the pictures showed up on the Viperclub forums, nobody's got any lap times, unfortunately. Could the ACR turn laps as fast as the scorching GT-R or ZR1? Who knows, but there's no doubt that it'll be fast. That big, silly wing is acceptable in this instance, as it will actually work to enhance downforce on the drive wheels. It'd be the first thing removed for street duty, were we the owners of a Viper GTS. Alas, we're not Viper ACR owners, though the idea of an astoundingly fast car that can kill you if you don't know what you're doing just seems right in these days of electronic safety nets. Cowboy attitude aside, we hope that this Viper owner managed to not stuff it into any hazards, and that his lap times eventually bubble to the surface. Thanks for the tip, Gustavo.

[Source: forums.viperclub.org]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Unless you have a lap time, the fact that a PRODUCTION CAR was "seen" at the Ring IS NOT NEWS.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously! I could see if it hadn't already debuted, lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I personally can't stand massive gaudy wings on cars.

      This wing, however, I would leave on. I think it complements the look of the Viper ACR very well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I understand that this wing isn't for looks, I was referring to Dan's comment that it would be the first thing removed for street duty. I would leave it on, especially since the asymmetrical stripe down the car looks even better continued onto the wing.

        Ah, I love my G37, but I would do anything short of murder to get my hands on a Viper ACR.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. I would leave the wing on.

        Why would anyone ever remove a critical aerodynamic component of such a beast as the Viper ACR?

        Just so they can LOOK less rice? Pathetic. Real drivers will give a thumbs up when they do see one and the people who think that wing is rice have little automotive knowledge to being with and is irrelevant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The wing isn't there for looks, it's to create downforce and a lot of it. That's also the reason for the front splitter which is detachable so you don't crush it on the street.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who would spend so much money of such a car? It's got the "overthetop" looks of a man who decided to add a bodykitt to his Viper...

      It'll have the same interior or worse (more barebone) as a normal Viper so in other words, not a great place to sit.

      Are Nurburgring times that important nowadays that people want to sacrifice everything for it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow a personal insult there? Sandcock, very nice ;) And I didn't bring up the Exige / Elise so aim your mature hate at someone else.

        Listen Damian, if I don't see the wonderful "joys" of the Viper ACR, what does it matter to you?

        I live in Europe, specifically in a country where you can't drive down the road WITHOUT seeing a Ferrari, Maserati or Aston Martin and nobody firstly bothers with Vipers... Why? Maybe because "bang for buck" isn't important here or maybe, because the Viper sucks?

        The latest Viper (sorry SRT-10 thingy) is, seeing as I never drove one and half to base myself on professional journalism, a crap car. It's got a lot of character and people fall in love with that but as a car...
        • 7 Years Ago
        A Radical is cheaper and the suspension, along with the dampers is tunable to be setup for any race track. No wonder it laps the Ring in under 7 minutes...

        A Lotus Elise / Exige (both of which I love and have enjoyed a drive in) are MUCH cheaper than a Viper (I do mean MUCH) to buy, run and keep.

        It's like the Porsche GT3 RS or the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and such. If you want to go faster, learn to drive faster. It's not by removing basics that you'll be necessarily faster be faster by 0.1 seconds to work and back.

        And Thomas, don't even get me started on your Porsche and Vette comment... I can't believe you put both cars in the same sentence!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I didn't actually intend on call you Sandcock, I wrote it at first, realised it was wrong but forgot to change it back, my mistake.

        I see Ferrari's every day too, in fact there's a Ferrari/Maserati dealership just around the corner and there's a guy on my street with a DB9 and my friend drives a Maserati "4-door". There are people who drive expensive European cars all over the world, I live in Australia by the way.

        The Viper doesn't "suck" they just don't sell as many in Europe, or Australia for that matter, compared to what Ferrari and Maserati do. So maybe that's why you don't see them around?

        When Chrysler imported 100 or so Vipers to Australia in 2002, they were all sold before they even got here. Maybe "bang for your buck" isn't important in your mind or village in Europe but to the rest of the world, including the Europeans who brought us cars such as the Lancia Stratos, the BMW 2002, the Ford Focus ST180 or whatever it is, and so on.

        And if you're going to write something on a comments page here and get upset because someone disagrees with you, maybe you shouldn't write anything. That's what they're here for; discussion, it's not just for you to make unbiased claims about cars that you admit you know nothing about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        its doesn't matter what you think the "body kit" looks like

        its all functional, this is not only the most badass car you can buy for under $100k, its also the fastest!

        the friggin adj. race suspension is worth at least 20 sec around a long track that you can dial the car in just perfect for.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't mind if someone disagrees... But Sandcock? Cock?! Come on...

        Anyways, I do see Vipers here, as well as Z06s and Ford GTs but they are rare. To be honest, I've seen more Enzos here remarkably (not in garages but on the road) but then again, Swiss people have plenty of money.

        And I don't know if the Viper sucks, but some people do tend to think that (youtube Fifth Gear Viper vs Corvette for instance). It's a marmite car, I can understand that but that's the normal Viper...

        The ACR on the otherhand is... Well I said what I thought above.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sandcock - A Lotus Elise/Exige is much cheaper because it's got a Toyota engine and was funded by Proton of South Korea. Sure it's as fuel efficient as a Corolla, but that's because it's got the same engine.

        The Viper on the other hand has an engine resulting from the Chrysler-Lamborghini partnership of the early 90s and a race bred aero and suspension design that were honed in the late 90s when the older generation Vipers were winning GT2 championships and Le Mans categories.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hasn't this car been tested in numerous rags?

      The last sentence of this article should have been "we're working furiously to find those lap times and won't post anymore poor quality car pr0n until we do."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't Chrysler say that they were going to kill Viper?
        • 7 Years Ago
        pretty good last meal if you ask me

        the ACR is going to destroy both the zr1 and v-spec

        1000 lbs of downforce... im calling 7:19, a fitting send off for the viper
        • 7 Years Ago

        Yes, but even a condemned man gets a last meal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a possible kill-off. Nothing concrete has been decided yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The red one was in R&T last month, destroying everything in a 4-track comparo with the GTR, lambo, exige, db9, gt2, etc. I can't imagine that with essentially street legal race tires and more power than both that it won't be in GTR/ZR1 time range, probably even bettering both of them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Indeed, without a Chrysler or sponsored team pulling out the effort, there's little chance of this car pulling off a 'record' run.

        But that says nothing about the prowess of the machine. With the right driver and right team supporting it for several practice laps, I'm sure its capable of great things.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you mean "barred" or "bored"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wouldn't doubt if the Viper beats both the ZR1 or GT-R, it has aerodynamic aids and better tires. But it's also more of a track day car, so either the ZR1 or GT-R would be more livable.

      Even if it doesn't I'd still take a Viper over either of those two.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hah! I actually have a pic of the black/graphite car with it's driver literally posing for pics in front of it. His spiffy white race suit with black mesh front makes him look like Buzz Lightyear or something. Behind him is a different red and white viper than shown above. Gotta love the power of the webcam....
      • 7 Years Ago
      as old as that viper design is, i still love it. makes the m5 on the left of it look downright wimpy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my brother saw the same acr twice in toronto so its not that rare
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