• Dec 31, 2008

Click above for a gallery of the ASC Diamondback Viper Concept

A McLaren-tuned Dodge Viper? That's some synergy, and it's also what everyone was asking when American Specialty Cars (ASC) unveiled their reworked asp at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2006. But there was a logic to it all: At the time, Chrysler was still in bed with Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, which was tied in with McLaren and produced the SLR supercar. The Diamondback Viper Concept boasted a McLaren-tuned V10, but while the F1 team was running Mercedes mils around the grand prix circuit, this super-snake was created by an entirely different McLaren.

The Diamondback concept featured a host of carbon fiber body panels and an "OmniCarbon" hood to show off the car's 615-horsepower V10 tuned by McLaren Performance Technologies. The American outfit based near Indianapolis was started by the same Bruce McLaren behind the F1 team, but with a focus on preparing his Can-Am racers for competition in North America. Whatever the association with the legendary Kiwi, the Diamondback was a real show-stopper. Unfortunately, only the one example was made, but that show car is now available for a lucky buyer to take home. It cost ASC about $750,000 to build the Viper back in 2006, but only 55 miles later, it's up for grabs for $295k. Follow the link for more details, and be sure to check out the images in the gallery below.

[Source: DodgeVipersForSale.com]



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      mmstowes
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aesthetically, it's a bit much for me, but then....it's a Viper. It can get away with being ostentatious because...well...it's a Viper. And that's a steal of a price, but I don't know where $750,000 could've gone into it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @mmstowes
        maybe the run flats are packed with bills to the tune of 625,000?
      • 6 Years Ago


      Super Snake car is awesome in looks and in its performance also as
      given in your profile, if i want to buy it then what will be the
      procedure?

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      Seasol

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not surprised, american cars are known for their horrible interior designs so no expection on this case either. But yeh as someone mentioned that engine with MacLaren badge is worth over $200K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Super Snake car is awesome in looks and in its performance also as given in your profile, if i want to buy it then what will be the procedure?

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      Seasol

      New Cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      750k and it still has the stereo out of a chrysler minivan...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I didn't know a minivan can play one of the sweetest V10 soundtracks ever...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Serge
        touche
      • 6 Years Ago
      That engine with the McLaren badge alone is worth about $200,000, although the rest of the car probably isn't worth $95,000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Umm yeah Al Gore must love a 615-hp V10. I'm saying the other parts in this car probably don't quite match the price tag, like the minivan stereo someone mentioned, and I don't like the use of carbon fibre decorations on this car.

        Actually, I still don't get your point. WTF is wrong with expecting something special from a $295,000 auto?
        • 6 Years Ago
        So I guess being one of the best handling production cars is worthless to you...

        You need to look into http://www.autobloggreen.com

        Or even better, www.ilikecrappycarswithgirlieinteriorsblog.com !!!
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