• Feb 4, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge Viper ACR

Chrysler has been out shopping its Viper line since August of last year, and reports now indicate that there are at least three interested parties that have made offers for America's other sports car. So far, there's no word on who those suitors may be, but past rumors had indicated that both Saleen (not likely) and Roush were interested.

When the announcement was initially made that the automaker was considering offloading Viper as a brand. The prevailing thought was that the move could save the car from extinction; now, the tables have turned and it's generally acknowledged that Viper's sale may actually help save its struggling parent company. The income from selling the sportscar unit could help bolster the report due to Congress by the end of March regarding Chrysler's long-term viability, but the automaker doesn't expect to have anything finalized by D-day.


[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 29 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      elindiano. Are you here to embarrass yourself? Have you ever been to a race track? Have you? Have you ever even driven a fast car. Are you aware of how many viper owners also own 911 Turbos, Gallardos, Vettes, etc. etc. etc. Nearly every one of these people will tell you bar none the viper is the race car of the bunch. All you are doing is making yourself look like a moron because any mental midget such as yourself can do some internet research and see that in road racing the viper dominated. Even with the penalties it dominated. Take a look at street legal drag racing. Full weight, 6 speed viper running in the 7 in the quarter mile. Reliably. And it still retains the stock IRS (that is independent rear suspension genius). Do some research before you start shooting your mouth off. You are acting like a democrat. Try and think before you speak.

      I have driven TT vipers. I have driven TT porsches. I have driven vettes. I have driven a gallardo. They all have their place, but if I was racing for my life, I and any other person who knows how to drive (i.e. not using nanny controls) would choose the viper. That is all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Viper is a phenomenal machine but it will not save Chrysler, Chrysler is already in its grave but they are delaying the burial with all the bailouts. They should sell the Viper and keep the machine alive before Chrysler shuts down and start liquidations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well,

      I do agree with Corvette's history, but, I do not agree that no ones knows the Viper.

      They are both GREAT sport cars and deserve to be kept with their companies.

      Each car companies needs an Icon vehicle and these are it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Did you all know that the Viper body is painted and sub-assembled at Saleen and the majority of the Ford GT was built there also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Steve, Do you work at Saleen ? If you did you would know I'am right!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Saleen supplies the paint for the current Vipers.

        --RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Viper is stunning, but the formula (big, truck V10) could be improved with technology. How about a slightly smaller one with a powerful turbo V6 to compete with the likes of Z4 only more fun and less pretence? I'd want one of those badly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        all that sound and its no faster than a middle of the range german sports car

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP9Ok7zD-58
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently you have never driven one. No quality issues with my 2001, not a single issue. I have also owned supercharged and twin turbos and still have a Grand National. Turbos and superchargers are awesome, but so is a non boosted V-10 which currently can do 600HP. Think about it, they have more horsepower then the Lambo V10 by 50 ponies or more. It was the first car to reach 450 and 500 horsepower back in 94 if memory serves. It would not be a Viper without that V10 and its been improved from when it was a diesel truck motor to a 450 horsepower motor up to 2009 with the 600 horsepower motor. Trust me, that V10 is going nowhere. I could see Hennessy or SMS buying this vehicle.

        Chrysler could have used a platform like the Crossfire to compete with the 4 and 6 cylinder micro cars, after all it was a sharp small car, but thats also a different beast... and a different conversation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mobius, your idea is fine... but it just wouldn't be a Viper.

        Viper has been about outrageous excess and total overkill since Day 1. To "go green" would be against everything it stands for.

        It doesn't care about the environment.
        It doesn't care about efficiency.
        It doesn't care about being politically correct.

        It cares only about one thing: brute force.

        And that is exactly why it RULES.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hehe, thanks lots for the offer, I'd find some kinda excuse someday :P

        Anyways, they could always name it after a smaller snake? :) I'm not an expert on reptiles, though, anyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to correct this. Excuse the caps. They are so other people notice. THE VIPER V10 IS NOT A TRUCK ENGINE FOR THE LAST TIME. This is as true as people saying pit bulls have lock jaw. Pit bulls do NOT have a locking jaw, neither does any other animal that has ever walked the face of the earth.

        With that said. Mobius, you have to understand the origins of the viper and what it stands for. The viper is the sandpaper that goes against the grain. it went against all conventional wisdom, all modern developments, and did it with flying colors. Porsche engineers kept saying you couldn't make an over weight front engined car outhandle yadda yadda yadda. Well guess what, the viper raped, and has been raping the porsche since its inception. They have to penalize the hell out of racing vipers just so the imports can compete. Racing vipers run narrower tires, huge air restrictors, lead weights, etc. I would rather see the viper killed than see it was a small light weight engine. I agree the results could be very promising...but that isn't what the viper is about.

        TO the H1 comment. I see where you are coming from but I still disagree. The H1 is not a poser. It is a $100k plus vehicle. The reason I say the H2 and H3 are poser vehicles is due to the owners. Who excessively name drop Hummer every where they go. I always here this when I valet, can you can get my "hummer". It is clear they use the name in an attempt to impress people. That is like me bragging to all these girls in a club that I have a ferrari, when the ferrari I have is a Mondial. They are thinking FERRARI..as in a newer, more expensive model. People with H2s namedropping hummer everywhere are attempting the create the impression they are driving this rare and very expensive machine, when in reality they are driving something lesser than an escalade. Which isn't saying much. That is my point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Again, you make some great points but to take the V10 out of the Viper is like taking the V6 Turbos out of the GTR, the V8 out of the Vette, the V10 from the Gallardo or V12 from Murciealgo, its just not right. The Viper should have as politically uncorrect a motor as possible and as American muscle goes, thats the V10 from Dodge.

        If your ever near Syracuse, holler, I will let you try out my Viper if your careful :) Once you feel and hear the V10, even my big Hemi seems like a 4 banger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, talk about a big mess.

      That's like GM giving up the Corvette.

      Very bad move on Chrysler LLC's part.

      Nardelli. What are you thinking?

      Time for a new CEO. Get Lee back on the helm.

      What is going on with our American car makers. Is everyone sleeping on the job?

      Snap out of it!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "That's like GM giving up the Corvette"

        Not even close. The Corvette started production in 1953--about 56 years of tradition and fame as a gorgeous American sports car. The Viper only started production in 1991--about 18 years ago. It's never been as popular, and isn't nearly as well known as the Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I can say is, I'm glad I bought my Gen II GTS Viper back in November of '08. As soon as the market tanked I jumped on one.

      I agree with some of these above statements - there's nothing like this car. At not-quite 30 years of age, I've already driven some Vettes and a handful of muscle cars. But the Viper is an entirely different entity. This thing scares you, and it will punish any stupidity you possess.

      Jeff
      • 5 Years Ago
      i cant remember the last time i actually saw a viper.

      the car sells about as well as hemroid creme.

      Yes there is a small market for it, just like their is a small market for people who try to cram 50 quarter pounders out their poo shoot and wonder why something's irritated down there.

      it has a use, however it is not Chrysler's biggest seller.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice anal fixation there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, I agree with all that.

      Chrysler still needs and image making vehicle.

      Keep the Viper and improve the overall quality. Small volume vehicles can still make a profit.

      I would love to see the small concept Venom put into production with a 300hp 3.5 litre direct injection V6.

      That could give really make it a competitor to the Honda S2000, the GM two seaters, etc.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought of the Viper as its own brand, and I'm fine to see it sold off as its own. Could bode well for Viper...or not. Dodge can do fine without it, perhaps even start a new supercar that is a bit more environmentally friendly.

      Anywho, a Viper brand is good, I'd love to see variants. Obviously, a turbocharged 1000hp model is in order. Then perhaps a mini-viper....of sorts. Something smaller, but still as brash, bold, and uncontrollable as the original. Oh, and the Viper Chopper needs to be made. Tomahawk, yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to sell off the Viper name and concentrate their efforts on not putting out absolute garbage for automobiles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see this going bad and some Indian or Chinese company buying up the Viper, only to turn it into a joke. Why sell it at all, why not just put it on hiatus until the economy comes back?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was all for Chrysler selling the Viper as long as it went to a reputable company (Roush). However, you bring up a valid idea, why not just send the Viper on a Camaro-like hiatus for a few years. When (if) things are better in a few years, Chrysler can bring it back with a bang and tons of hype.
    • Load More Comments