• Feb 8, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge Viper ACR

Saleen's future has been in upheaval the last few years. First, company founder Steve Saleen left, then the company's assets were sold off to private investors. Its new owners plan to continue making superchargers and bolt-on parts, but Saleen's turnkey Racecraft and S lines could face the axe, while the company's former keepers retain ownership of its supercar manufacturing business while they figure out what they can do with it.

Meanwhile, Chrysler has been looking to sell of its Viper operation, but while Saleen could have been a contender in years past, in its current condition few expect it to make such a large acquisition. That may be a false assumption, however, as silence is speaking louder than words. Understandably, Chrysler's management is not disclosing the identities of the three potential buyers with which it is discussing the future of the Viper enterprise, but Saleen's new owners are likewise refusing to comment. That kind of silence can be as deafening as a Saleen exhaust note, leaving us to wonder if the company's new owners could turn the broken shards of a once-great American company into a new powerhouse with the Viper packing the punch.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I meantioned Saleen the last time this mentioned. It could use nav and some of the features Porsche, Lambo, GTR, Vette and every other car has frankly. I would like some of those features myself. I would also like it designed with more curves, like Saleen has done. At 90k, its hard to justify the current Viper pricing. The 07 Z06 can beat it from start to stop for less money and more gadgets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos

        Well it looks like just being a "man's car" isn't good enough..... And it's about to be DROPPED and SOLD!!!

        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you really don't understand that the Viper isn't meant for everyone, it is meant to be man's man car. It doesn't need those pansy stuff. If you want those buy a Corvette.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As I said, keep the current Viper just like it is, raw unadulterated power, but use that basis of the platform and also visceral thrills in more accessible packages: smaller engines, lighter cars, more luxurious interiors, better equipment etc. This would allow this junior Viper to be marketed to more people and allow the owner (whoever it will be) to make more cash (to spend on the proper raw Viper! Yay!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well,

      Selling the Dodge Viper to another company is wrong. Period!

      Nardelli needs to step down and a new CEO has to take over who knows the industry.

      Would GM sell the Corvette? True, Viper has not been in production as long, but, it is Chrysler's image vehicle. What do they have now?

      Keep the Viper, update it and put car guys and gals at the helm!!!

      • 5 Years Ago
      They'll just turn the Viper into a hot hatch and say it's better because it gets better mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Well Chrysler needs to focus on its bread and butter cars and niche cars like the Viper are distractions at this point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some car humour to lighten the mood....

      http://pastexpiry.blogspot.com/search/label/cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Selling off the Viper is not going to do jack to cure Chrysler's other products. It's not going to make the Caliber, Compass, Avenger, Sebring, Patriot and all of other Chrysler's terrible products better.

      Also Saleen as a company is on very shakey ground and there's speculation regarding their financial health. Whether or not they can really swing or support Viper remains to be seen.

      The story surrounding Viper is probably more smoke and mirrors by Chrysler before they appear before Congress to try and convince everyone that they are still viable. Which they are not. With the market shrinking one if not more of the American automakers will be snuffed out, Chrysler will certainly be one of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why on good earth would Chrysler want to sell their only vehicle that has some real guts in it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because for all the 'right' Chrysler does with the Viper, they need to work on the wrong in 85% of their portfolio. The bread and butter needs to be addressed first.

        Love the Viper... I hope that the new owner doesn't wuss it up with posh interiors and electronic nanny's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's all about the bottom line for Chrysler, now. Unfortunately, assets need to be sold off for any hope of recovery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it was in 2006 or 07 Arturo, then Viper had to get more out of the engine, which they did. Since your comparing 2009 (ZR1 is mentioned so i assume 09) remember Dodge basically stopped production for 1 year while they got help eeking more ponies from the car to get even. The Vette is also 2 less cylinders.

      Difference between me and most comments is I own a Viper and will not buy another one because the new one is so bland. Yes, there is nothing like the raw V10, but apparently navigation or an egear style tranny or even all wheel drive would make it a womans car instead of a "man's man" car as mentioned above. LOL. Must mean only women drive Vettes, Ferraris, Lambos, Porsche and so on. You should drive a Viper then lets say... a Lambo. You would pick the Lambo with all wheel drive, navigation, egear etc., because after a while just pure brute power alone does not make a great car. Thats just my opinion. Be cheaper to buy a Cobra replica with a big motor for less money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, well I like all 3 cars, I like the viper looks, the zr1 ride, and the z06 price. I think for most of us, well at least in my case, experiencing the torque of let say a viper would be like a dream. It might be something that once once you get over that, you would appreciate something not so raw, like the viper and go for something like the Zr1. If Chrysler could make another viper following what gm did with the vette to make it a zr1 I am sure the viper would be the best choice out of all 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know this is completeeeeelllly off topic, but the Dodge Viper GTS ACR was the most stunning American car EVER made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a wise choice seeing as the new owners currently own the company which repairs all the engines for vipers still under warranty. They could greatly help both companies if this were to happen.
      Not that I have inside information or anything...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's not forget which vehicle has the fastest lap time on the Nürburgring.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordschleife_fastest_lap_times
        • 5 Years Ago
        Regardless, it was essentially a stock car. The Viper has adjustable suspension for the track. As for the tires, meh =P.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick
        The ACR ran that lap completely stock... all they did was adjust the suspension a little, but that's because it comes with an adjustable suspension. If you need a Japanese dude to do that for you, buy a GT-R. The Viper is for people who want a street legal race car they could could mess around with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure if I agree.

      Niche cars are image makers and Chrysler needs an image.

      I agree on focusing on the bread and butter cars like the 300series, the new 200 series, etc. but, image is very important and keeping the Dodge Viper is important
      • 5 Years Ago
      test!
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