• Nov 4, 2009
2009 Dodge Viper ACR - Click above for high-res image gallery

At the Chrysler business plan meeting this morning, Ralph Gilles, CEO of the Dodge car brand, dropped big news on the Viper. After going back and forth for the past 18 months on what to do with Viper, Chrysler has decided that production of the current Viper will end in July 2010. Before that happens, 500 final cars will be built that, according to Gilles, will be the most special Vipers ever. Gilles explained that the company wanted to preserve the value of existing Vipers by not continuing the current generation indefinitely. He didn't give any details on what would be special with the final 500 cars.

However, Viper fans need not mourn yet. Gilles revealed that an all new car is being developed with a launch targeted in 2012! Even better the Viper will be getting some help from Chrysler's new Italian colleagues... and lets not forget about a certain Fiat outpost that uses a yellow-and-black Prancing Horse for its logo that's based in Maranello. Let's just hope they keep the Viper's elemental nature in the new generation.




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      Mexican
      • 5 Years Ago
      why do they even bother who gives a crap what happens to vipers. rednecks are just as happy with trucks.
        Mexican
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mexican
        John Bob, most people don't give a scheiße what you think. and most people here don't give a scheiße about vipers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mexican
        stop acting like anyone cares about what you think.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was only matter of time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is anyone even reading the entry? It states that it's only the current model that's ending production.

      The Viper is still due for a redesign in 2012.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My crystal ball sees:

      an Alfa 8C competizione successor, paired with the next Maserati GT... sharing a platform with Viper.

      In engine land, its cloudy.

        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, i'm not sure how much sharing 'dodge' will have with maranello.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How we forget the past, the original Viper engine was developed with Lamborghini, as at the time Chrysler owned Lambo back in the early 1990's. They took the RAM V-10 iron block and completely revised it to Aluminum with new heads, induction, etc. not the same as the truck. Having the engine massaged or developed by Ferrari would not be a bad thing, but I would think that a V-10 is a must for the new model as well, but maybe a smaller displacement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please drop ship a black/red stripe ACR off at Heffner Performance for me. I will be along next week to pick it up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not like it really matters, but since you're supposed to be uber-car freaks, not sure how you messed this one up: the Ferrari horse is black on a yellow background. There's never been a yellow horse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think Palomino.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Palomino is a strip club in Vegas, so you really don't want me "thinking Palomino"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH MY GOD!
      My Life Would Suck Without Viper!!
      c'mon man... that car is my dream!
      Can't live without it!!!
      SH!T
      • 5 Years Ago
      HondazFTW, I feel sorry for you.. All you'll ever drive for the rest of your closed minded life will be nothing more than a civic. Forget your Ferrari dream car, its not ever going to happen. The Vipers arent perfect sports cars, but please do not put your girly high school civic in the same sentence with the Viper. Civics arent sports cars, no matter what you do with them, its still that "civic" every high school girls ever dream of having on her 16th birthday, and you're one of them. And the comment you've made about the Vette. Name one honda car in production now that is close to a Vette??? None.... Do all of us a favor. Graduate from high school, and no GED doesnt count, and keep on driving your girly civic and keep dreamin of your Ferrari. Peace out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still love the Viper. I will still love it 30 years from now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best thing Fiat can do is kill viper and use the name plate for 20-30k sports car..
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you smoking? You think that using the viper name on some cheap car is a good idea. The viper represents their top car. It is designed to be a brute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      will someone please state the facts, the viper has 600 hp. not 500. the current generation handles as good or better than a lot of $100k sports cars. and as far as the interior style, it looks a lot better than the interiors of lambos, lotus, etc. again people post and dont know their facts, they take old negative claims from years ago about the viper, and use them for their argument, the viper has been refined, tuned, and improved,in every way over the past models, however i still love the gen 1 curves!!!!

      please read these facts from motortrend mag.

      For 2008, the Dodge Viper SRT will use an 8.4-liter aluminum V-10 engine that produces a full 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-60 times are under four seconds, 0-100-0 in under 12 seconds, and braking 60-0 comes in less than 100 feet. enough said!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Viper is a special car. They aren't built to suit everyone. I bought mine because everyone has a Vette, and it is pure performance. There are no bells and whistles, and it isn't a 2-door, low-riding, plush wanna-be-race-car. Granted you need to work to drive it, but that's the fun of it. In a straight line, few can touch the Viper (especially for the money), and it is no slouch on the track. As for looks, they are unique and espouse the monster of a car that it is.

      I imagine most of the negative comments are coming from people that have never driven one, couldn't drive one, or can't afford one, or all of the above.....Probably the same people responsible for the current government/unions destroying the American car industry....



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