• Nov 24th 2009 at 4:26PM
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2010 Dodge Viper ACR - Click above to watch the video

The Dodge Viper is many things to many people. An object of unparalleled lust to some, a big-mouthed, truck-engined Corvette ripoff to others. And an ankle burner to still others. But no one ever thought of Dodge's V10 quarter-mile thug as a serious track car. Until the Viper ACR showed up.

Lighter (especially in Hardcore Package guise) and producing ten times as much downforce as the "regular" SRT10 Viper, the ACR model set off some pretty big waves when the big-winged snake debuted (especially in the Nurburgring record community), even though most of the rippling came from the street-legal slicks. But never mind all that, the new 2010 Dodge Viper ACR is here, and it's even better than the 2009 version.

Why? Well, it's faster (top speed is now 202 mph) and quicker (it can reach said top speed a whole 14 seconds sooner than the 2009 model). How? Gearing, specifically 5th gear, which has been revised from 0.741 to 0.796. Also, the end caps on the giant wing have been revised, resulting in that higher top end. Some new colors, too. We have tons of videos of it rumbling/blasting around Laguna Seca for your perusal, after the jump. Hat tip to Ryan!

UPDATE: Looks like Dodge, the Viper ACR and driver Chris Winkler just broke the Laguna Seca single-lap record with a time of 1:33.944. Those of you with longish memories will remember that a Devon GTX (powered by a Viper motor) recently set the (now) old record at Laguna -- 1.35.075. In other words, the new Viper ACR just beat the previous record by more than a second. Impressive. And yet another video, after the jump.

UPDATE 2: Gallery of images from the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR's day at the track added.

UPDATE 3: Chrysler just twittered: "To honor Viper's record-breaking lap at Laguna Seca, Dodge will rollout a Laguna Seca Special Edition Viper." Now that's planning product on your feet!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder if GM will answer with a similarly-themed version of the ZR1? . . .
        • 5 Years Ago
        WTFBBQ 5:59PM (11/24/2009)

        Wonder if GM will answer with a similarly-themed version of the ZR1? . . .

        Seriously? The zr1 is to the acr as the z06 is to a regular viper

        there are what? four to five variants of the corvette now?

        how many do they need to keep chasing the vipers tail lights?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Record schmecord! This is only possibly a "track record" when all the qualifiers (street legal, street tires, pump gas, etc) are added. The term "track record" is indeed used WAY too loosely these days. According to Wikipedia, the track record at Laguna Seca is held by a Champ car that turned 1:05, which is light years better than the 1:33 by the Viper. Of course a Champ car is a single-seater full on race car. However, the Radical SR8 is a production two-seater that can run street tires and pump gas. It (in some form) turned a 6:48 at the Nürburgring, compared to 7:22 for the Viper ACR, so if the Radical were run at Laguna Seca, wouldn't it beat the Viper? Depends on how the cars are equipped, of course.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Following the same lines of thinking, calling a radical a "production car" is even more of a stretch.

        A viper is a legitimate production car, the ACR has stickier tires, less sound deadening, stiffer suspension, and aero.f

        There's still a pretty big gap between a decontented production car and a barely able to retrofit to be street legal race car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hrm, I wonder how close I can get to that record with the 2009 version in Forza 3.......

        • 5 Years Ago
        Just pulled it off in 1:36.755. No assists, it's difficult but man is it fun. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is interesting to me is that the same people who are calling the ACR Viper a race car would not think twice in praising a Porsche GT3 RS if it had set this record, or one at the Nurburgring. It has the same sticky, but street legal tires, the same insulation removed to cut weight. The ACR Viper is very much a street legal car, and if these detractors had ever driven one then they would know that it's not a luxury car, but it's reasonably comfortable (like the GT3) considering it's amazing track capabilities.

      Any real comparison to Champ cars, F1 cars, race motorcycles or Radical SR8s are just absurd, as there is ZERO chance that you will EVER see any of those dedicated full-race cars sitting in a morning commute crawl, or in a McDonalds drive-thru.

      This is another prime example proving that the Viper is one of the best performing true-production cars in the world at any price. The numbers don't lie.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car takes no prisoners. Teenagers popping their zits wouldn't know how to drive it. They would end up dead. It takes a man to drive this car. No traction control. Nothing to save you. I admit I would have to take the Skip Barber course before even touching one. It is an all out legend.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The older cars are a handful. The 08+ base and ACRs are actually very predictable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. I've driven one, and it's a real handful.

        But I've also ridden shotgun to a pro taking a hot lap in one, and it is incredible what it can do in the right hands!
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL @ all these teenagers trying to make judgment about the Viper, when the closest they will ever get to one is from behind a roped off section at a car show.

      Little hint for you youngin's. Dodge doesn't G.A.F about your opinions...including the majority of AB "writers" (I use that term lightly).

      Where are all of your BS super cars that cost 5X as much but cant win anything except the heart of a 16 year old boy? LOL

      Park those super cars back in the weeds and make room for the KING! The '10 AC-RR

      (RR for Ring Record...which it will absolutely DESTROY after they get the car over there).

        • 5 Years Ago
        I like LFA alot, but I have to say that supercars out there need a long way to go to beat poisonous beast like Viper. I would take LFA over Viper, but I don't think LFA is faster than VIPER in any cases.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        OOPS! I got my junk brands confused. Thank you for the correction.

        I get my bankrupted American theif automakers confused sometimes. Chrysler/Cerberus or GM. It's all the same junk.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you one of those old people who uses a car like this as a substitute for your perpetually flacid manhood?

        Yeah park all those nice cars like Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, SLR's, Aston Martins, etc. in the weeds and make way for the unsophisticated, loud, obnoxious GM junk heap? Yes it's fast, but so's any rattle trap you stick some nitrous onto, until it bursts into flames.

        How can you even compare this to a supercar? It's a muscle car: huge horsepower and no refinement.

        You complain that teenage boys like supercars, but this car looks like something a 5 year old sketched in crayon!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dodge, which is part of Chrysler, makes the Viper, not GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is completely fair to compare the Viper to other production cars. Street legal race car or not, they're all playing by the same rules. If somebody else wants to dethrone it by offering a stripped version of their car for sale, nobody's stopping them. Until then, this is very deserving of the fastest production car crown. No asterisk required. I think it's a very impressive and relevant achievement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL @ the 17 year old. Yeah, you would do great. Defecating in your
      undies after releasing the clutch and then plowing the car straight
      into the wall...lmmfao.

      Bring on that over priced ugly as sin Lexus POS that wont even sell.
      The ACR will spank its azz too. With ease.

      You were offended by my comment because it was the truth. You have never, and will never, drive a Viper. Let alone any other car you pretend to know things about.

      Go put a new fart can on your rusted out civic and go back to school Jr.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Louis Hamilton started his karting career at age 8, got his first
        Formula contract at 13. He did the smaller Formula races until age
        22 when he bacame the youngest Formula 1 champion in history.

        Age has nothing to do with it. I'm not saying Steve-O is a child
        prodigy, but your age bias is unfounded and stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but those same people who have raced their whole life don't go on random message boards blogging about how they got to drive their aunts viper once, making it a point to tell everyone he's 17, driven a viper, and been to "all of skip barber's racing schools."

        Sure, plenty of kids like that exist, but this kid doesn't sound like one of them. And, as a recent Chrysler employee, I can say that Chrysler doesn't just hand out Vipers as "company cars." There are very few people who drive vipers with any regularity, and those people know the consequences well enough not to let a teenager just take one out for a spin.

        Maybe she does own a viper, but unless she's pretty high on the totem pole, it's not a company car.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ricky: Sounds like you need to go back to your retirement home and change your adult diaper.

        Are you envious of young people who drive cars or something? You ride a pedal bike or something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      as a teenager i'm quite offended by your comment. i've done all of the skip barber racing courses, so i believe i could take on the beast. i wouldn't be able to get any where near this lap time, but i'd be able to do decently.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like the brain-snatchers from Fiat haven't infected Team Viper yet. Hold out, guys! Call if you need weapons! ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't throw barbs at the "brain snatchers" from FIAT, as they will be the ones figuring out if the Viper can be reborn around 2012.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In 20 years I'll be 38 oh damn that's old,no offense old folks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And still living at your mommy's house, no doubt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So Jake you want me to be a failure like you
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 20 years from 18 to 38 go surprisingly fast. I'm 40 and "age 18" feels like a long weekend ago, two months ago, tops. And before anyone says I must be a loser, I am a married professional with 3 kids, an awesome career and am HAPPY.

        And I would still prefer the ZR1 over this car, but it IS a mighty beast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm 38. Had a 3some with a singer and a model on saturday.
        No apology needed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In 20 years these ACR Vipers are gonna bring bank at Barrett-Jackson. Assuming we make it through 2012 of course.
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