• Jun 7th 2010 at 9:58AM
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At a recent event at Gingerman Raceway in western Michigan, Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles took some time to discuss the Viper as it heads off into retirement in its current form. Unfortunately, for those hoping for clues to the future of the V10 sports car, Gilles said almost nothing of consequence. He did acknowledge that demand for the 2010s has been surprisingly robust, particularly the limited edition ACR-X. As a result, Dodge is considering building an additional batch of the track-only models. Gilles has high hopes for the Viper spec racing series that begins next month, since this will be one of the first chances for Vipers to be running unrestricted in competition.

Many of the 2010 models are being special-ordered by customers with unique finishes and interiors, and according to Gilles, all of this data is being factored into decisions about the future of the brand. He gives no other hints about the car or when (if ever) it might appear. Check out everything Gilles has to say after the jump.


  • The non-street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X boasts safety features such as factory-designed and installed fuel cell and specially tuned and upgraded suspension for on-track usage - shown here prior to body panels being installed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • The non-street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X boasts safety features such as factory-designed race seat - shown here being installed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Engine and vehicle production has begun on the 2010 Dodge Viper at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. The SRT-developed 8.4 liter V-10 engine delivers 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft of torque. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant employees celebrate the �production launch of 25 spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X models as the car became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the plant. Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. "With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles shows some of the first production models of the spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X moments after the cars became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. �Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. �"With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo) Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles shows some of the first production models of the spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X moments after the cars became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. �Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. �"With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      What happened to all the Vipers in GT racing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have my fingers crossed for a successor but please don't alter its character