2017 Viper New Car Test Drive
Over more than 20 years, the V10 Viper has outgrown its reputation as evil, uniquely charismatic, but evil. Today, with much more horsepower than at the beginning, it's a brute of a different color, balanced. The interior is civilized, the tires grip, and the stability and traction control keep it safe. The shape is beautiful. It's no Chevy Corvette or Porsche 911, but that's the point. It doesn't want to be. It's a fitting tribute to itself.
The 2017 Viper, the fifth year of this generation, will be the final Viper, after a quarter of a century. To celebrate its retirement, there are six special models. Only a few hundred total of these models were built, and they are all sold out. The standard model may still be available, however.
The Viper 1:28 Edition ACR is named for the current ACR's lap record of 1:28.64 at Laguna Seca Raceway. It's black with a different-colored rear wing, red stripes, aero package and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR carries the pearl white and blue colors of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition. It too features an aero package and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR is black like the 2010 VooDoo, with a graphite metallic stripe with red outline, plus the aero package and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC is inspired by the 2010 Snakeskin ACR. It's got green paint with a patterned SRT stripe, black interior, and the aero package.
The Viper Snakeskin ACR Edition comes in Snakeskin Green with a snakeskin pattern stripe, snakeskin badge, the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes, a serialized instrument panel, and Snakeskin Green car cover with the owner's name over the driver's door. Since if you bought one it would be used, so it would have someone else's name over your door.
The Dodge Dealer Edition ACR should be named the Dodge Dealer in Tomball, Texas and Roanoke, Illinois Edition ACR, since those are the only two dealers who sold this model. It's white with a blue racing stripe, Adrenaline Red driver stripe, carbon-ceramic brakes, and the aero package.
The Viper, which gets about 15 miles per gallon, hasn't been crash tested.
With the rest of the 2017 lineup, there are no changes, in the base Viper SRT, GTC, GTS, and the track-ready ACR. The SRT starts at about $90,000, including a $2100 gas guzzler tax and $2495 destination, while the ACR pushes it to about $120,000.
The different models don't just change trim, they change the handling. The SRT is basic, and firm for the track. The GTC and GTS get adaptive dampers and upgraded electronics to make them gentler for daily driving, plus a backup camera. The ACR features Bilstein coil-over racing shocks, carbon-ceramic brakes, and Kumho Ecsta tires. Available on the ACR is an aero package with carbon-fiber wing, diffuser, louvered hood, and extendable front splitter.