Celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary and last year of production.
To mark the fact that 2017 is the final year and the 25th anniversary of the Viper, Dodge is launching five limited-edition versions of the famous sports car. Customers can order the special Vipers starting this Friday, June 24.
The first version is the 2017 Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, which is named for the 1:28.65 record lap time that a Viper set at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Viper ACR gets dressed up in a red-and-black theme with the car’s optional Extreme Aero and package and carbon-ceramic brakes, plus various 1:28 Edition badges. Production will be limited to “as many as” 28 copies. The naming convention follows in the footsteps of 2010’s Viper ACR 1:33 Edition, named because that car set a 1:33.915 lap at MRLS.
There’s also a Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR that pays tribute to the white-and-blue colour scheme of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition. It’s painted Pearl White with blue stripes, and comes with the ACR’s Extreme Aero and Extreme Carbon packages, carbon-ceramic brakes, red seat belts, red Stryker badges, and a car cover customized with the owner’s name. Up to 100 will be offered.
Two of the other special-edition models are styled to look like historical Vipers. The VooDoo II Edition ACR is black with red accenting, in an homage to the 2010 Viper VooDoo; sales are limited to 31 cars. The Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC, meanwhile, comes in Snakeskin Green paint to match the car of the same name sold in 2010.
The final version of the 2017 Dodge Viper is the Dealer Edition ACR. It’ll be sold only through the nation’s top-selling Viper dealers – Tomball Dodge in Texas and Roanoke Dodge in Illinois – and will be painted white with a blue center stripe, a red driver stripe, and red interior accents. A total of 33 units will be made available.
Regardless of which version you pick, there’s only one powertrain choice on offer for the 2017 Dodge Viper: An 8.4-litre V10 rated for 645 horsepower, with a six-speed manual transmission.
Dodge will discontinue the Viper after the 2017 model year. Reports suggest that, in part, that’s due to a lack of side-curtain airbags that will be required for 2018.